“HE IS RISEN!” – Luke 24:6
That one phrase should stir up joy in the heart of every believer. Those three words sum up EVERYTHING. It sums up our salvation, it sums up that death has lost, it sums up peace, it sums up hope; it sums up LIFE. That single passage should be our strength from day to day, and this is the reason we celebrate Easter or Holy Week (Semana Santo) as they call it here.
So much has happened and this month alone that stirs me to praise God! First off I’m thankful to see and observe the change personally that God is making in my students. Every day when I receive even the smallest greeting to a hug from them, my heart is lifted to keep at what I’m doing, because I know, alhtough the change is not always immediate, sometimes God allows us to see the change visibly happening, and it is nothing short of absolutely beautiful.
This month the school celebrated its 10 year anniversary in the community, and all that God has done, and all the lives He has touched and changed through the people here that have been willing to serve and minister where the need is. I for one count myself privileged, honored, and blessed to be a part of this amazing place and ministry,
Also I have been helping Brother Daniel Perren and Sister Sonia with their ministry in Que Brada Verde, where I help lead worship on Sunday nights. Just in the last two weeks serving there the Spirit is so prevelant that it brings you to stirs you to praise the Lord for what He has done, and what He continues to do there.
Lastly, and most importantly we had what I believe is the most fundamental week of our faith which is Semana Santo (Holy Week) and it was more dear to my heart than ever this year, not only because I was here among strong believers in the faith, but because I took personal time to think and reflect on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. I thought about Good Friday, which I call ‘the worst day in the history of humanity, and the greatest’. On one day humanity committed the greatest crime it ever has and will again by sentencing the Son of God to die; and then I thought about the fact, He did all this WILLINGLY; He was beaten, torn apart, spit on, humiliated, tortured, and crucified for me, for the world WILLINGLY, and took on the sin of the world past, present and future WILLINGLY. THAT IS THE LOVE OF OUR SAVIOR.
Lastly I praise God for the four people I witnessed surrender their lives to the Lord, and what He’s doing and has been doing in my life from the inside, outward. I can never praise God enough for all I’m witnessing right now, and wherever you are in your life I pray you would take the same joy and wonder of the death and resurrection of our Savior EVERY DAY.