Tuesday, May 20, 2008

MAY 2008


May 1, 2008

It’s become tradition to have a team meeting every May1st in Villarrica and this year was no exception. It is always nice to have an excuse to get together.

Our SIM Paraguay team


The night before Ginny was invited to a slumber party for all the MK girls by one of our team mates. They had a blast dressing up, getting make-up and nails done, learning a Paraguayan dance, watching movies and staying up late.

MK girls slumber party (Ginny is the smallest one)


Unfortunately while we were gone the weather became unbearably cold and our poor little piggy froze. We came home and Ginny immediately went to check on Wilbur. She ran to Jeff and said, “Daddy, I’ve been trying to poke Wilbur to wake him up but I think he is dead!”

Ginny with her piggy, Wilbur


May 4, 2008

It is hard to believe that three years ago we were packing up all the possessions worthy enough to come in our 12 bags, saying good-bye to family and beloved friends and feeling an array of emotions as we left our country behind and jumped into the great unknown. Three years ago today we stepped off the airplane in Asuncion, Paraguay and were welcomed by hot weather and friendly faces. I remember thinking this is now our home and these people are now our family. I had no idea what our life was going to look like but I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God had called us here for such a time as this.

Over the last three years we have moved three times, studied two languages, traveled to 4 different countries, have had 6 different visits from friends and family, have welcomed new team mates as well as said sad good-byes to other team mates. Over these three years God has given us a heart for Paraguayan people and an excitement in learning a new culture and language. Over these three years as we have laughed and cried together, our team mates have become our best friends. God is so good and has blessed us beyond what I could have asked.


May 16, 2008

Joshua requested a camping party this year for his 5th birthday. Our team mates three boys came over. We set a tent up in our back yard (where the kids slept) and roasted hot dogs and made s’mores over a ground fire. I made a cake in the shape of a 5, frosted it green and put camping themed Legos on top.

Do these kids look ready to sleep?

Joshua with his number 5 cake


May 17-18, 2008

Linda George is one of my dearest friends here in Paraguay. God currently has the George family living in Asuncion; praying about their next step in ministry. Linda is a veterinarian and has talked for months about bringing students to San Francisco. We were excited when that day finally came.

Saturday morning David and Linda George with their three kids: Savannah, Rebecca and Seth (Micah’s age) plus two Paraguayan vet students and another young man David is mentoring pulled up in front of our house. After breakfast they hit the streets of San Francisco. They were gone all day with a short stop back at our house for lunch. They vaccinated about 60 dogs and cats. That night we showed a Christian film outdoors on a big screen and several people came.

Sunday morning the group attended prayer meeting with us. Then we ate lunch and left for Asuncion. Since our car is not drivable (AGAIN!) we caught a ride to Asuncion with the Georges. We’ll be up here until the TIME students fly in on May 25th.

Vet group that came to San Francisco


May 23, 2008

Jeff and I celebrated our 10th year anniversary. A teammate (thanks, Kelly) watched the kids while Jeff and I went to a movie (Indiana Jones) and out for a wonderful dinner (Thanks Vicki for the recommendation). I ate salmon mushroom and shrimp sauce and Jeff ate kurubi (fish) with crab sauce. Yum!