Monthly Archives: January 2007

Monthly Report – January 2007

Dear Supporters,

Here is our brief Monthly Overview of what we remember has been going on and what we expect to happen in this coming month. For details please read through our archives.

What we have done (January 2007):

  • We arrived on the 4th of January 2007.
  • We went to the Jovenes (youth) Camp
  • We went started attending Marangatu church.
  • We have been taking english lessons almost every other day since.
  • We were given a tour of the mission sites, churches, and shopping sites.
  • We have been helping out with Sunday morning breakfast for little kids.
  • We aired out the mattress.
  • We have taken our bus trip to important shopping locations by ourselves.
  • We have been attending the saturday morning equipo pastors (pastor team) meetings.
  • We have attended tuesday early morning prayers.
  • We just started a monday night mentorship/fellowship with the pastor’s family.
  • We have played instruments for offering time a few times.
  • We decorated banners and billboard for schools.
  • There have been some major (el nino) storms.
  • Had our first all teachers service for the Cerritos school.
  • Started planning for the school year.

What we will do (February 2007):

  • Marangatu Church
    • Pre-service music: violin + piano starting Feb. 3rd 2007
    • Sunday School Teachers Aide starting Feb. 3rd 2007
    • Will participate in the young adults group
    • Redesign Church Banner
    • Decorate the intercession room
  • Ytororo Church
    • Assisting Pastor Freddy with TBA
  • Cerritos School
    • School Stats February 5th 2007
    • Big Parent Teacher Night Feb. 7th 2007 evening.
    • Annie will teach English for: preschool & kindergarden
    • Shin will teach Computer for: 3rd, 4th ,5th grades & Lower level english for: 8th & 9th graders
    • Assisting praise/worship for the once a week church service at this school.
  • Marangatu School
    • School Stats February 5th 2007
    • Annie will teach English for: 3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th graders.
    • Shin will be teach Computer for ( All grades / TBA )
  • Other
    • Annie will be designing stationry for schools principals.
    • Annie will be teaching Ara ( the missionary’s youngest daughter) violin.

Thank you for your support and please continue to pray for us as we are now we are now entering into the more heavy work here.

Shin Y. Kim

Dengue Report

img_0094-1.jpgDear Readers,

There has been a recent onset of Dengue Fever Warning in Paraguay.

Please pray for us and the people here so that this spread of this disease will stop.More information about the disease below.

Shin Y. Kim
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What Is Dengue Fever?

If you have not heard Dengue Fever is a non preventable disease that is transmitted through mosquitoes. The disease can not be transmitted from person to person, but travels through a mosquito who has taken blood from a person and bites another.

Dengue is known to cause so much pain in the body that it is know here as the “bone crushing” fever. Also within the last week there has been deaths caused by this fever. It is also said that if you catch it the second time, there is more chance that you will die.

Females are not advised to wear skirts because the mosquitoes can get trapped inside and will increase the chances of it biting. Short pants are not advised either. It seems that these mosquitoes are less likely to go above the waist level.

It is not to the point where people are panicking, however there is a general lookout warning being given to the public.

This is the information that I hear from people around us.
Here are links to other sources:
Google News – Dengue Paraguay
Wikipedia – Dengue Fever

A Paraguay Wedding

Saturday we went to a wedding of one of the “Jovenes” youth. It started at 7pm. I’m guessing the bride is around 18 or 19. They invited us to play a violin and piano duet. We played “Pachelbel’s Canon in D” for the groom’s entrance song. People here have never heard of Pachelbel or the melody so it was neat knowing that some people were hearing it for the first time. Then we played “My Peace” for the ring exchange. The best man also gave them a traditional Spanish song that was really sincere and lovely.

Friends of the bride before the ceremony

Preparing to play

Pastor Freddy was the Master of Ceremony

Bride with her Father

Pastor Freddy’s younger brothers played the Wedding March & the Best Man’s accompaniment

Pastor Cho officiating

From left to right: Nancy (P. Freddy’s wife), Elena, Claudio, and Pastor Freddy

Wishing the bride happiness at the door

The outdoor reception

The rest of the ceremony was very similar to the US. Pastor Cho officiated the sermon and the couple was chuckling throughout. Afterwards, the reception was held in the dining patio behind the church. Much to Arah’s dismay, we didn’t stay to eat chicken, rice, and sopa paraguaya because we would have gotten home around 1am or 2am. Instead, the pastor and family took us to a really good ice cream shop in Asuncion called, “Sugar”. On the way Shin captured some lightning flashes on the road.

Sugar was a gourmet dessert place. They have ice cream and other pastries. The interior design made it really special. The store windows are shaped into semi-circular glass booths with seats lining the window. Behind one of the windows, outside, there was a man-made waterfall surrounded by green foliage.

The ice cream was indescribably good. The dairy products here are good to begin with but this ice cream texture was light and smooth and not too thick, or chewy, like Ben and Jerry’s or Baskin Robbins. They served it in thick containers made of styrofoam, like mini ice boxes.

This was our first Paraguayan wedding.



*Please don’t read if you’re squeamish*

When we arrived in P, the pastor’s wife bought us some basic Korean food. She gave us a rice that she purchased by the kilo, as is customary here. I split it into two plastic ziploc bags.

A few days ago we were down to the last cup of rice in the first bag so I pulled out the next bag also. In the second bag there were several worms and a black bug that had nestled into the top corners of the bag. Then I looked in the first bag and noticed a worm crawling along the crease on the bottom. I have no idea how long they’ve been in there because we never noticed them before.

I called the pastors wife immediately and asked if this was normal and if it was safe. She said the worms were not normal, but black bugs occurred sometimes if you had the rice a long time. Here she said you just wash the rice really well and the extra “things” float up, and that in the future we should put the rice in the fridge. She offered to give us rice for that night if we felt grossed out, but we declined because the rice is all from the same place, and if this is normal, then we weren’t afraid to deal with it.

Shin was already in the kitchen working on taking them out while I was on the phone. He washed the rice about 5 times and we cooked it. He told me while it was cooking that they weren’t worms. They were maggots. I didn’t know that. That made it more gross. (Did anyone watch the Korean film, Tae Guki? Recall the scene with the guy who had an open stomach wound?)

When it was finished cooking, we did a thorough inspection of the cooked rice. But then, I have no idea what a maggot looks like when cooked. Does it turn white? Does it expand like a piece of rice? Does it disintegrate? I don’t know how I did it, but we ate the rice anyway. In addition, we ate it with curry, so once the curry was poured, it was impossible to know what we were eating. Sometimes not knowing works to your advantage, other times, not knowing makes an entire meal contaminated. In my case, I ate almost normally (although I didn’t have much of an appetite). I think I was able to eat because I was in a state of shock to register it.

The next day I realized that we had eaten it and I felt disgusted… I haven’t cooked much ever since a few days ago. The sad thing is, when we came here, we encountered worms in the eggplant, rotten melons, ham and cheese gone bad, and other affects of natural food without preservation. So I felt a false sense of security in Korean food. It was familiar and felt like home, so it was my “safe” food. It was painful when the maggot incident happened because it felt like that comfort was taken away.

I wasn’t going to write about this incident in order to focus on more important things, but I found myself blogging about it on my other website and I don’t want to be duplicitous, or have two separate journals, one with the horrid stories, and one with the wonderful things. I can say that as gross as bugs are, I am really thankful for everything natural. I found myself singing that infamous chorale piece sung by Korean children’s choirs worldwide, “All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small. All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all…..”