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Villa Primavera Community • Barrio Mariscal Estigarribia, Asunción

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Villa Primavera
6035 Waldino Ramon Lovera
Mariscal Estigarribia
Asunción
Paraguay
Tel: 021 608 938
Email:  villaprimavera@bruderhof.com

Established: 2010

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About Us:
We recently founded this small community as a way to re-connect with the twenty years the Bruderhof movement was based in Paraguay. From 1940 to 1960, we had a large property in Eastern Paraguay with three settlements and a peak population of six hundred. While we no longer have the original property, we still own the cemetery, where more than forty brothers, sisters, and children are buried from those years. At our current Villa Primavera settlement, members earn a living by teaching English as a second language, and providing babysitting for families in our neighborhood.

Setting:
Our new property is in suburban Asunción and covers one-third of a city block. The main house or “villa,” made of red brick with a red tile roof, provides most of our residences and communal space. The landscaped grounds include lawn, many fruit trees, a sand box, and a vegetable garden. As part of our mission here, we recently built Casa de Cristo, a church building with a large meeting room. Situated on one corner of our property, the church is open to the public for Sunday worship services and other events. Religion—Catholicism and more recently, evangelical Christianity—is strongly a part of Paraguay’s ethos. Although many people seem to be moving away from centuries-old, institutionalized religion, many are also looking for a faith that is more keenly focused on everyday service and discipleship. This provides occasion for many interesting discussions and interchanges.

Connecting with Neighbors:
In addition to open worship services and interactions with our neighbors and friends, we volunteer at a local Catholic foundation caring for children in its orphanage and visiting patients at its medical clinic. We get around this city of a half-million people the same way our neighbors do, on overcrowded, run-down buses with no air conditioning. It’s the best way to engage with the diversity of the city, from toothbrush vendors to traditional street musicians, from the poorest neighborhoods to the city’s architectural treasures.

Point of Interest:
In addition to studying and speaking Spanish, we are adapting to Paraguay through food, and you’ll find many local dishes on our menus, such as sopa paraguaya (a kind of corn bread), chipa, and arroz kesu. Asado is an integral part of Paraguayan social culture, and like native Paraguayans we enjoy grilling a big chunk of meat for a couple hours while everyone congregates around the grill for fellowship.

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

The Bruderhof has an open-door policy. No matter who you are, we are delighted to meet and spend time with you. Bruderhof communities host both drop-in and overnight guests every week. Some visits are purely social; others are deep explorations of faith and possible membership. Some visits involve barbecues and children’s activities; others revolve around spiritual conversations and guidance. Whatever your visit will be, we look forward to getting to know you! (Due to space and staff limitations, our smaller urban locations are unable to accommodate many visitors, particularly for overnight stays, but still feel free to get in touch if you wish to visit and we can talk.)

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