THE CROVERS VISIT
February 26- March 3, 2008
Our family and the Crovers at Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Ryan in front of Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
His face says it all - Tyler loved
the zip-line at the hotel
Ginny loved the zip-line at the hotel
Jeff and Jeana playing with the new ultrasound
March 1, 2008
Saturday we went to Jakubo for a mobile clinic. Jeff saw a record 50 patients! I helped at the lab table where everyone seemed to want every lab available. Sheri, an SIM team mate living in Asuncion, came to do eye exams. Greg and Vonni (team mates in language training from
The day before Jeff saw his record patient load here at the house too. Between 1:00 and 7:00 he saw 26 patients and that was with Jeana (our friend from the
Sheri fitting ladies for glasses
Mobile clinic in Jakubo
March 9, 2008
We had a wonderful gathering of believers on Sunday for our outdoor service. Demesio and his wife were baptized today in a cattle trough. Afterwards we enjoyed a meal together. The month before Josefa was baptized by her husband. God is moving in
Josepha being baptized in February
Euginia being baptized by her husband
Demesio being baptized
March 10, 2008
Ginny, Ryan and Joshua on their first day of school
Joshua is his kindergarten classroom
Ginny in her first grade classroom
Micah sleeping in a big bed with Joshua
Joshua playing with the duckies
in the pool
Kids playing with the duckies in the pool
THE CHOKING KIDOur peaceful afternoon was interrupted with a car honking obnoxiously. The sound started a block away but soon it was in front of our house. Two ladies were in the back of a black pick-up shouting through their tears. Jeff helped to lift a limp 12 year old body from the truck bed and lay him on the ground. The boy’s father said that he was eating and choked on a piece of meat; he stopped breathing and passed out. When he got to us he was breathing but unresponsive. His movements were uncoordinated and his mouth was gaping open. Jeff beat on the boys back, did a finger sweep in his mouth, and listened to his lungs. He found no evidence of something lodged in his throat. 30 minutes later the boy was able to walk but he was still very out of it.
It wasn’t until the next day when the patient returned with a sore neck did we hear the real story. It took the boy an hour after the consult to be with it enough to talk. He said that he hadn’t choked. He was eating lunch when his next and jaw suddenly locked up and he was unable to breath. Jeff thinks now that the boy had a seizure and sent him to Villarrica for some tests.
For some reason Florentina and her husband have taken a liking to our family. Last week we were invited to Florentina’s birthday dinner. Because Jeff had a patient come right as we were leaving we were about 30 minutes late to their house and it was already dark. We were shocked that there were no tables outside for guests to sit around. In fact, the house looked dark and the neighborhood was very quiet. Jose heard us arrive and welcomed us inside. I was surprised to see their family huddled around one end of their table eating. The other half of the table was set for our family. Because it was Friday during lint they were eating fish, but they served us a lechon (baby pig)! We brought coke but they served it only to us while they drank nothing. Very humbled we eat the delicious food and marveled that after a year of living here, this was our first personal invitation to dinner.
We were invited back the following week for another asado (more lechon and this time they ate it too). The Thursday before Easter is a day of celebrating. We spent most of the afternoon with them.
We had a wonderful Easter Sunday. We spent the day worshipping God outside at a believer’s field. The weather was wonderful and there was a great turn out. We began with worship and then a couple of the believers shared from the Word. It was encouraging to have a couple baptized. We drank terere and ate a wonderful chicken and rice salad lunch. After lunch we had communion and fellowshipped some more.
Decorating Easter eggs
WHAT KIND OF SOIL ARE YOU?
I cannot remember the last time our house help was at church. She started out so strong in her Christian walk over a year ago but her unsaved boyfriend has pulled her down. I think she has been embarrassed to show her face at church because everyone knows she is living in sin. Every Saturday we encourage her to come, she promises to, but doesn’t. Every Monday she gives an excuse as to why she didn’t come. Last week Jeff decided to be bold. He asked her to read about the four different types of soil in Matthew. The following day he asked what kind of soil she thought she was and immediately she said the rocky ground. The Word in her grew strong and quickly at first but then died. Jeff told that she needed to come back to the Lord, that she was loved and accepted by the group of believers. I was thrilled to see her Easter Sunday fellowshipping and worshipping the Lord with us.
Nilsa and her daughter
BE PREPARED – THE TIME I WASN’T
March 17, 2008
Monday our family plus three other missionary families went to a river for the day. The place was two hours from here (an hour outside of Caazapa). We all had a great time relaxing in the water. The kids were in their element for sure. The guys set up volleyball uprights from long branches the found.
As we were drying off our sandy bodies and changing out of our wet bathing suits we received a call from Dan (SIM missionary in Caazapa) saying that one of the elders in the church had just passed away due to complications of bowl surgery in
We arrived home Tuesday mid-afternoon and the first thing I did was shower. I felt so much better! I showed the day before but had to put on my same sandy river clothes. Jeff took a nap; as you can imagine he was tired from staying up all night. The second thing I did was make up a “spend an unexpected night” travel kit to stay in the car for situations such as Monday. I should have known. I usually travel with more than we need. Sometimes those things come in handy and sometimes they are just a burden and in the way. This time I had traveled light. I had a fleeting though Monday morning that maybe I should pack extra clothes and a tooth brush but we were late getting out the door so I didn’t. I should have known. As a missionary you never know what will happen and where you will spend the night.
Micah loved throwing sand
Joshua loves the water