Our first breakfast fellowship was a hit. . .
Followed by Sunday School, which is new and fun for our young church . . . .
And then one of Allen’s apprentice’s, Esdras (below), beautifully led in worship for the first time. . .
It was a good Sunday for Cristo Rey. . . .
With great delight we welcome Josh & Elizabeth Johnson to our Trujillo team! They arrived last night after 3 months of language school. Josh will be working with our micro-finance ministry in the most poverty stricken area of our city. Their joyful & energetic personalities will be a great & fun addition to our team for the next two years!
Our missional cell group hosted an Easter party today as a way to serve the community and get to know our neighbors better. It was a huge success. Pablo and Emilio did an incredible job with some “egg games” and telling the story of Christ’s resurrection. And of course the Easter egg hunt (not a Peruvian custom) was a hit! While the kids were on the hunt for eggs, our cell group members were able to talk to the parents, inviting them to our missional cell group in the neighborhood as well as inviting them to our downtown church.
Tonight was a special night of remembering the last 7 words of Christ. We had a beautiful candle light service in our living room with our Cristo Rey church congregation and many of our neighbors. The service moved our oldest daughter, Abigail, to tears. She was truly waited down with the thought that the Son of God suffered for her sins. She could not imagine how Mary must have felt watching her dear son suffer on the cross. All the more can she (and we) can rejoice Sunday morning!
We would greatly appreciate your prayers for a neighborhood Easter party our missional community group is putting on next Saturday. The vision is to not only serve our community with a fun event, but also have the opportunity to befriend and invite more of our neighbors to our missional cell group. We are firm believers in the power of the prayers of the saints and we feel so blessed to have so many praying supporters.
Allen and two of his wonderful “Timothys” planning games, making the invitations and getting ready to tell the most marvelous story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. The girls and I took care of putting candy in 500 plastic eggs for the Easter egg hunt. Fun times!