Our Easter Celebration began on Thursday with the school Easter program. The entire Elementary performed a couple songs and quoted John 11:25-26. Then the high-schoolers took the stage and did a reading and drama of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. They also did a stick dance to the song, “Arise, My Love” which is performed by Newsong. That night, we ate some left over ice cream from one of the classes’ parties (with permission, of course). Actually, it wasn’t JUST ice cream. We feasted on ice cream sundaes!
|The Gang going to the Coast!|
|......sitting on the side of the road.......waiting....|
Then? It was off to our rented apartment in our rented van! We were on the road to our vacation! We were on the Panamerica Highway heading towards Valparaiso, Chile when another car driving came up beside us and motioned for us to pull over (he was flailing his arms vigorously). We pulled over, and he explained that he had seen fluid leaking underneath the van. THANKFULLY, it wasn’t diesel! However, it did smell like antifreeze. The passengers of our van decided to try driving to the next exit and see if the van heated up or not. We hadn’t even driven 100 yards when the heating gage started moving upward rapidly. We pulled over and someone called the van rental place to see about getting another vehicle. Little did we know how long of a wait we were in for……..
I must say, however, that I thoroughly enjoyed our 8 hour
wait in the car. While it WAS
inconvenient, I’m not denying that, it gave us opportunities for conversation
that wouldn’t have been had otherwise.
We played a variety of games that people had brought along, and we also
feasted on granola bars for supper….thank goodness for snacks!
|Brian defying gravity at the beach.....|
how is this possible?
We pulled into our rental apartment some time after midnight and crashed. Day 2 we were able to see some penguins on a rock further out in the water and see a beautiful sunset on the ocean. We also enjoyed a hearty meal for supper.
Day 3 we had a mini-Easter service where we sang songs and
each shared a meaningful verse in the Bible to us as well as an explanation of
WHY it was important. It was a precious
time of fellowship and worship. Then, we
went down to Vina Del Mar and enjoyed a stroll along the beach there where an
artisan fair was going on.
|Worshipping with the Williamsons|
On the way home, we were part of a major taco (Chilean term for traffic jam) that went from 13 lanes of traffic down to 2!!!! It was unbelievable. We all made it home safely and soundly in our new rental van……notice the difference from the first one!
Happy Easter (belated) to all of you reading this!!!!!
|Our crew back at SCA|
|Easter morning picture|
|Sand Art of the Last Supper|
|Sunset on the Coast|
|Penguins seen from shore|