We celebrated Easter this weekend, along with millions of others. As missionaries we always feel like we walk a fine line between celebrating our own traditions and being careful not to impose or lay those traditions over on a compartively young church. For example, one of our western traditions is Easter egg hunts and candy. Like many traditions, I have no idea why we do this, but it’s a fun family time. Saturday night we had our missionary team over for dinner and had a great time of food and fellowship. Later that evening the kids had an Easter egg hunt and everyone had a good time. Today we took our core group up to Prishtina to worship with the mother church in Prishtina. We had great Kingdom time together.
Some of the egg hunters: Madison Singfiel, Jennifer Strunk, Reilly Singfiel, Luke Brinkman, Joshua Brinkman
Amelie Bower is not to be deterred.
Amelie made it into the post-hunt group shot
My girls in their Easter dresses. Mom stayed up late sewing new bitty-baby clothes for the event, so the girls had to ensure they were part of the pictures.
Today we took our Gjilan Ringjallja Church gang up to Prishtina. Our “mother church,” BUM hosted a joint service and potluck in new theater across the street called, “Theater of the Father.” Okay, I don’t understand the name either. Here Pastor Femi Cakolli is greeting the churches who came from the cities of Deçan, Prizren, Gjilan, Suharek, and another new church plant in Prishtina.
We had a great service together, which featured a sermon from Mark Orfila, a AOG missionary from Deçan. After the service we had one of the larger “potluck” dinners I can remember. We ate everything from traditional Albanian pita to curry chicken.
Today was a great demonstration of the Kingdom of God and unity in the Church. Unity is a stretch in the Balkans. Everyone knows too much about each other and both history and folks memories are long.