“Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.”- Psalm 31:3
A year ago I did not know where Paraguay was. Eight months ago I did not know what the drink mate was. Four months ago, I did not know any Spanish. And now, I get to find out what else I didn’t know! Time has been flying and I cannot believe that I am finally in Paraguay.
After about four months in Guatemala learning Spanish, I am in Paraguay beginning the main part of my mission. In the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to say goodbye to my new friends in Guatemala, go to Florida for four days to get papers certified for my Visa here, see my parents there, and head to Paraguay. I arrived on Friday morning (February 13th).
It only has been a couple of days here, but it is a blessing to slowly get to learn more and more about a new culture. Somethings hit you quickly, somethings take time to learn. It hit me quickly that the Spanish is different here with a mixture of words from the local dialect, Guarani. Something that will take some time for me to learn: the money system here. With every 4,751.50 per $1, it is safe to say I get confused with the Paraguayan Guarani.
While this isn’t the most in-depth blog post ever, I just wanted to let you know to stay tuned! More adventures are to come soon. But first and foremost, I want to praise God for my safe arrival here and ask for your continued prayers as I get settled.
Vaya con Dios!