The CMSP Holy Week celebration started with a film showing on the night of Maundy Thursday. Four short Christian films gave us more examples of God’s love to His son Jesus Christ and how Christ meets us as a fellow human being. The films also taught us what to do when we need help in times of trouble. They reminded us of how Jesus will help us in our daily needs, in our helplessness, loneliness and suffering. In Matthew 7:24 Jesus said,
“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his home on the rock.”
After watching, Mrs. Rose Salvani, NCH supervisor, had a recap of the films. On Good Friday, a calm and quiet atmosphere lay on the children’s home throughout the day. We celebrated our afternoon service with the message “The Seven Last Words” preached by Pastor Chris and Pastor Rey. In the evening, Mrs. Rose Salvani again talked with the children about the film. Finally, she asked the children if they wanted to dedicate their lives to Jesus. About 20 children raised their hands and wanted having a closer relationship with our heavenly Father. All the other children and staffs formed a circle around them and while holding our hands and praying, God was present touching their hearts.
The activities for Saturday were both a game and an art. At first, the children and staff enjoyed swimming at the pool, sponsored by our Japanese supporters two years ago. Afterwards, the children of every house painted their eggs which will be used for the activities of the following day, a very exciting and surprising one.
The reason why we are celebrating the Holy Week is fulfilled in the Easter Sunday because of Jesus’ resurrection. It was not only those women about 2000 years ago who very early on Sunday morning went to the tomb, but also the girls of the Naic Children’s Home. For an opening number, several of them performed a short play of the women standing puzzled at the tomb ajar. Suddenly two men in shining clothes stood by them. Full of fear, they bowed down to the ground, as the men said to them: “Why are you searching among the dead for one who is alive? He is not here, He has been raised. Remember what he said: ‘The Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, be crucified and three days later raise to life.’” At 5am, we gathered for the sunrise service at the basketball court, watching the sunrise, praising
God through a powerful worship and dance performance and of course the play just shown. After that, the traditional and famous egg hunting per house-family took place. Everybody enjoyed searching for their painted eggs, competing for the first price and eating them with a real treat with pandesal and macaroni salad at the picnic shortly after the egg hunting. Now they are running for Jesus to “remember what he taught and let his words enrich their lives and make them wise” (Colossians 3:16).
Jesus said, “If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed
and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
Antje Schwesig, German Trainee