Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Christie Mason Hagerman, her husband and two daughters have lived in Paraguay for the past five years.
This year, the family came back here in the summer and stayed until October. During that time they visited many churches telling of there work in Paraguay.
The day after Christmas they went swimming; the river they swam in was known for piranhas! It was miles from where they were swimming and they were unaware of the dangerous fish.
The temperature was 110 degrees and it was very humid.
The Christmas celebration there is mainly on Christmas Eve when the people eat close to midnight and they celebrate with lots of fireworks. They sleep late on Christmas Day, unlike in the U.S.
Christie teaches different students each day and every Friday goes to the prison. They mix in a few classes for women and children. She keeps one day open to home school her two daughters.
Her husband’s main focus is on operating a youth center. They had hoped to have one opened by the end of 2013 but they were unable to raise enough money to rent a place.
There is a huge need for a youth center. What they want is a safe place for teens and young adults to come in off the street and hang out. They plan to offer tutoring, a place for music, computer access, bible studies, as well as other things that will hopefully draw the youth in such as games, movies or English Club.
As soon as they raise enough money for the needed youth center Christie’s husband’s main focus will be on operating the youth center full time.
There is no one else there doing anything like it, and it would be helpful to have a center where the young ones could come to and find lots of interesting things to do instead of being out on the streets where they might get into trouble. Hopefully they will be able to raise enough money soon so they can rent a place.
Victory Baptist Church will host a special guest, Mercy’s Well, on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. The Men’s Brotherhood will have the annual Oyster Roast on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.
Macedonia Middle School will be having Individualized Graduation Plan and NCAA eligibility parent night on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served.
The district Spelling Bee will be held on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at Berkeley High School. Haley Thompson, Destini Bartell and Brandon Boyd will represent Macedonia Middle School.
Happy Birthday from Hood’s Chapel UM Church to Thelma Shurlknight and Louise Litchfield.
Continue to keep the following in your prayers; Virginia Kirkland, Thelma Shurlknight, Louise Litchfield, Jackie Caddell, Ted Caddell, Johnny Caddell, DP Caddell, Mitzie Caddell, David Brown, Sally Bowick,Allen Mills, Gloria Connor, Viola Murphy, Roy and Marlene Farmer, Barbara Alexander, Willie Cox, Cassidy Cox, Willis Wiggins, Shelvy Jean Wilson, Marion and Juanita Mills, Bryon and Jenelle Watts, Sam and Yvonne Hood, Ricky Hood, Kitty Cumbee, Ruth Cumbee, Yvonne Cumbee, Shirley Perry, Geraldine Garrett, Frankie Garrett, Gennie Vincent, Marilyn Tucker, Brenda Law, Patricia West, Dexter Floyd, Kelly Umplett, Madison Litchfield, Rouse Thomas, Kyle Thomas, Matthew O’ Quinn, and our firefighters, first responders, military, community and country.
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