Last Sunday we had an encuentro (a gathering) in San Francisco (where we use to live and where we still attend church). Encuentro Sundays, which happen every few months, look a bit different than a regular Sunday service. Since there tends to be more non-believers in attendance, the service is more evangelistic. The San Francisco believers tell memorized Bible stories and everyone has a chance to discuss them. Discussions carry into terere time as we wait for lunch to be ready. The women always prepare huge amounts of stew and mandioca, which they’ve cooked over a fire. After lunch we take communion. We sing A LOT, taking requests from the crowd.
We always sing tons. Jeff, Ryan and Rene (from our town) did a great job. Have I mentioned before that I love it when Ryan gets to help lead worship?
a crowded porch and crowed overflow tents
Lunch preparations. One thing that Paraguayan women do really well is cooking for a crowd of people without even blinking an eye at the idea