Saturday, October 23

Another birthday celebrated

It seems incredible but another year has gone by and our son André celebrated his seventh birthday together with his family and his little friends from school.

Unfortunately, we were not able to celebrate his birthday closer to his birth date, since he got chicken pox a few days before and had to be on quarantine for a couple of weeks along with his sister by doctor's orders. Thus, today we got together, we called a "pelotero" from whom we can rent the inflatable games and we rented a huge and beautiful inflatable and a foosball table.

Everyone had fun. The theme this year was "Treasure hunt". Therefore, we planned a treasure hunt (the "piñata") and all took good advantage of the inflatable and played foosball together. We expected more than 30 kids, thank God only half showed up. Thus, making it easier to control everyone.

This activity was an opportunity to get to know some of the parents of André's schoolmates, and of them knowing more closely the christian witness of a missionary life. We were able to begin to develop some friendship bonds, hoping that in the future, this will allow us to share with them about God and the different that He makes in our lives.

See more pictures here.

Friday, October 22

Misión Global SAM (Global Mission SAM)

I was reviewing some of the previous posts, and realized that I missed sharing an important piece of news for all of you who are regularly following us and want to know about our ministries in South America.

Starting on July 1st, I took the additional responsibility to lead the regional ministry Global Mission SAM. What does this mean? It's the ministry that deals with Discovering, Developing and Deploying Nazarene missionaries from South America to the rest of the world.

It's undoubtedly a huge task. We work together with a team of National Coordinators that was already in place in some of the Countries of the Region, to which some others will be joined after their appointment by the Field leaders for the Countries that are still missing.

The greatest challenge is the development of an integrated network of information that will allow us to locate people with a missionary call, so that we begin an immediate contact with them and start to direct their steps in the course of the training they need to go through in order to fulfill their call to Missions. While at the same time we make resources available for their training.

Those of you who can read Spanish you can follow the ministry's blog here:

Please pray for us in this new responsibility and that the Lord will guide us to the South American people He has called to be missionaries, that we may be instrumental throughout their training.

Monday, October 18

Holiness and Ministry Summit in Paraguay

Similarly to what happened in Bolivia, Paraguay also had its Holiness and Ministry Summit. These two Countries are part of the Central Field in the South America Region. Due to its geographical location, it could be said, that they are the heart of this big Continent.

However, the work of the Church of the Nazarene in these two Countries has gone through different difficulties and development stages so much so that these are now the Countries that need the most investment in prayer and human resources to help the development of the church.
It was a weekend of surprises. First, everyone talks about the famous days of "unbearable heat" in Paraguay, we experienced a little of this upon arrival in Asunción, but not for long. During the night it started to cool off and it even rained. The two days that followed had rather pleasant temperatures and some occasional rain. Thus, God favored us with the weather that we needed for these days of the summit. Second, we were surprised with the prices, we realized we could eat for US$8,00 a good asado (barbecue) with several side choices (salad, black beans, rice, etc.) while in Argentina not even in our dreams we can think of such relation food/cost in a restaurant, granted that the meat in Argentina has much better quality. Third, during the event we had approximately an average attendance of about 30 people, but in the last day, the pastors organized themselves with their local churches, rented buses, and more than 100 people came for a united service of all the churches near Asunción (including participants that arrived from other parts of the Country).

I shared for the first time the joined workshop developed together with the NMI Coordinator for the initial "Disciples in Ministry" training. I came to the conclusion that I needed to do several adjustments to make the content fit the time. But it was a good experience which generated some good reactions from the pastors and lay leaders that were present.

It was a time for spiritual renewal, and for enlarging the ministerial vision. Let's continue to prayer for the Nazarene brothers and sisters in this Country and that the Lord will use them to glorify His name in Paraguay.