Monday, September 01, 2008

Personal Update

The immigration process is going fairly smoothly, considering we are dealing with a South American country. One of the surprising things for us is that the 'processing fees' (bribes?) are so much less than dealing with Chavistas!

The other thing that is nice, is that we do not see Hugo's posters slathered on every office wall!

We have been cleared by Interpol and the Health Department. You will all be glad to know that we do not have aides or syphilis.

We now have to go around to our neighbors and have them sign an affidavit stating that we actual do reside at the address given as our home.

In the mean while, we have enjoyed getting to know the folks at church here. The girls are active in the teen group and a small group bible study. My husband was able to preach his first sermon as a missionary in Paraguay last Sunday, which was exciting! We enjoyed the service two weeks ago which was in celebration of Children's Day. It is a big deal here so the church service was geared towards the children. My son in law gave a bible lesson using story cards. We had puppets and after the service a carnival type atmosphere had been planned for the neighborhood children with games, prizes, snacks and clowns. It was a great way to bring in families! Here are a few pictures of some of the events.


Basketball!


Feed the pig!


Fishing hole!


And Jewel as a clown !
(She's the one with red hair!)

The people here are very friendly and humble, easy to get along with.

I made a major mistake by shipping our school books. We have only math and 9 weeks worth of other subjects in hand. Our shipment should arrive in port on the 7th.

The 7th of...never!

Oh well, there is a lot to study outside of books! I am preparing a small unit study on Paraguayan history and geography for the girls so that they are more familiar with the country.

I also was able to meet a Paraguayan blogger I have been following for over year a (Muna’s Blog)
as well as spend and evening with one of my favorite bloggers.(Brendas Blog)

And, some how, through it all, I totally forgot today was a holiday!

9 comments:

Betty said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun. Which church do you go to?
I´m glad you got to meet the other bloggers. I was thinking of you´all.

Starla said...

Well it is good to know that you don't have aides or syphilis. It looks like you had a fun day with all the games. I wonder if there is a special crown in Heaven for people who dress up like clowns??? LOL!!! HAPPY LABOR DAY!!!!

~K~ said...

I forgot it was Labor Day too!

Brooke said...

I'm glad to hear things are going so well for you!

Pam said...

Is that Brian in that first photo? Looks like a great day. I can only imagine how significant it was for Clint as he preached his first sermon as a missionary in a new land.

I've been enjoying some back and forth emails with our new found cousin Alan.

groovyoldlady said...

We just labored as usual on Labor Day.

Don't tell my children about Children's Day...They'll want to celebrate too!

The Localmalcontent said...

NO AIDS? A very happy holiday/anyday indeed.
With many to come obviously.

Rebecca said...

Thank God about the health dept clearance! I know how worried you must have been about those illnesses! lol Ok you people don't write me I'm only kidding.

MightyMom said...

fabulous idea!! love those clowns!