Paraguay

Isla Vega | Villarrica


From Wikipedia



Paraguay (US /pɛərəɡwaɪ/, UK /pærəɡwaɪ/), officially the Republic of Paraguay(Spanish: República del Paraguay [reˈpuβlika ðel paɾaˈɣwai], Guaraní: Tetã Paraguái [teˈtã paɾaˈɣwaj]), is a landlocked country in South America. It is bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. Paraguay lies on both banks of the Paraguay River, which runs through the center of the country from north to south. Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as Corazón de América, or the Heart of America. For a map click here.

The Guaraní have been living in Paraguay since before the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century, when Paraguay became part of the Spanish colonial empire. Following independence from Spain in 1811, Paraguay was ruled by a series of dictators who followed isolationist and protectionist policies. This development was truncated by the disastrous Paraguayan War (1864–1870) in which the country lost 60% to 70% of its population and large amounts of territory. During a large part of the 20th century, Paraguay was ruled by Alfredo Stroessner, who led one of South America's longest lived military dictatorships. In 1989 Stroessner was toppled and free elections were celebrated in 1993. In 1994 Paraguay joined Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay to found Mercosur.

As of 2009 the population was estimated at 6.3 million. The capital and largest city isAsunción. The official languages are Spanish and Guaraní, both being widely spoken in the country, with around 92% of the general population speaking Spanish and 98% speaking Guaraní.

Though it remains one of the region's poorest and least-developed countries, in 2010, Paraguay's economy grew by 14.5%, the largest economic expansion in Latin America, and the third fastest in the world after Qatar and Singapore. By 2011, economic growth slowed but remained high, at 6.4%.
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Isla Vega

First of all, "Isla Vega" is the name of a rural community west and north of Villarrica and is the place where they hold camps each year. The camp property was originally part of brother Ambrosio Navarro's (Loida's uncle) ranch. Since then, he has signed over a portion of the property to "La Gracia".

They have been holding camps here since 1994 and each year they have made improvements. The majority of the construction, improvements, equipment, etc. has been the result of local saints giving of their time, expertise and money.




The administration of the camp is headed by the saints in Villarrica with brother Fidelino (Fide), the pastor as overseer. Most of the construction projects and improvements are initiated by the brethren. ...................................................................................................


Villarrica

Villarrica (Rich Ville) is the town where I grew up and where my mom and dad were missionaries for about  18 years. When mom and dad came to Paraguay in 1972 we lived in Villeta for a few months and then moved to Asuncion where we lived for about a year. Dad taught in the Bible School that sister Lois Liguitt started in Villarrica. The Bible School opened the year that we arrived in Paraguay.