Today Is Easter? by Karen
|This is a blast from the past:|
In April 2012 we spent Easter dying eggs and looking for baskets
full of treats and toys. Little did we know that a few short years later
the Lord would ask us to walk away from it all to serve the poor.
We wrote a little note to put in each cross that said, "¡Jesús resucitó y nos salvó!" which translates to "Jesus was resurrected and saved us." We also filled each plastic cross with little chocolate covered candies.
We wanted every person that received a sandwich to be reminded of the love that Jesus has for them, so we wrote "Jesus Te Ama" on the baggies, which means "Jesus Loves You".
We've chosen this corner because it's an established site for volunteers to serve those in need.
There is a covered sitting area aurrounded by some trees and cement benches.
Knowing that few of these folks would have otherwise heard this story on Easter day, we were really grateful to be able to share the Good News and celebrate the gift of our salvation together.
After everyone finished their lunch we passed out the plastic crosses full of candy. We initiallly anticipated giving the crosses to children, but we quickly realized that the adults were just as excited to receive them than any kids would have been.
The more we get to know the folks that spend their time on the streets and at this corner, the more we learn about their difficult pasts. Many of them were born into less than ideal circumstances, had disadvantageous childhoods, and have struggled ever since. What a blessing that a hot sandwich and a few plastic crosses full of chocolate can bring a bit of light into their darkness - especially on Easter day!
Lorda was really excited to see Katelyn so that she could thank her again for sharing her clothes.
A couple weeks prior, Lorda was in need of a long-sleeve shirt to help her stay warm during the chilly, rainy nights. She asked if we might be able to buy her one, but instead we gave her one that we had with us. She was so grateful and told me that when she wears Katelyn's shirt she feels like she's surrounded by Katelyns' love.
This particular building is now being used to house people's livestock: chickens, goats, pigs, and such.
When people came out of a house we'd wish them Happy Easter, say a bit about Jesus' resurrection, give them some plastic crosses full of candy, and ask if they wanted a bible and/or rosary.
This man was oblivious to the fact that it was Easter before we told him.
"Today is Easter?" he asked. "Wow, that's wonderful. Thanks for telling me. Thanks for visiting me on Easter."
Sometimes we'd hear people inside the house, but they wouldn't come out or even acknowledge our presence.
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