If you wish we had more current material on this blog, then you are not alone. We wish the same. But sometimes…ok, most times, we find that life is a tad too hectic to allow us to keep this up as we would like. Just recently, we have had some very time consuming activities going on. These activities me be time suckers, but they are going to be things that benefit us for a long time.
After months of looking, we were finally able to get a vehicle. Many of you have helped us with this, and we are eternally grateful. Finding a mode of transportation is important for us missionaries in Paraguay. We, as a mission, don’t have an aviation program anymore to take us in and out of our tribal locations. That is because there are “roads” to anywhere we need to go in the country. Some roads may be barely passable 3 months out of the year, but they are road none-the-less. Needless to say we needed something solidly built, 4-wheel drive, trailer capacity, winch to pull us out of the mud, and air conditioning as an added bonus. We were able to find a vehicle that met all these criteria.
But it was hard to actually make this purchase. This was the biggest purchase Jen and I have ever made. In fact, it was about 4 times bigger than the biggest purchase we had ever made. Putting that much cash on the line was difficult. As we got to thinking about it, it’s very subconscious. Perhaps some of the mental struggle was that this purchase tied us to Paraguay just that much more. We love Paraguay. We want to be here in ministry for years. But when you make a purchase this big, you are putting your money (no pun intended) where your mouth is and making a physical commitment to the long term. We now have more things to tie us down to Paraguay than we have that would tie us down to Georgia.
Since we got here, we have been on a temporary resident status. That’s normal, you can’t do it any other way in the beginning. But temporary residence is only good for a year. We had a time of about 6 months in the beginning on tourist status, and our temporary status year was approaching it’s end. Well we were fortunately able to acquire our permanent residence. We had to sign some papers saying that we agree to abide by the laws of the land, and that we were seeking permanent residence because we plan to do ministry in the country for years to come.
Wow, we haven’t really been sure for years of what US State we are technically residents of. We have moved, Jen and I, 5 times since we got married. And still about 2 years of that we were on the road in the states, preparing to come here to Paraguay. To now hold a document in our hands that says we are permanent residents of Paraguay is out of this world.
What About The Baby?!
And finally we can’t forget the baby! Well, he’s not much of a baby anymore. Our little guy was born here in Paraguay, therefore he has all the legal paperwork of a Paraguayan. He still gets all the benefits of being an American, but with legal Paraguayan status as well. It has been a chore to get all his paperwork completed. Since we are foreigners, there are a few extra steps to do, but finally it’s all done.
It’s interesting that these things should all come together at once. All of a sudden we have had a wave of permanence break on top of us. It is a little overwhelming at times thinking of spending the majority of your life in a foreign land, while you see everyone back home doing all the things you always assumed you would be doing. But we are constantly looking to the Lord to guide the moves we make. In the end, if it is Him directing our paths, that is something we can fall back on. Really, we don’t abide in Paraguay. We abide in Christ.