October 2020 Update:
The First Paraguayan School for the Deaf is based in Asuncion, Paraguay. The school offers general education for persons suffering hearing impairment and also serves as a training center for teachers, in coordination with a local university. The First Paraguayan School for the Deaf was established in 1962 and is related to the Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Paraguay. The school is a combined private and public school and offers hearing, speech, and psychological services to the community at a low cost. The school is also in the process of to establishing additional deaf schools in other cities. This school has a special literacy program for the further education of older deaf students and offers secondary school opportunities as wellRead more
Devastating wildfires have broken out across Paraguay, as drought and record high temperatures continue to exacerbate blazes across South America. A total of 5,231 individual wildfires broke out across the country on October 1 – up 3,000 on the previous day. Most were concentrated in the arid Chaco region in the western part of the country, but thick yellow smoke had reached the capital, Asunción. Paraguay’s outbreak came as the southern hemisphere heads into summer, and neighboring countries also face unprecedented wildfires. See this link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/02/paraguay-wildfires-drought-heat.Read more
The Reverend David Vargas, DOM President Emeritus and former Global Ministries Co-Executive, shared some time ago that we are involved in our vision and mission as Global Ministries, "because we believe in mutuality in mission, which means the mission is multi-directional, the mission is to everywhere from everywhere. We journey with our sisters and brothers around the world as they journey with us, sharing one another's hopes, dreams, pain, and joys. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ are engaged in one of the most exciting models of church unity, and it is out of that model that we have come together to share in a common witness in mission through Global Ministries."Read more
The Government of Paraguay reported that approximately 40,000 people have been displaced since March as a consequence of the recent floods in the country.
Minister of the National Emergency Secretariat Joaquín Roa said that more than 10,000 of the evacuees had been relocated to the country's capital, Asunción, military bases, public squares, and even nearby roads.Read more
The Paraguayan Gran Chaco is a place of desert lands with large areas of red soil and palm forests. The people speak Guaraní, and the sun, with radiant splendor, smiles every morning on all: the farmer who tills the land, the indigenous woman working, the struggling peasant and the great landowners calculating their profits without looking at the need around them. For those indigenous and peasant communities, life can be very lonely and difficult. They have been fighting for their lands' rights in national and international courts. They are continuously building and rebuilding their homes as strong winds and floods ravage the zone from time to time.Read more
Leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Paraguay visited the Mission Co-worker Encounter and the Convention of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico from February 7 to 20, 2019. On this visit, brothers and sisters in Paraguay were witnesses of the mission co-worker and pastoral work of the church in Puerto Rico, as well as the challenges facing the Caribbean island after the onslaught of Hurricane Maria two years ago. The executive for Latin America and the Caribbean of Global Ministries accompanied the Paraguayan delegation, which was received on the island by the General Pastor of the church in Puerto Rico, Rev. Miguel Antonio Morales, and by the president of the Overseas Missions Committee, Rev. Osvaldo Delbrey, and his work team. The Puerto Rican hosts showed affection and hospitality by hosting the Paraguayan visitors in the homes of families of Disciples of Christ congregations. The guests also participated in prayer services, preaching, and pastoral visits through different communities on the island. They met with leaders of other churches in Latin America who work with the church of Puerto Rico and experienced a deep cultural, ecclesial, and missional immersion experience on the island.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Mark 5:21-43
Prayers for Paraguay:
We give thanks to God for those who collaborate to make it possible for us to accompany the Paraguayan people in complex times and for His Word that traces the way forward. Let us continue to pray that God will continue to provide the necessary resources so that this touch of the invisible woman of the biblical story continues to stop the Paraguayan people's illnesses, such as misunderstanding, devaluation and social injustice. Let them face the daily life of pain and scarcity with much hope, believing the God of life, who will be with them. Pray that we can continue to be supportive - supporting them, accompanying them and giving them the tools that will allow them to heal. Let us make the words of Jesus our own when he told his disciples, so that we could do as He had done (John 13:15). Let us follow the modeling of Jesus, blessing and making presence in this blessed land. May God help us. AmenRead more
Cuando nos acercamos a los Evangelios, nos encontramos con Jesús, que nos modela nuevos estilos y formas de cuidar y acompañar a la gente y sus comunidades. Aprendemos a como él caminaba entre los necesitados, les miraba, les tocaba, les escuchaba y les trataba con dignidad, amor y actos de justicia. Es desde esta perspectiva que Ministerios Globales ha llegado y acompañado al pueblo paraguayo. Valorando su gente, respetando su historia y costumbres, y ofreciéndole apoyo de manera integrar, sirviendo y asesorando profesionalmente según sus necesidades.Read more
The Board and staff of Global Ministries bid a fond farewell to mission personnel whose service has ended at the spring meeting of the Common Global Ministries Board meeting in Indianapolis on April 21, 2018. Here, we share our messages of gratitude for their faithful service.Read more
Lectionary Selection: John 10:1-10
Prayers for Paraguay:
We give glory and praise to the God of open doors and abundant life for the Paraguayan people. Thank you, God, because we have witnessed your intervention with the indigenous communities, where you have been refuge, safety, and salvation. Thank you for the believing people who hold this Ministry where we can reach a town that needs medical care, support, and food security. Give us your understanding so that the daily journey is one that blesses and cares for this land and this people. Protect them from thieves and evil-doers who harm, hurt, and corrupt in pursuit of their own interests. Provide this beloved people their daily bread and may they experience your peace. Amen.