We dream, we plan, we share, we raise resources and God is opening the doors and showing us the way forward to take the PEPE to the children of the Mbya-Guarani ethnic group of Santa Ana Miní, Argentina. We came to them, in a first contact, celebrating Children’s Day by delivering sweets, balls and a beautiful biblical story to each of the children.
The Mbya-Guarani live in several villages distributed in a vast region, covering regions of Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, constituting the sea their earthly boundary. The name Mbya can be translated as “many people in one place” (Dooley, 1982).
With the recommendation of missionary Evaldo Fidler, we trained two sisters to be the first Missionary-Educators in the community: Ana, who is the wife of Chief Juan, and Maira. What a joy to see how God awakens his children to be missionaries to bring Jesus to all children!
In the second visit we made to this community, we took the kits of POPE, deontology program, and taught about the correct oral care. After a very didactic explanation, each child brushed their teeth as they had just learned and took the complete kit to continue dental care daily in their homes. Everything is organized and we will soon officially start PEPE.
These children also need to be loved, cared for, taught, and guided in the ways of Jesus. They also need PEPE! Let us continue together in prayer so that we can celebrate the opening of the first Mbya Guarani unit!
Graciela Alencastro – Coordinator of PEPE Argentina
Text review – Carmen Ligia
Translated by Halima Ferreira