Tuesday, August 31, 2010

You know you're getting old when...

Last night I was so tired from a weekend of travel, church, and birthday celebrations. I went to bed exhausted but I have to read something before I can go to sleep, even if only for a few minutes.

So I made myself comfortable, fluffed up my pillows, grabbed my book, put on my reading glasses and began to read.

Everything was blurry. I thought to myself, "Wow! You really are tired" and tried to shake the cobwebs from my mind but still could not see clearly.

Then I cleaned my glasses, not once, but three times and never did get rid of the blurr unless I closed one eye.

That's when I realized I was wearing my husband's glasses....

Monday, August 30, 2010

My Jayde is 16 today.


Jayde singing this morning at the table.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Just had to share !!!

I am in a hotel in Asuncion. There is a note on the back of the toilet that warns me not to flush paper, cigarettes or even 'yerba'!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Things I See...

Many people make a living just by transporting goods back and forth  across the borders of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay every day.

Some use hand carts, others go by motorcycle and many carry the bags on their backs. There is little, or no, customs or border check.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Really random

 ~We discovered the world's largest Twinkie is made daily here in a Chinese bakery! Aren't you jealous?

~ Went to my favorite store in Ciudad del Este yesterday, the paint store. They know us by name, know what colors we bought previously, and serve us coffee and cookies!

~ Jayde chose TURKISH TILE and PICKED PLUM for her bedroom. She and her dad are painting it, part of her vo-tech training, right???? I am going with Robin's Egg Blue and Tangerine in the kitchen.

~ We had 16 for our home Bible study on Sunday evening. It was fun to have everyone here at my house but if we keep growing we will outgrow my living room soon.

~Heard Elena speaking Spanish to her new little friend at church. The little girl answered back in Portuguese or as Elena says, 'PORKY CHEESE'.

~ Had lunch with the 'Queen of England' and her husband, 'Prince Charming'. They have been such a blessing and help to us since we arrived here.

 ~ Had to turn the AC on, hard to believe we were freezing a few weeks ago!

~ Figured out what to get my son in law for his upcoming birthday so that I can borrow it from him...

~ Have decided  I must study Portuguese as it is not an option in this city.

~Finished reading "The Tomb of the Inflatable Pig". I would not have believed half of the things in the book if I did not live here myself.  Also finished reading "The Empress of South America; The Life Story of Eliza Lynch" and I am still plodding through "Yo, El Supremo".

~I keep walking into the office to use the treadmill...but it is unplugged...seems like WAY too much effort to have to bend down to plug it in...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Welcome / Bienvenido

It has taken a lot of time and hard work but the living room is starting to feel like home!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

This Week on Facebook


Thank you for your prayers. We had 12 adults and two children. We had at
least 7 or 8 nationalities represented. Including Africa and Japan. Well, a German from a Japanese colony nearby and an African with an Australian father. And two Brazilians and some Polish/Russians...Don't forget the gringos and Venezuelans! OH! ...And a full blooded Paraguayan.



We had lunch with a British couple. We had Indian cuisine with Arab bread, Chinese doughnuts and Lebanese sweets for desert. OH! And I tried Marmite for the first time.



Listening to Jayde's guitar class...her teacher is Chilean.



To live by a river is to make it a part of your life. It flows like
blood through your veins and is never forgotten. You feel its
refreshing cold and respect its power. You miss it when you leave.
Nothing will ever replace it.~ Clint Vernoy



Listening to Jayde's piano class...this teacher is Chilean too!



"Christian leaders are often more in love with the way they do church than they are in love with people in their community." ~ Ed Stetzer (Twitter)



According to the UN, Venezuela is 8 times deadlier than Afghanistan

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Things I See..

The red dirt of Ciudad del Este
as we work on the yard.

and yes! 
that is duct tape she used as a band aid. 
You can take the girl out of the jungle but...

The beginnings of Jewel's flower bed

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The People I Meet

Everyone in this city has a story. I hear  of the most amazing things and the people seemingly take it for granted as if it is normal. When I meet someone, I just never know what their story will be!

For instance, the other night at a home Bible study I over hear my son in law in conversation with a young man who was speaking Spanish and sipping his mate. One would assume he was a typical Paraguayan, whatever that is, until he throws out an English word. Perfect English.

My son in law asks, "Where did you learn your English?"

Young man answers, "Zimbabwe."

I am sure I heard that incorrectly! Then my son in law asks, "What were you doing in Zimbabwe?"

"I was born there."

OK then...

So the young man continues, "My father is Australian so we grew up speaking English at home, and various African languages. Swahili, Zulu... then we moved to Paraguay and lived in the Chaco and I learned Spanish and some Guarani. I decided to go to school in Brazil so I had to learn Portuguese. I met my wife in Brazil! Here let me introduce you."

