We found a church!–Loren
Part of our goal for moving to Antigua was finding a Church and Salem was able to find one on-line yesterday afternoon. Our big drive for finding a church has two inspirations: one find a spiritual community and two find a community period. We’ve been hurting for a group of people to be with and spend time with.
Well anyway – we walked the 8 blocks or so to church this morning and found it without any trouble. When we got there we were early so we got seats and some coffee in the café area. Immediately we were greeted by some of the English speakers present at the church. We chatted about where we’re from and why we’re in Antigua. Apparently a lot of people are here to teach just like Salem. In this café area we met a young married couple named Cody and Katie (we found they got married two weeks before us – crazy, huh?). They invited us to sit with them in the service – which was nice because we had no idea where we were going.
The service was really cool because it was done half in English and half in Spanish, but at the same time…For example, the English pastor would say a sentence or two in English and then the Spanish translator would translate into Spanish. This was true as well for the worship team. The two singers (one woman and one guy) would sometimes sing the verses in Spanish and sometimes sing them in English, but both translations were projected onto the wall behind them. The message this morning was about the compassionate touch of Jesus through the example of the healing of a leper – especially noting that Christ could heal without touch, but choice to heal both the separateness of the leper and the man’s leperacy by touching him. It was very interesting to hear the sermon in this way because the pauses between translations allow you to think about what was said in whatever language you were listening too.
After church, Cody and Katie invited us to have lunch with them…how could we say no? So we wandered around Antigua for a bit until I found a restaurant I had eaten at last week, but that Cody, Katie, and Salem hadn’t eaten at before. We had a really nice time talking with them about why we’re all here in Guatemala and what we’re doing and what we hope to do. Particularly it was nice to find a young couple that we will be able to hang out with.
Now we’re back home relaxing and getting ready for next week. I think Salem is hoping to take over some classes this week…or maybe next week. We’ll see and we’ll keep you updated!