Paraguayan Presidential "Residence"

Day 9 – Shopping & More Painting

Saturday morning we went to downtown Asuncion and drove by the Presidential palace (although recent presidents have not lived there).   We stopped in the el Centro area (i.e. the Center) to go shopping for souvenirs.  Paraguay is famous for its lace which is incorporated into wall hangings, table clothes, and various other items.  Also popular are hammocks, real leather purses, tereré jugs and assorted accessories.

Shopping in el Centro
Shopping in el Centro

After shopping, we went back to Adonai school for more painting.  We finished the first coats on two classrooms upstairs and part of a second coat on the 5th classroom downstairs in our abbreviated work day.

More Painting
More Painting

For lunch, Blanca came to school and prepared lunch for us in the school cafeteria and we ate it on the open air patio.

Lunch
Lunch

After work, we showered at school and visited in the courtyard until it was time for youth group.  We met Lourdes who lived in Virginia for 20 years and moved back to Paraguay last year.  She translated so that we were able to have a long conversation with Pastor Dario and his wife.  Youth group consisted of praise and worship followed by a sermonette by Pastor Oscar from Argentina.

Visiting with Pastor Dario, Lourdes, & Alex
Visiting with Pastor Dario, Lourdes, & Alex

After youth group, Don Dario (our primary driver for the week) and his wife invited us all over for dinner.  They live directly across the street from Oscar and Karen’s home.  It was another warm summer’s night and we ate outside on their patio.

Our Supper Feast
Our Supper Feast

We had three kinds of Milanesa, fresh vegetables, and fruit for dinner.  After Dinner, we were joined by the family’s pet parrots.  It was another wonderful night of Paraguayan hospitality and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Meet the Parrots
Meet the Parrots
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