Eric came back from the Sendai area on Saturday night, just in time for a really busy Easter! We started with a 6:15 am prayer meeting for Sanda and Japan. It was a hope we’ve had since moving to Sanda to have a citywide prayer gathering for Christians. Even though there were only about twenty in attendance, it was encouraging that six or so churches were represented!
After that, we had an Easter celebration for our community. As Eric and I talked about it that night, we were so greatly encouraged by the turnout… in particular, that there were four whole families (ie dads, moms, and kids) who aren’t a part of any church who all came. Wow – we loved that so much! Many men (most men?) in Japan wouldn’t think about setting foot into a traditional church – or giving up their only free day — so it was a privilege to all these families come and want to be a part of this. There is something so attractive about Jesus and all that He is about!
Our friends from Cerritos, CA sent us a great box that helped make this possible. We started with an Easter craft- even the dads got into helping their kids make chicks and bunnies…
Eric used a car transformer, then, to grab everyone’s attention and share about the power of transformation that comes from Easter and Jesus’ resurrection. He did a neat job tying the theme into what he has seen God doing up in Tohoku after the tsunami – and that it is only through the realities that come from Jesus that lives can be truly changed. I know he was REALLY tired, but I loved seeing God speak through him.
Then, the activity that all the kids anticipate for months – the egg hunt! We loved some of the variety of plastic eggs that we received- I had no idea that they are making soccer ball eggs now. It was soo much fun for everyone- even some of the seniors there had a ball watching the kids run around and find eggs with such abandon.