Easter and Thai New Years’
Posted by danneker on April 5th, 2018 | 1 comment
Praise God, the Mahapawn Baan Paeo Church celebrated EASTER this year! Too often in the churches where we have served in Thailand, Easter comes and goes with little fanfare and hardly a mention. This is not because the Thai Christians don’t believe in the resurrection. They definitely do believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus! The problem is the time of year.
Usually Easter falls somewhere on or near Thai New Years’ (April 13-15) when the entire country goes on vacation. Often this national holiday extends for 5 or 6 days. The children are in the middle of their two month Thai summer school break. There are many traditions for the Thai New Years’. Visiting family and relatives is high on the list so there is a lot of travel during this period. The bigger cities empty out as many laborers go back to their home village. It is also a playful time when many Thai people wear colorful “Hawaiian shirts” and have fun water battles with just about anyone. And with this being the hottest time of the year, the water feels good. So if Easter Sunday falls during this period, it is hard to do anything special. It would be like trying to celebrate Easter in the USA on July 4th and July 2-6 is a national holiday. But this year we could celebrate Easter since it fell on April 1.
We began with Palm Sunday. The church was nicely decorated with a large cross made by two of our teenagers. At the start of the service, the children paraded in waving coconut tree branches as everyone sang “Hosanna in the Highest”. Then on Easter Sunday, we added an empty tomb, again made by our teens. The children began the worship service with a short skit of the women going to the tomb and finding it empty, then meeting two angels. After the women walked down the aisle proclaiming “Jesus is risen”, “Peter” came running to the tomb to check things out, finding only the grave clothes. Then the children sang a special song. Later in the program, two of our teenagers sang a wonderful song of praise. Ed brought the Word that day. Jesus is Risen! He is risen indeed! And praise God we could really celebrate with everyone in this new church. May God help us to continue spreading the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection!