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Testimonies of our time in Paraguay
by Ps. Bill on January 14th, 2016

​Dear Brothers and Sister in the LORD,
We are back from Paraguay and Praising the LORD for a wonderful trip.  How can we ever communicate all that GOD did during this trip?  We are reminded of the verse:  1 Thessalonians  5:24  Faithful is He that calls you, who also will do it.   We experienced this verse first hand as we were on this trip to Paraguay.  GOD is faithful and GOD did do so many marvelous things during this Paraguay Missions Trip!
We saw GOD provide for the trip financially, emotionally and spiritually.  He brought just the right people to be on the Paraguay team and used each of us where it pleased HIM.  He kept us safe though out the trip and no one got sick.  We saw Him open up opportunities to encourage the missionaries and to connect with the Paraguay people in some awesome ways.  Through every aspect of the trip we saw GOD working in us and through us.  We want to Praise and Thank the LORD!
We saw God raise up each of YOU who prayed for us, encouraged us, gave financially to us and provided gifts for the missionaries.  Words fall short on how to say THANK YOU to each one of YOU our faithful FAMILY IN THE LORD.  We are reminded of David in I Samuel 30, when David and his men had recovered all the Amalekites had taken from them.   Some of David’s men did not want to share what they recovered with the rest of their people who stayed with the stuff and did not go into battle.  David in verse 24 said, “…We share and share alike, those who go to battle and those who guard the stuff”.  Not everyone could go on this trip to Paraguay BUT each one of you who stayed back here in the states and prayed, gave and encouraged do have the rewards of the trip.  GOD does see your part and we share all that GOD did during the trip with each of YOU.   Thank YOU for your faithfulness and for being a part of our mission’s team to Paraguay.  The missionaries that We and You ministered to on this trip also Thank YOU for all you gave and did to make this trip a blessing.  GOD was high and lifted up and it was all of us as a TEAM that had a part in what GOD did in Paraguay. 
We would love to share with any of you more details and pictures of the trip so please don’t hesitate to ask.  We did ask each team member to write a short paragraph of how the trip impacted them personally.  As you can imagine it felt impossible and really does not fully communicate all the God did in each of our lives to write say it all in a short paragraph.  There is so much more we could say and would love to share.  God truly changed each of our lives through this trip and we pray it will continue to impact each of us for the rest of our lives. 
Here are the comments each one on the team shared:
 
 
 
Pastor Bill Johnson:  What could I ever say that could convey my experience in Paraguay, there are really no words to describe all that God has done.  The Scriptures are so true, 1Co 12:12 “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.”  I saw Christ so clearly in the Pai’ people, how the gospel has transformed them.  How they have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.  Their joy and their testimonies brought joy. The missionaries we came in contact with were godly examples of servants.  They had such humble attitudes and were so thankful that we had come to share our lives with them.  It was a humbling experience; the love of Christ was exuding from their speech, their actions, and their attitudes.  We came to encourage them and instead they encouraged us.  This is how the body is supposed to work; this is the greatest form of evangelism.  I believe that this is what the world is looking for, and we should not have to go all the way to Paraguay to find it.  

Ruthann Johnson:   Meeting the missionaries and families in Paraguay at Conference was a pleasure like no other, They loved us, laughed with us, enjoyed and learned with us and received us gladly with open hearts; we were the ones who were blessed beyond compare. Doing Bible lessons with music, skits, and many stories made God's Word come alive. God’s presence was like a cool refreshing blanket of peace and love, in direct contrast to the heat, humidity, sweat, rain, and limitations of the camp, God’s generous ministry, encouragement and delight knows no limitations.  I am forever grateful for the opportunity to meet, pray, enjoy, and love on our missionaries in Paraguay. Thank you Randy and Linda for all your work to have made this Mission Possible!

Lynn Wingerd:  It is always a joy to see what God is doing and join Him in His work. We traveled to Paraguay to spend time with New Tribes Missionaries where we saw two families immersed in serving Him under less than ideal circumstances. Their vehicles rattled, their transformers blew out, their washing machine was on its last “chug”, they had significant health issues, all while shepherding two indigenous churches with weekly Bible studies, Bible memory work with young people, personal counseling and modeling the Christian life for a whole community of seekers and believers. It was humbling to see how they were truly spending their lives in His service.  As one 17 yr son told us, his biggest problem was isolation. Coming from this land of plenty with plenty of friends and family, close friends to talk with whenever we choose, Christian radio, bookstores, amazing DVDs, and even challenging Christian movies this was far from my thinking.  My trip has burdened me to pray more for our missionaries, send more Care Packages, and read closely their letters for what God may have me do to continue supporting these dear Christians in their labor of love in Paraguay. They are plagued with terrible flooding right now. Please pray for the safety of our NTM missionaries and their churches in the colonies!
 
