Each morning we begin our work day at the school with a devotion and time of sharing. Today, Hadassah led the morning devotion by reading from Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season”. “God is with us each day in all the seasons of life”. “We need to focus on living for him each day”. “Ultimately, he is in control and lives within us to take care of us wherever the day finds us”. “He may open other doors in the future, but today we just have today; let’s live it to the fullest for Him”.
For the boys, the day begins with sweeping up around the soccer court, so that we can paint the perimeter of the court. The temperature is supposed to hit 95 degrees Fahrenheit today, so we want to maximize work on the court this morning while there is more shade. They manage to clean and paint the perimeter of the court and add a second coat of paint to the court as well.
The girls are back to work painting the upstairs classrooms.
The Noon meal consists of meatballs, potato, and sweet potato with rice. For dessert, Brian and Jordan find a local Helado shop and bring us back a big bucket of ice cream in multiple flavors. By the end of the day the boys have finished painting the perimeter of the court and adding a second coat as well. The girls have finished all of the upstairs classrooms in the original building and started on the upstairs classrooms in the new building.
We stop work at three o’clock in order to get to the Mercado Cuatro and shop before it closes. The Mercado Cuarto (a.k.a. Mercado 4, Mercado Municipal 4) is a collection of shops spread over several blocks in Asuncion. From an American perspective it is a giant flea market. Our primary objective for today is to find a “termo” (Tereré thermos) and to experience the unique culture of this place. Marcel, an accountant at the school, takes us there and leads us through the maze of shops. We find a suitable termo for Jordan and move on to enjoy the sights.
We find a few other items worth purchasing and end with a stop at what we call affectionately call the “juice ladies”. They serve ice cold freshly mixed juice drinks which really hit the spot on 90 degree day. With the temperatures in the 90s again today, this was a welcomed break.
On the way back to Oscar and Karen’s home, Brian talked Marcel into stopping at an empanada café for a snack. While we were stopped in traffic, a man selling chipa (and balancing it on his head) came by, so we bought some chipa as well. Chipa is a Paraguayan/Argentinian sour cheese bread, usually made in the shape of little balls or shape of a bagel with the cheese baked inside. It’s great when it’s hot and fresh, and also served cold as a snack for anytime during the day.
After arriving back at Oscar and Karen’s we begin a series of volleyball games in the Las Garzas church yard next door. We play until it is too dark to see even with the lights and we finish with a supper of Milanesa sandwiches that Karen has left us because she and Oscar are working at the kid’s camp being held at the Quinta. Around 10 p.m. we are all exhausted from our long day of work and play and we retire for the night.