For Christians, yesterday marked the beginning of Holy Week. It is a time for us to lighten our schedules and reflect upon the betrayal, trial, death and resurrection of Jesus. Many of us attended Palm Sunday musical celebrations and will attend Easter morning services. Across the United States, children will enjoy egg hunts, visits with the Easter Bunny and new outfits. Culturally, it is as much a celebration of the spring season as it is an expression of our faith.
Holy Week in Honduras looks a little different than it does here in the United States. Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday in Central America are more reflective and subdued while Good Friday is a day of joyous celebration. Also, you won’t find egg hunts, baskets filled green plastic straw, chocolate bunnies or bright colored eggs. Department stores, restaurants, banks and government offices will close during Holy Week. Luggage packed with the best outfits will be hoisted into cars or buses, and families will travel to be with one another. Holy Week in Central America is when faith and family are inseparably bound together.
If you have served in Honduras or Nicaragua, it will come as no surprise to you that in these areas family is the very cornerstone of life. In fact, most of us in North America come away from our time in Honduras with a deep appreciation for the central place family has in the hearts of the people we served.
Our prayer for you this Holy Week is that it is will be a time when your faith in God and love for family will be wonderfully woven together. That together you will reflect upon the life and ministry of Jesus and you will remember the people God has called you to serve in His name.