“Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith.” — Acts 14:21b-22a NIV
On February 12th I got a chance to travel with Mike Goddard, Bryson White, and his Paraguayan friend, out to visit the Aché colony where we used to live to celebrate with them the dedication of their new church building. Though it had been raining for days, we were able to make it into the Aché colony in spite of the very slick roads and mud. It was great to see friends again who I had not seen in many years. Laurie and I worked among the Aché from 1989-1994. If you’d like to take a look at a short video of the trip, that Bryson put together, go to http://vimeo.com/20497853 .
Though the church has its struggles, they are pressing on. A Paraguayan missionary with LETRA, Victor Gomez, along with a number of Aché, are continuing work on the translation of the Bible into Aché.
Though it has been 17 years since Laurie and I lived and worked among them, and my ability to speak Aché is extremely rusty, it was still a great time to touch base with them, encourage them, and be encouraged as well.
The end of January we celebrated the arrival of another new missionary, Jessica Erkfitz. Praise the Lord for His provision of a great Host Church to work with her as she learns Spanish and Paraguayan culture and develops relationships with in the Paraguayan community.
Another family, the Quasts, will arrive the first part of May. Pray for me as I look for a Host Church and place to live for them. The cost of living is rising here (as it is everywhere) and reasonably priced apartments or houses are getting hard to find.
Laura will be staying here in Paraguay with us for a year after she graduates. She hopes to find a job in the area (and would appreciate your prayers in that).
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve had ongoing problems with my blood glucose levels with my diabetes. While in the US in 2008 my endocrinologist in Montana wanted me to go on an insulin pump, but the insulin, pump, and supplies weren’t available in Paraguay. PTL, that has all changed now. I was able to buy a pump in the US and have a friend bring it down to me with some supplies. I’ll buy the insulin, and future supplies, here. I’m currently in the process of being trained in it’s use and care and I have high hopes it will allow me to keep my blood sugar levels more evenly regulated.
Thanks for praying for us and our ministries here. You are a vital part of our team. Never forget that. :- )