David Wingerd:  This was a hard, but very interesting trip.  I was so impressed with the missionaries that we visited and also those we saw at the conference.  These missionaries have given their lives, hearts and souls to the work of the Lord in reaching these peoples.  I felt honored to be there and to give a little of ourselves in this short period of time to such a worthwhile, dedicated, humble group.  Though their lives are rather isolated they are so dedicated to their work.  I thought that they either has to be very smart (to learn and be able to switch between any of 3 languages), very adventitious (to live in the wilds away from civilization), or crazy.  After getting to know them, I think it is part of all three.  They Loved the Lord, were well grounded in the Word, and were generous with their time and resources with us and with the natives.  They mostly live like paupers, but are rich in faith and have a heart for the tribal people.     
The kids were very attentive, well behaved and smart.  We found that they had little experiences in playing group games.  Getting them to form circle or lineup in a straight line was foreign.  They caught on quickly and by the end of the week they were doing well.
God has his way of working things out even when we are unaware.  We left on our non-A/C 11-hr public bus ride from the city of Pedro Juan Callero in the north to Crudad del Este in the south east on December 9th.  On December 9-10, a record 36 inches of rain fell in 48 hours.   The terrific runoff washed out for a long section of the highway that we had just traveled.  It is the only major road in the area.  We later heard that an estimated 8-10 days would be required to make it even passable.  Had we been one day later that 11-hr bus ride could have turned into 22 hours, if we could have made it at all.  Alternative routes were much, much longer.  We thank the Lord for watching over us, even when we are not aware.

Katie Wood:  Thank you so much for your prayers and support of our trip to Paraguay!  Words will never be able to describe how amazing the experience was. We fell in love with the people and their simple way of life; with the missionaries and their deep passion to share the Gospel; with the country and its beauty. I feel like we have all left a piece of our hearts with the families that we went to serve. God showed us time and time again that He had a plan and a purpose for us, and His hand of protection never left us. We have made forever friends and have been blessed beyond measure to encourage and serve in whatever way we could.

Emily Wood:  This was an amazing opportunity and I have made a lot of close life time friends, what struck me the most was, that a lot of people over there have nothing and are so grateful, yet people who live in the states and have everything and rude and greedy and always want more.  Thank you to everyone who made this happen, here's to the first of many to come. (Hopefully!)

Jacob Wood:  I was influenced in Paraguay by the agriculture and everybody was so nice.  All of the houses were a lot different than here at home.  I am really grateful for all of the things that we have.

Gavin Gwyer:  I had an amazing time in Paraguay.  I made a lot of new friends along the way.  We played a lot of volleyball.  I was very welcomed by the missionary kids, not only my age group, but younger and older than myself.  The highlight of the trip for me was the conference. I had the opportunity to be baptized along with my sister Mackenzie, and other missionary kids. I was very grateful that my papa, Randy Wood, was able to baptize me.  One thing God taught me was to not take things for granted.  We have a lot of stuff here in America yet the missionaries and missionary kids and even the tribal people have very little and yet are very content.  I wish to go again sometime real soon.

Mackenzie Gwyer: One of the things God showed me on our mission’s trip is that the tribal people take God so much more serious than we do.  They have no electronics, very little of anything.  The Word of God is very precious to them. Everyone was so very friendly to us.  One of my highlights of the trip was having PaPa being able to baptize me along with my brother Gavin.  It made it very special being in Paraguay, being with my brother and having my new friends be there with me.

Carol Yule:  I thank God for the opportunity He gave me to be part of the Paraguay Missions Team.  I will never forget the experience of spending time with the missionaries there, seeing how they live and the work they do.  I pray this will impact all that I do for the rest of my life.  And I want to thank each of you who had a part in making this trip possible.  God Bless You All,  Carol Yule

Linda Wood: What an amazing trip!  Randy & my desire for many years has been to expose our grandchildren to overseas missions.  To see the work that the Lord has done in their hearts and the hearts of our team as a whole, there are no words to express it.  Each day, from the time we climbed into the 12 passenger van that took the 10 of us, 20 check in bags, 10 roller carry on, and 10 personal backpacks to the airport God had His hand on us.  Each day we saw the provision of His protection on us. Each day we saw the answers to our prayers, from cooler weather than normal, sleeping arrangements, new friends, no sickness, safety on so many public busses, to finding our one lost suitcase just before we walked out the door of the airport, to seeing two of our grandkids baptized – again – what an amazing trip!!!

Randy Wood:  I am always awed at how God can take ordinary people and use them to proclaim His Name.  The whole trip was a huge blessing and encouragement in my life.  I was reminded at how the fields are white unto harvest and the Laborers are few.  I am praying for more missionaries to go to the foreign field to share the Gospel with so many who have never clearly heard the message of Hope and eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  I was also challenged afresh to pray, support and encourage our missionaries who are representing us on the foreign mission field.  I was honored to be a part of this team and am truly thankful for everyone who went and who stayed back home and prayed, gave and encouraged us.   We are at team and co-laborers with each other and with the LORD. 
 
 


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