The place is ”Campamento Paso Carretas” or Ox Cart Pass Camp, in Iturbe, Paraguay. The year is 2012.
Meet Jianella Joed Hill, eight year old daughter of Jason David (“JD”) & Vicki Hill of Iturbe, Paraguay, South America. ”Jia” is ready to go to the AWANA Bible Club for kids. In the picture, you can see her manual (“OANSA” in Spanish). She has been reviewing memory verses. Jia is wearing her Club t-shirt with a vest over it. This vest belonged to her father when he was an AWANA clubber in Texas, in 1978, when he was in 1st grade. Each one of J D’s four children used this little vest.
But wait, it all started in Wisconsin, over half a century ago. In 1961, Jianellas’s grandparents, David & Joed Hill, became involved as leaders in AWANA Clubs at the Milwaukee Tabernacle. Later, they were happy to see this program used in their own home church in Batavia, Iowa.
Grandparents Hill started their first AWANA Club in Paraguay, S America, in 1985, in the Angaité Colony where they lived & worked with the Angaité people. They, also, introduced the Clubs to the National people of Paraguay, mainly in the area of the capital city, Asunción.
Four of David & Joed’s five children (including Jianella’s father) attended AWANA in Texas. Some of their grandchildren (Jia’s cousins) went to AWANA in Iowa; others attended Clubs in Paraguay. The majority of the Hill’s 20 foster children have been involved in “OANSA”. Dave & “Jody” hope that their great grandchildren (6) will attend.
At present, the Hills, both Dave & his son, J D, along with all of JD’s family, take part in the AWANA Clubs, or “OANSA”, in Iturbe, PY, S. America. They, also, have a youth camp where the church is located. There, the Club meetings are held once a week. Jianella’s grandparents, her parents, two of her sisters & her aunt are a part of the leadership. Jia & her brother are Club members.
AWANA – Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed (from 2 Timothy 2: 15)
OANSA – Obreros Aprobados No Se Averguenzan