The Dregers

Moving Forward Together

Talking on the Telephone

Boy doing actions to a song

Head and shoulders, knees and toes...

I had the opportunity on Saturday morning to participate in a community event put on by Transformando – a follow-up event to what they call a ‘mini’ festival.  Let me clarify a few points about that sentence.  First, this did not feel like a great opportunity at 7:30am.  I know this isn’t really that early, but I’m not a morning person and it’s been a series of early starts.  Second, a ‘mini’ festival apparently involves 5-7 thousand people which isn’t all that ‘mini’ in my opinion.  These festivals involve puppets, clowns, bands and speakers but are small relative to the 30-40 thousand people festivals which Transformando also hosts.

Boys reading a booklet

Reading a Power to Change Booklet

When I arrived an hour late (not my fault, I promise), they were still finishing setting up which fits with my experience thus far with Paraguay time.  A sound system and a puppet theater decorated as a castle became the central attraction for the neighbouring community.  Children laughed as the clowns struggled to do actions during the songs and were captivated by the blue puppet talking to God on the telephone.  Children are is many ways the same regardless of their culture and needed to be constantly shooed away as they tried to peek inside the puppet theater.

Gustavo entertaining the crowd

Gustavo Entertaining the Crowd

The coolest part of the morning was watching our usually quiet chauffeur transform as he led the event.  I think one of the coolest things in the world is watching someone who is in the middle of God’s Will and it seemed evident that this is the case for Gustavo.  Very little matters when we find that most unsafe place – “He’s not safe, but he’s good” (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis)

Posted in Missions and Paraguay by Andrew on April 25th, 2010 at 21:15.

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