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TrewsNews - July 2000

Attempted Coup
Just after we sent out the last prayer letter there was an attempted coup here in Paraguay on May 19th. It started at around 9 p.m. and continued through the night. We knew absolutely nothing of it until a call from home at 6 a.m. the next morning to see if we were alright! The coup had been organised by some dissident military units and was quickly put down by the rest of the army and airforce. For thirty days afterwards there was a state of emergency where any gathering, including church services, were technically illegal. Like everyone else in the county we just lived life as usual except we carried our passports at all times.

Teaching and Language Study
Our involvement in school has increased over the last few months. Stephen has been helping with Soul Survivor, a regular meeting on Wednesday lunch times to encourage the young people in their faith. Term finished on the 8th of July for two weeks holiday. Almost all the other missionaries flew off to various par…

Dengue Fever epidemic

Currently in Asuncion there is a Dengue Fever epidemic. Things have gotten a lot worse in the last week, the government is now estimating that 50-70% of the population of Asuncion will catch this disease. We know of two other mission partners who have already suffered it. Several people in the city have died from a rarer form that causes haemorrhaging.

Goodbye to friends

We are all doing fine and have just said goodbye to our first visitors from home - Neville and Karen. That was difficult.