Pender UMC Team Visit to Paraguay August 22-September 5

    August 22, 2019 | Missions & Outreach by Charlie Hanak
    The Pender Short Term Mission trip to Paraguay will work within the C-Deco project in Paraguay.  The website for the project is with recent activities and photos posted on the “news” section of the website.
    The C-Deco community ministry center was started this past year is on a property of 3.5 acres that is in the name of “Fundacion Embajadores de Cristo Paraguay”.  This is an organization that has the signature approval of the President of Paraguay and was approved last year by three of the countries ministry departments.  The project is located 1.5 hours by car north of Asuncion near the town of Limpio and the Paraguay River.
    Through this Foundation we are able to evangelize and disciple Paraguayans as well as offer social help including teaching people how to read, medical help, vocational training and community meetings.  
    Chris Hanak is working closely with Pender supported missionary Emi Monges to offer ministry training classes for women in the community though her Focus on the Heart ministry.  The Pender team in August will help expand the community kitchen so that Emi can begin teaching mothers how to prepare meals for their families.  Emi has both national and international degrees in cooking from the top cooking institute in the country.
    There are presently 3,000 recent migrants in the C-Deco project area divided into 5 communities.  This month there are 8 weekly home evangelistic meetings using a modified form of Alpha, 2 discipleship groups, learning to read classes for boys and girls, church services and Sunday school at the Center.
    Pender teams have worked with the C-Deco team members for many years including Emi, Andres, Marilin and Dario.  We have been ministering with Emi in Paraguay since 1989.  All four of these team members are seminary graduates of the Methodist Seminary in Asuncion that was founded and staffed by Chris Hanak.  I (Charlie) taught a course last August at the Seminary on church leadership during the Pender short term mission trip.
    Charlie Hanak
    Pender UMC Missionary &
    Regional Ministry Director for the Americas
    Ambassadors for Christ International (AFCI)