Sunday, 29 November -0001 19:00

Letter From Mary

Written by Mary Overduin
Parents, how do you celebrate the birthday of your children, for instance of your seven year-old? Children, how do you celebrate your seventh birthday? No doubt you invite some of your close friends and your family and you have a party with a cake and goodies. Isn't that the way you do it? Well, this evening I attended a birthday party of a seven year-old Achi girl and I would like to tell you about it.

Her name is Petronila. She is the daughter of Santiago, the evangelist who works with Rev. Herfst. Who was invited to the party? The whole church, as well as neighbours, friends and family! Our church is not very big yet, but all together I think there were about fifty people, adults and children.

The party started at 6.00 p.m. with a meal consisting of soup, coffee and tortillas ( a tortilla is a flat cake of baked maize). They had as many of us as could fit in sit on benches around the tables. The rest sat on the ground or in the kitchen around the stove. During the meal it was very quiet, you would hardly know there were so many children!

After the meal, the tables were cleared and the room was made ready for a church service. Yes, we had a service, that is how these people celebrate their birthdays. We sang a lot of hymns, both in Spanish and in Achi. Rev. Herfst had a short sermon on Mark 10:13-16, where Jesus said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." When the service was over everyone went home. By this time it was around 8.45 p.m.

That was quite different from the way we generally celebrate our birthdays, don't you think? But I think it is a very good way to celebrate. Everyone was pointed to the fact that birthdays are a gift from God and that on such days we should with joy glorify and praise God.

There was a joyful and happy atmosphere and we could truly say, "It was good to sing praises to God Who cares for us and provides us with our daily needs."

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