September, 2012

The Hagermans                                    Ken, Christie,Camille, & Caroline               Encarnación, Paraguay 

Out and About!
Each week we feel more and more sure about where God has placed us, and we learn more about how we can minister to the people here. We’re told that in another month or two, this peaceful little city will get crazy as folks come from all around to enjoy the river. But until summer vacation starts in December, the place is full of students of the 20 or so colleges right around us. It seems that this is the closest town to get a higher education in this part of the country, so there’s an extremely high population of young adults. Just this week I was talking to a young lady who came here from a tiny little place hours away—her first experience away from her family, in a city where she knew no one and struggled to adapt to the lifestyle changes. It’s folks like her we’re here to reach, so please continue to pray that God opens the doors for the vision He’s planted in our hearts, and that we have the wisdom to follow His lead. We’ve also gotten good use out of our “extra room” out back. It’s detached from the house, so we don’t want either of the girls sleeping there, but it’s perfect for visitors. We prayed that God would help us use it to bless others with a place of rest, and we’ve already had 11 different overnight guests! It seems God was listening! It’s a great chance to practice hospitality and share with other missionaries and friends.

We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. 1 Thess 2:8
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 Guidance in where to focus our ministry efforts in this new city, and that God goes before us preparing hearts.  Healing and pain relief in Christie’s leg.  Good friends for the girls, and strategic contacts for us all.  Financial provision for expenses in this area with a substantially higher costof-living.  God’s intervention in continuing legal battles and paperwork issues.

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Street ministry in the shopping district. That’s Caroline in the center!

We’ve had a great time visiting the children of Encarnación! Che Roga (“Our Home” in Guarani) is a children’s home a few miles from our house, with nearly 100 little residents. They live in duplexes that are separated boy/girl and by age, where a house mom takes care of them. A pastor and his family live on the premises to minister to these children, but the director explained some of the needs that these little guys have. We look forward to working more with them in the future.

Ita Paso is a small community that formed from the displaced residents of the lower part of the city, which was flooded to make way for tourism development. The city relocated them to “villages” just outside of town. A church began a soup kitchen in that area about 11 years ago, which has developed into a school of about 85 preschoolers, kindergartners, and firstgraders, with plans to expand one grade more each year. They are also planting a large garden, so that the children can learn practical skills while helping provide for the very busy soup kitchen. What a beautiful school this was, with colorful classrooms and supplies for all the children.

Ita Paso school When the church decided to adopt this little community, they really went out of their way to show how precious these little ones are to their Heavenly Father! We visited the 85 students, their teachers, and the staff, thrilled that allowed us to share a Bible story and invited us to come back!

Visiting the kids of Che Roga children’s home

Thank you again for helping us to minister in this beautiful country, which is only possible through your prayers, support, and giving. We can’t explain how much your messages of encouragement and reminders that you are praying for us, really mean to our family. May God richly bless you for the part you play in the growth of His Kingdom in Paraguay! Your partners in the mission, Ken, Christie, Camille, and Caroline

tapé (tah PAY), n. a way or path (Guaraní) “Jesus said, ‘I am the way….’” --John 14:6

God bless you! ¡Dios le bendiga! Ñandejára tanderovasa!
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