And he calls over a lovely young lady with a small daughter and new born son.

"This is my wife," he says, "She's Brazilian." 

I used to think I had an interesting pedigree . Cherokee great grandma married to a German whose son married a Scotch - Irish, but now it sounds a little lame.

But then again, I made it to Ciudad del Este myself! That must count for something, kinda like an international MISFITS Merit Badge!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Here we go!

Keep us in prayer tonight as we have the first group Bible study of the Iglesia Bautista Sin Fronteras!

Una congregación que se promueve la enseñanza biblica para el desarollo espiritual de nuestros pueblos.

A congregation that promotes biblical teaching for the spiritual development of our community. 


POST SCRIPT ~ Sunday 10:30 PM~


Thank you for your prayers. We had 12 adults and two children. We had at
least 7 or 8 nationalities represented. Including Africa and Japan. Well, a German from a Japanese colony nearby and an African with an Australian father. And two Brazilians and some Polish/Russians...Don't forget the gringos and Venezuelans! OH! ...And a full blooded Paraguayan!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Week


My heart hurts. I am missing my Chajuraña today.



I am at home all alone....sitting at Clint`s desk...looking at the perfect Rubik`s Kube he just put together...wanting to mess it up...really, really want to mess it up...



More shootings this afternoon. You should have seen Clint wake up  from a nap and go directly into his MARINE mode.



Today is the second anniversary of our arrival in Paraguay.



I wish I could have seen the drama adaptation the Pensacola Chr. College summer tour group did of an event in my husband's jungle ministry!



The Italian Consulate is bringing music teachers to Ciudad del Este to start our own opera here.



Yet again, contemplating on God's awareness of insignificant me has blown my mind! 

 I have  this insane urge to comprehend it. Every time I think I just about have my brain wrapped around the concept...I experience a brain freeze that leaves me whirling!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sleep over with Grandma


Dont tell their mom but the grand daughters and I just watched a video, ate popcorn and chocolate pudding. Now the pizzas are in the oven and we are having ice cream later while we play with the Wii!

Then MAYBE we will go to bed...


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Missionary Moment

Remember that old quote, 

"Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.”

I just realized that is a descritption of most missionary wives as well~ but usually we have a baby on our hip too!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Things I See..

The cabinets in the kitchen when we arrived...again, I cried! This is forty years of grime which had accumulated on every kitchen surface.

 My husband and son in law attacked the cabinets with everything possible including chisels!

This is the finished result

I owe them!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Happy Birthday to my Jewel!

Today my Jewel is twenty!

Jewel was born with an attitude!

She could never sit still for picture taking!

She has always enjoyed any type of hand work.
Here she is watching an indian lady make a hammock.

No matter where she is, she will find a way to be helpful.

She is always up for an adventure.

She loved canoeing on the river in the jungle.

A rough and tumble kid!

She has always loved babies and will make a great mom one day.

Loves drama.

She learned from other cultures that there are different ways to do things.

She makes friends easily!

She has always been interested in medicine.

She wants to be a nurse.

Always was a bit of a tomboy.

Very competitive.

She has become a real beauty...

And I keep wondering ,
"Where has my little, tough, tomboy gone?"


I held a jewel in my fingers
And went to sleep
The day was warm, and winds were prosy
I said, "Twill keep"

I woke - and chide my honest fingers,
The Gem was gone
And now, an Amethyst remembrance
Is all I own

Monday, August 09, 2010

If Countries were people...

Every country and culture has its own style and personality. I find that I mentally classify the different countries I have lived in by attaching a human face to that personality.

The United States of America

It's all about success and prosperity. Some folks love us while others detest us. We can be a bit ruthless as we strive for achievement, and yet, people keep coming, hoping to partake of our wealth. Even those who do not like us, often admire our tenacity. Some people find us to be arrogant because we know we are #1 and don't really care what people think of us, bad hair and all!

If the USA were a person, it would be Donald Trump.
Rich, driven, controlling and somehow entertaining at the same time.


I only lived in Mexico for a year but the thing that stood out the most to me was their love of family and food. Very comforting.

If Mexico were a person, it would be Paula Dean.
Warm, friendly and good cooks!


In Venezuela personal beauty is very important, especially among the women. It is said that Venezuelan women are born wearing high heels. There is a great love for children but sometimes, the Venezuelans can be a tad bit overbearing, like we Americans. They can also be violent, but it is mostly just for show. We forgive them this because they really are beautiful people for the most part.

If Venezuela were a person, it would be Angelina Jolie!
Beautiful, but can be over the top sometimes!


