Sunday, April 12, 2009

What a Wonderful Easter!

We started our Easter morning with Abi's Easter basket- which was fun of course.  We then had church service with the children.  It was so wonderful to be able to tell the story of Holy Week to children who really had very little if any understanding of what Christ's crucifixion and resurrection meant for their lives.  Because we are dealing with children who have virtually no previous exposure to church and the Bible, we are starting all  of our teaching with the very basics.  This week's memory verse is John 3:16.  I explained that the Lord wanted to have a relationship with each of them and that he could be their friend and guide their lives every day.  Many of the children seemed amazed that Jesus really wanted to have a relationship with them.  I can say that being able to share that message with them today made our Easter a very meaningful one.  

Following the church service we split the children into two groups and hunted the eggs that they dyed yesterday.  In total we boiled, dyed, hid, and hunted 124 eggs.  It was the first time any of them had dyed, hid, or hunted an Easter egg.  It is not a tradition here in Paraguay.  They were thrilled with the idea and loved eating the eggs after they found them (thankfully I had refrigerated them after we dyed them yesterday).  For lunch today the kids had eggs and for dinner they had rice with eggs!  

As an update, the house parents for the new house have arrived and have been working to prepare their home for the arrival of the children.  I will introduce you to the new children as soon as they arrive.  Please keep them in your prayers.  Also keep our Sunday services in your prayers.  It is such a blessing to be able to teach the Bible to these precious children.  Pray that the Lord would direct us in our lesson topics and that he would help us each week to capture the children's attention as we share.  

Happy Easter from Paraguay!


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