What a beautiful Easter! Woke up bright and early and we left the house while it was still very dark out. Our neighbors across the street are Ethiopian Christians and part of their tradition includes slaughtering a cow. So, they were out doing that by flashlight when we left this morning. The various inner parts are still out on the street for the stray cats and dogs to enjoy.
We made it to the beach and walked out by flashlight. A few other families started arriving and we were soon joined by 2 policemen with very large guns. A few of the men chatted with them and they seemed satisfied with why we were there. Soon the sun started coming up and most of the rest of the International community turned out for the service.
The youth group performed a drama and then the pastor shared the Word. We sang and praised as the sun came up over the Nile.
Seven of the youth shared their stories and were baptized. Most of them were baptized by their fathers. It was precious.
We praised some more then ate a potluck breakfast and enjoyed chatting and the breeze across the Nile. Some officers were still hanging around keeping an eye on us. I looked over at one point and 4 or 5 kids were chatting with one of them and gave him a cinnamon roll. It was really cute. We also got quite many curious looks and stares from the local men who were out. At one point while the Pastor was sharing 3 men stopped a few feet behind him and just watched us and listened.
We left at about 9:30am, before it started to get too hot. Enjoyed a lovely Easter lunch with some of my team, complete with traditional hot cross buns. A beautiful Easter. One that I will not soon forget.