PARAGUAY ASUNCIÓN NORTH MISSION
August 2014 - August 2016
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
First Package Arrives!
Sorry I didn’t get to email yesterday on Monday, December
8th there was a crazy huge catholic holiday where everyone in Paraguay no
matter how far walks/crawls to a city called Cacupé where they have this
MASSIVE catholic rave/dance party/fiesta... yeah basically everyone just goes
there to get drunk and party but its supposed to be like a worship for the
Virgin Mary or something. So anyway every store was closed down and there was
nowhere I could write you guys!
But this last week has been a pretty chill one besides HAVING
CHANGES! And you'll never guess where I am now!.............................
yep I'm in the same area with my same comp -haha. But cambios were super fun
and lots of things got changed so I thought I'd take this email and just talk
about my area and how life down here is! and hopefully I can send some pictures
Right now I'm in a little town right on the Routa 2, which is
kinda, like the highway here. My town is called Itauguá and there are 4 areas
in my town for missionarys to work. It used to be the Hermanas Seeley and
Seemann in one, across from them zone leaders Elders Smith & McClelland,
then me and Elder Hathaway a little bit down from them. BUT NOW! We have two
more Elders, Watkins (from my CCM group) and Wagner working in the area across
from us. In the change Hermana Seeley got switched out and Heremana Seemann is
training a newbie Hermana Hall. So everyone in our district is training and
were all Americans too! (Which isn't the best for my spanish- haha)
My area- ummmm probaby the one word that describes my area is
difficult -haha. Before my comp and I came to our area, the whole area got shut
down for any kind of missionary work. After a few months of our area being
closed me and my comp were sent here to do a whitewash train... It was very
difficult to get started. This past month has been one of the hardest with
starting at ground zero with these languages and ground zero with our area. But
one change in and we are doing sooo much better and having so much more success
finding people and with teaching! Another thing about my area is that there are
about 50 members in our area but they are all super inactive and just really
need help to be fully converted to the gospel. This has been such a huge part
of our work. We have helped reactivate two families so far and its one of
the coolest things to see the change the gospel brings back into these peoples
The food! Okay I’m just gonna start naming off some everyday
foods I eat all the time! Right now actually I'm eating a milanasa sandwich and
they are super good, it’s like a deep fried piece of meat on a sandwich with
lettuce and tomato and stuff. We have them all the time for lunch. Empanadas
are another huge food here. They make empanadas with about everything you can
imagine inside of them but the most common are meat, chicken & ham and
cheese. With the members we usually eat pasta or noodles, which are so
good. They always have like a side dish of usually bread or mandioca. Mandioca
is like the famous food here in Paraguay its kind of like a potato but it
doesn’t have any flavor to it. Tons of people eat it down here just to fill
them up so they don't go hungry. Then the Fruit! Ah there is soo much fruit
down here it's the best I have apples, bananas, oranges, pineapples, and
watermelon everything! They make this thing called ensalada de fruta (fruit
salad) but it's like cut up fruit that has been soaking in this fruit juice
they make and serve it super cold. Man its one of my favorites!
There are tons of animals but not as much as farther out in the
chaco. I see cows, chickens, and goats walking all over the streets. People
have parrots as pets all the time and they are super fun to play with but not
when they bite -haha. There are at least a million dogs in my little town I
swear! Dogs are everywhere.
Collectivos are these super cool busses that are always packed
soo full but they are how everyone gets around. They are always painted super
rad and have a ton of Catholic Jesus pictures on them or of The Virgin Mary.
The drivers of these things are legit crazy. To this day I do not know how they
don't just crash into everything they drive by. But I have been in one where it
ripped the door off of another car -haha just a little sketch. Whenever you’re
at your stop you push on this button that makes a bell ring so he knows to
stop. And when I say stop I mean he slows down just enough so you can jump off
and kind of land without falling over most of the time -haha. It's something
you have to get good at, jumping off while it's still moving. You can always
count on them to be super hot and sweaty and have no seats left to sit down.
This week I also got my packages from my mom and they were jam
packed with American food! If any of you see Roachy make sure you all give her
a giant hug for me. Every missionary was like fighting for just little pieces
of this candy it was so funny, I have some pics of my comp eating hot Cheetos
for his first time in like a year and a half. But really I have the best mom I
could ever ask for. #Roachyisthebest
I love you all and hope you have an awesome week!
Outside Nate's Apartment window off of Route 2
1st Package Arrived! Nate's Loving his favorite Cool Ranch Doritos!
Nate's Companion Elder Hathaway loving Hot Cheetos!