Saturday, March 22, 2008

Day 3

Last night we went down to the Central Plaza to see the Holy Burial, Santo Entero (sp?), that is held every Good Friday. People make this incredible "paintings" from colored sawdust down the streets that depict various messages from scripture and the life of Christ. Some of them are absolutely amazing, and hard to believe that they are made from sawdust. Then a parade of sorts begins, which is basically a funeral procession walking over the top of the pictures. I understood the symbolism but it was really very gothic, almost macabre, a glorification of the suffering and death of Christ. It left me with a very unsettled feeling, and maybe that is the purpose. To make us see and understand that (to quote from last nights sermon) Christ REALLY was beaten, REALLY spit on, REALLY nailed to a rough splinter filled cross, and REALLY killed...for us.

I am looking forward to tomorrow to see the glory and joy that goes with celebrating the resurrection of Christ and the salvation that is ours because of it.

Today the team arrived from St. Louis, 24 kids between the ages of 14 and 19, some that have been here many times and many first timers. We all went to the Jesus Statue for orientation and then back to the Micah House where we were treated to a mini-concert by the Los Micah Boys. This is a rap group that 5 of the guys have put together. They do concerts and share their testimonies and what an amazing thing to see the power of the Holy Spirit come full circle, from saving these boys who are now singing and preaching about Christ to others that are lost.

The last song was written by Marvin, a 19 year old that has such a love for Jesus. He wants to go to college next year and go into Youth Music Ministry. The song is called My Two Eyes and it talks about how you can see everything around you, but when you stop and look in the mirror take the time to really look at yourself and truly see where God has brought you from. There wasn't a dry eye in the place.

Tomorrow we go to Easter Service at Michael Miller's church and then after lunch are taking food down into the market place where most of the street kids live. With the country basically shut down for Holy Week these kids have even less access to anything to eat.

Our kids are doing amazingly well. Michael jumped right in today and helped the team with their luggage and Brian James has played so well with some of the younger Micah Boys. They are completely unfazed by the surroundings. What a joy it is to be able to see this all through their eyes.

Well, we've got a busy week ahead, 3 days of ministry at Villa Linda Miller, AFE, and the dump. Thank you for your continued prayers.



David Knepprath said...

These are great updates Natasha! Thank you so much!

I pray you have a blessed Easter!

Mav said...

Wow, incredible stuff. Would love to know where the kids that are from St. Louis go to church and what part of town they live in. Actually, the local St. Louis thing to ask them would be "where did you go to high school?", although sounds like most of them might still be in high school...

You can also ask them if they have a craving for Ted Drewes, Imo's Pizza, or Steak and Shake yet.

P.S. I went to Lindbergh H.S. None of your business what year I graduated...

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