Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Thanks for hanging in there with us!
Megan´s time in Canada was great! She came back very satisfied (and safe!! Thanks for praying!)It was a wonderful opportunity for her to connect with family and friends. She´ll be tired for the next few days, but, being young, will surely recover well!! The pictures are of her Holy Land Adventure experience at Guelph Bible Chapel, a highlight of her trip.
With Easter come and gone, Spain celebrated “Semana Santa” (Holy Week). The following is from another website...
Spain celebrates Easter Week much more than most European countries. During the whole of Semana Santa, (Holy Week), street processions are organised in most Spanish towns each evening, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
People carry statues of saints around on floats or wooden platforms, and an atmosphere of mourning - which can seem quite oppressive to onlookers - and the Easter week processions end with Easter Sunday, a day full of light and colour when church and cathedral bells are heard ringing throughout the country.
In some of the processions, marchers wear clothes reminiscent of the klu klux klan. Infact their clothes are meant to depict the Nazareños, people from Nazareth. The religious fraternities and brotherhoods are responsable for carrying the statues and organising the penitents and musicians. The Nazareños follow the people who carry the floats bearing sculptures and models of biblical scenes.
The people who carry the weight of the floats are called "costaleros" and are expected the carry these "thrones" with solemnity and grace. They use a small cushion, "costal" to protect themselves from getting sores from the wood rubbing against their skin during the long processions. Original Document
To see a rough home video of part of a Holy Week Procession in El Escorial, CLICK HERE
We are entering a very busy season, please be in prayer – Spain Team Retreat (inviting national leaders, focus on evangelism) April 16-18, WT Europ Intern Orientation -May 24-28, ST Prayer Conference - May 29-June 5, and other follow up events. Please pray for priorities, “eyes fixed on Jesus,” loving one another at all times!
On Saturday I travel to Calatayud with 3 other men from the church in Las Rozas,Príncipe de Paz (Prince of Peace), to continue the “Bible Study Methods” series. This allows me to interact with younger believers as we travel, dialogue about meaningful items in their lives, while we all get to be involved in encouraging a small church group to learn to study the Bible for themselves in order to grow in Christ. I really see these ministry trips as valuable.
Thanks again for praying. James reminds us that “The prayer of a righteous man is effective and powerful” (James 5.16b NIV).
Working in the power of the prayers of the righteous…
P.S. Just thought I´d include pictures of a service project done by the Rosenort Fellowship Chapel Youth, led by Harvey and Jeannine Schellenberg (Harv´s my nephew) in Mexico. Hero Holidays is another good way to spend Holy Week! You can read their BLOG (all entries referring to RFC relate to this group).