For our devotion this morning, we read Revelation 21:1-4; 21-26. John said that all the nations will bring their honor and glory into heaven. For the last week or more, we’ve had a chance to get a foretaste of what Paraguay can bring to heaven. We hope that everyone has had positive experiences with the local culture and can identify contributions that we will one day experience in heaven.
There are several outdoor walls that require white paint, primarily around the soccer court. The “planter” in the courtyard next to the soccer coat, parts of the stage behind the second soccer goal, and the short “wall” running along the side of the soccer field all need to be painted today. The men begin work on this, while the ladies work on applying the second coat of paint to the final three upstair classrooms in the new section.
Marcello came and told us that he was going to make us a special lunch and he fired up the barbeque grill shortly after 10 a.m. Soon the wonderful smoky smell of asado was filling the air.
By Noon, we completed painting the remaining classrooms and soccer field walls and sat down to enjoy Marcello’s asado.
After our meal, Oscar and Karen took some of us to the “Cerro”, a hill over looking the city with a monument celebrating the overthrow of the dictatorship in 1989.
In the afternoon, Nestor took the boys fishing. They rented a row boat near the Quinta and used lines with no rods to cast for fish. The biggest catches of the day were two catfish, but even the smallest successes were celebrated.
In the evening Oscar took the guys to the Bañado church for services. On the way there we stopped to visit and old friend.
We had repainted the Bañado church back in early 2015 after it was flooded. After years of flooding in this region the government has decided to resettle all of the residents and rebuild the river bank. They will also extend the Costanera walkway/roadway along the river through the existing Bañado residential area. The church will be given new property in the resettlement area as well.
We always enjoy coming here. Although the church is small, the members sing heartily, and welcome visitors with warm embraces. You always go away feeling blessed.
After services, we return to Oscar and Karen’s for a snack of empanadas and chorizo sausages. For the boys this is just a snack, as they are soon on their way to meet up with Marcello for a last chance to eat at Miguelito’s, a local “fast casual” restaurant chain. For those of us from the States, this is our last “hurrah”, because our plane departs at 4:30 a.m. Once again it will be difficult to leave and return home.