What can I say? Paraguayans are so friendly and yet, you just never quite know what to expect in this country. Something new and strange seems to be lurking around each corner. Whatever it turns out to be will be interesting and never boring!You know you are having fun but it seems like something dangerous is happening behind your back, but HEY!  Its all good!

If Paraguay were a person, it would be the character Willy Wonka


I never lived in Canada but its seems to be nearly invisible to us although it is our next door neighbor. We often forget about Canada but do enjoy knowing it is so nearby when needed. You know it is there and in a pinch will help you out, but for some reason Canada never is in the spotlight.

If Canada were a person, it would be the character
Wilson of
the TV show "Home Improvement'.
Our hidden neighbor next door!

Where do you live?
What person would describe your region?

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Map of Memories

(A note from Yekwanaman)

I just unpacked a hand drawn survey map of the Caura/Erebato river basin in Venezuela, made sometime after MAF first entered Venezuela back in the late 1950´s. It shows the rivers, rapids and different villages, (Chajuraña is on there). Those pilots flew many hours just to record what was down below. Perhaps they were the first to do it. I will be framing it and putting on my office wall here in Paraguay as a connection to the life I will never forget.

It was given to me by a missionary in Venezuela who at one time was with the Orinoco River Mission. He and his wife lived on a house boat with their 6 children  as they traveled to preach in different villages along the Orinoco. They, and others, wanted to go deeper into the jungle, but they needed help. That was when MAF came into the picture.

Another  missionary family with ORM was in the village of Chajuraña traveling in and out by canoe. They loved the MAF plane and the pilots. They helped us with advice and counsel on our way there 20+ years later .

I see places on the map in the jungle where I slept, where the men went hunting, and rapids where some of my friends died.

To touch the map is like touching almost 60 years of missions history, most of it will be forgotten in a few decades and the world will never know of the pilots, missionaries and tribal people who lived in that region. But the people who have lived and worked there, who know Jesus Christ as their Savior, will one day be reunited as family. We will eat Washadi ,(Tapir), Cawaadi (Deer), casabe (manioc bread) and waddue (hot peppers sauce) and drink as much manñoco and Yucuta as we possibly can.

And we will laugh like Ye'kwanas. because it is so much fun.

Yep, I am gonna frame that map and hang it to remember.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Rainy Season in the Amazon

I was recently reading a very old history of the conquest of Mexico and Peru and came across the following lines attributed to an old Spanish Conquistador who had the misfortune of getting lost and wandering for over a year through the Amazon rain forest. Anyone who has traveled through the jungle during the rains will certainly be able to identify with his sufferings! It made me quite nostalgic about the rainy season! It is, of course, written in Spanish and I have left it with his inventive spelling but I have tried to give it a very rough translation into English as well.

 Las Amazonas

" Sin que el sol en este tiempo
Su cara ver nos permita,
Ni las nubes taberneras
Cesse de echamos encima
Dilubios inagotables,
Que hasta el alma nos bautizan.
Cayeron los mas enfermos,
Porque las ropas podridas
Con el eterno agua va,
Nos dexo en las carnes vivas."

The Amazon

The sun, during all this time 
Would not permit its face to be seen,
Nor would the  dark, billowing clouds
Cease to pour down upon us
Their  never ending floods
Until even our very souls were baptized.
The sick and weak began to die, 
Our clothes began to rot
 And because of the eternal rains
we were left with only our  raw, but living, flesh.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Ten Life Principles


Relationships are more important than fame or things.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth,
where moth doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up
for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves do not break through nor steal.

Matthew 16:19-20


Nothing anyone can do to me can harm me; only my reaction will harm me.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28


It is more blessed to give than to receive.

I have shewed you all things, how that labouring ye
ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he
said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Acts 20:35

Each person is a creation of God and is unique.

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee: and
before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee
a prophet unto the nations.

Jeremiah 1:5

Happiness is a by-product of faithfulness to God and not a goal.

But godliness with contentment is great

1 Timothy 6:6


If I am careful to do the little things well, the big things will take care of themselves.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy
might: for there is no wok, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave,
whither thou goest.

Ecclesiastes 9:10


Change is always possible. Neither success nor failure is final.

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed
lest he fall.

1 Corinthians 10:12


I must not take myself too seriously.

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to
every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought
to think: but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to everyman the
measure of faith.

Romans 12:3


Everyone and everything are my teachers. We are interdependent.

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all
members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is

1 Corinthians 12:12


Be all that you are wherever you are.

Whatsoever they hand findeth to do, do it with thy
might: for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the
grave, whither thou goest.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

These principles were shared with us by Dr. Don Sisk who spent many years as a missionary in Japan and later as the General Director of our Mission.. They are foundational truths that will guide your life and minstry.