S: CMA Goes to Paraguay November 2011
FC: CMA Goes to Paraguay November 2011
1: The CMA Paraguay Team Wayne Metcalf, Phil Bontrager, Jerry & Pam Lipka, Randal & Lisa Tebeau, Kathy & Mark Cooley, Tom Stiglitz & Wayne Young | Some of us waited in the TAM line for three hours before they even opened, so we entertained ourselves by checking our weight . . . and then when we finally all met at the boarding gate, Randal prayed for us.
2: CMAers love spending time in airports . . . We arrived in Brazil at 5:00 AM, their time, so some of us slept, and some didn't want to be seen . . . | We learned in the airport at Asuncion that our flight to Ciudad del Este had been canceled because of the rain, so we opted for the five hour bus ride . . .
3: We initially feared that our bus might be similar to this "Toyota" version, but it turned out to be a comfy, double-decker bus that lulled us to sleep . . . Tom too!
4: Pastor Rogerio with his wife, Silvana, and daughters. | We missed the service with the church, but the pastor and his family fed us sausages, breads and soft drinks. We truly appreciated their hospitality! We FINALLY arrived at our hotel in Naranjal. The Tebeaus had the luxury suite with a separate shower, but the rest of us had a different experience! After a good night's sleep, we enjoyed breakfast and a devotion together. We had our first empanadas too!
6: We had the privilege of delivering a motorcycle to Pastor Timothy of the Ache Indians. We spent the morning at the Ache village where we saw the results of the combined efforts of Pastors Bjarne whose father began the work, Victor de Gomez who is translating the Bible for the Ache, Murry who lives with the Ache, Rogerio of Naranjal, Norberto Kurrle with MVI, and Michael Tell, master beekeeper. It was an awesome experience and the children captured our hearts!
10: Lunch at the Co-op Restaurant and hearing about the Letraparaguay Translation Project at the Gomez's home
11: Bike blessing with Pastor Victor, his wife, Delia, and their daughter, Luona.
12: Our hosts, the Kurrle Family, Norberto, Julie, Timmy & Esther
13: Blessing Norberto's bike
14: Miguela & her daughters prepared our lunches each day, along with the help of Sonia and Luerdes. This picture was taken at the end of the week when Lisa & Kathy presented thank you gifts to each of these sweet ladies. | Sonia & Luerdes. students working at the radio station | Cesar, hotel owner & chauffeur
15: Michael Tell had recently joined the Kurrle's to help them teach the Paraguayans about bee keeping and peanut growing. He served as our painting supervisor, tour guide, and chauffeur during his birthday week!
16: CMA Painters After three days, the radio station had received a much-needed face lift. We painted rooms and hallways on the second floor, the stairwell, a big door, and paid some locals to paint the outside as well.
17: CMAers have many talents! In addition to painting, we also repaired motorcycles, gave the Kurrle's car a tune up, decorated the radio station lobby for Christmas, and cleaned out a storage closet.
18: Another group photo!
19: Blessing the bike and its rider | The group stopped painting so we could hear about the ministry of Pastor Carlos Trinidad.
20: Members of CMA Paraguay & CMA Mission Team at the Pohler's home | BBQ Paraguay-style
21: Members of CMA Paraguay with banner and President Roland Pohler with wife, Elba
22: Pictures from our daily lunches at the church prepared by Miguela and friends! Can Jerry find the pollo any day? | How many empanadas did Jerry have to eat before finding one with pollo?
23: The Hotel Pillat - our Paraguayan home, complete with pets and rumored to have tarantulas!
24: Our daily breakfast stop - Who wants coffee, ham & cheese & a chipa? | CMAers will move a pool in order to avoid painting! | We visited the Pajarito Tea Factory, so Randal had to show us his teapot maneuver!
25: We literally ate our way through Paraguay! We enjoyed . . . Italian calzones & raviolis. . . Ice cream . . . chipas . . . flan . . . ice cream . . . yuccas . . . steak, chicken, sausage . . . flan . . . ice ream . . . burgers with egg . . .
26: c We visited a local school where we passed out candy & tried to talk with the children.
27: We blessed Elena's bike, the one who runs the school, and prayed for her helper, along with her family.
28: Amazing Fun on the Fourth | Jesuit Ruins in Paraguay - Our tour guide, Sylvia, told us many interesting facts about Paraguayan history and we took lots of pictures as the architecture and detail of the remaining structures was incredible! The countryside was gorgeous too!
30: Cooleys with man who has written books about the Jesuits' history
31: The Three Caballeros
32: We drove through the countryside to meet Mario Yesa, a pastor in Jesus who received his trike, complete with a covered wagon, eight months ago. Some of his church members came to meet us and we heard Dr. Yesa's story and his daughter's desire to open a feeding center for their community.
33: Phil spoke through Norberto and Pam led us in song. Then we blessed Pastor Yesa's trike, took lots of pictures, and gave out some small gifts. The women and children were very appreciative and examined their gifts with great enthusiasm. They had so little materially, but loved so generously!
35: World's 2nd Largest Power Plant
36: Cataratas do Iguacu at the Parque National do Iguacu | World's 2nd Largest Waterfalls in Brazil were breathtaking!
41: The incredible sights in Paraguay were unending , , ,
42: Our last night was spent at the Hotel Austria. Most of us had very nice rooms with an American-style bathroom, meaning the shower was separate from the rest of the bathroom and there was hot water at the sink! Some were confused by the additional piece of plumbing!! The three caballeros shared one room with wall-to-wall beds! We had dinner and breakfast at the hotel's restaurant. Phil tried Eisbein and Wayne had the beef stroganoff. | Our God is . . .
43: After breakfast we met on the gorgeous veranda to debrief with Julie. It was neat to realize how God had been in charge of our week, in spite of our circumstances. For instance, the only day Pastor Gomez could have taken us to the Ache village was Monday, so if we had not opted for the five hour bus ride, we would have missed one of the best experiences of our trip! And, we learned that our painting had greater meaning as it helped to boost morale at the radio station! | . . . an Awesome God!