Mission Paraguay

The link with Paraguay began in 2003 when 23 members of St John’s travelled to Chile to assist with the completion of a mission church at Glorias Navales a deprived area on the outskirts of Viña del Mar. During their visit the group spent two nights in Asunción the capital of Paraguay where they met the Bishop, pastors and missionaries from the Anglican Church and learnt about the ongoing evangelistic work in different parts of the country particularly amongst the indigenous Indian people living in the sparsely populated Chaco region. The following year a group of 6 from St John’s joined volunteers from St Paul’s, Skelmersdale and other churches to work for three weeks building a church at Sombrero Piri in the Paraguayan Chaco. Since then each year members of St John’s have visited Paraguay during July or August to work, normally for three weeks on projects organised through the Anglican Church in Paraguay.

In 2005 David Orritt a member of St John’s was invited by the Bishop of Paraguay to coordinate the annual visits of volunteers and liaise with supporting churches, individual supporters and other donors who provide the necessary finance for the work.

Mission Paraguay has developed from this initiative and works through the Anglican Church in Paraguay to share the love of Jesus by providing funds and a volunteer work force each year from
churches in the UK and Ireland for:

Redecorating the children’s room at Concepción church
Redecorating the children's room at Concepcion church
  • practical projects, usually buildings to support the mission of the Church;
  • activities with children and young people;
  • community based work to relieve hardship and need and to encourage self sufficiency.

Mission Paraguay is not just about the projects which we fund, it is also about meeting Christians from a different culture who live in different circumstances than ourselves, experiencing interdependence and strengthening our faith through the experience of living, working, worshipping and praying together on a daily basis.

Building the new church at Rio Verde in the Chaco
Building the new church at Rio Verde in the Chaco

Sams IrelandWe work in close association with the South American Mission Society (SAMS) Ireland and CMS.
Training a family member to build a new home in the Chaco
Training a family member to build a new home in the Chaco
Development of facilities for children’s work at San Lorenzo
Development of facilities for children's work at San Lorenzo
To read more about our work please click on the links below:

In his book The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren the pastor of Saddleback Church, California wrote:
“God is a global God .. the first way to start thinking globally is to begin praying for specific countries. World-class Christians pray for the world ..Prayer is the most important tool in your mission in the world ..I urge you to do whatever it takes to participate in a short-term mission trip overseas as soon as possible. It will enlarge your heart, expand your vision, stretch your faith, deepen your compassion, and fill you with every kind of joy you’ve ever experienced. It could be the turning point in your life”

If you would like to risk changing your life through a visit to Paraguay please contact:
David Orritt
Tel: 01704 892566 or email: davidinparaguay@hotmail.com