We are getting busier here. Clint is taking over some of the pastoral duties at a small church near our house.
The interim pastor is a young man, working full time and still has one more year in Seminary. He is struggling to prepare sermons and do pastoral visits and such. The church has great facilities but has lost a lot of members.So we started Sunday evenings there and will do visiting and planning events for them.
Clint is also teaching a lot at the church we are attending. I am teaching SS , but they do not have evening services so this works out well. We are learning a lot from the leadership on how things work here in Paraguay. This church formally sponsored us for our Religious Workers visa so we are happy to be able to help and serve them in any way we may. The people are great.
Clint is also in Guarani language school, I am still home schooling and do not think I can do both adequately. Hopefully I will be able to study some after he finishes. Interestingly enough, the Guarani word for 'wife' translates as 'the thing I own that cooks for me'!
He also has made great connections with the Paraguayan Air Force, through the church, and has been giving seminars to the officers on Authority , Pornography and such. Several of them are coming to church now. So odd to be welcomed on base and treated respectfully by the Commandant, even had a special asasdo (BBQ) to thank him for his teaching. After Venezuela, we were a bit suspicious of all things military!
Personally, I have come in contact with several 'wayward sheep' of late. People who 'used to be in church'. I have made friendships and am finding them opening up to me. Pray for them, I will not share more for respect for their privacy. For this same reason, I do not name the churches or areas we are working in.
Brian and Jackie finish their internship here in May and leave for their furlough in June. They have learned a lot and have been very active in Pastoral duties. Jewel will go back to the states with them to work for the summer before starting college in the fall. She is working here at the Centro Cultural Paraguaya Americana, teaching English, but it pays beans. Still, it has been a good experience for her.
In 2010 we will be moving, along with Brian and Jackie, to Ciudad del Este to do a church plant.
Well, I have to go now and cook for the guy who owns me!