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On Easter Sunday,
there were 7228 people
a risen Savior
in 46 Lifeline churches
around the world.
While you may be
distant in miles
you were present
in each celebration of hope
and new life.
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How was your Easter?
You've probably asked or answered that question several times this week.
Your answer might include stories about family gatherings, special church
services or the relief everyone feels now that spring has finally arrived.
Tempting dishes of leftover candy at home or the office are likely the only
remnant of the holiday gone by.
At Lifeline, we pray that the hope of
Easter's story remains alive in your heart
every day. Holidays come and go.
Traditions fade. But the truth of the
resurrection changes everything. Because
our mission is to restore hope among the
nations, we just keep living the realities of
Jesus' story each and every day.
You have helped restore hope among the
nations this Easter. Your sacrifice, prayer,
service and gifts have enabled people in
Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, Cuba,
Guatemala, Panama, Navajo Nation and
Canada to discover what genuine, lasting
hope really is. Thank you!
On Easter Sunday, there were 7228 people
who worshipped a risen Savior in 46 Lifeline churches around the world.
There were 63 baptisms in Haiti alone. While you may be distant in miles
and culture, you were present in each celebration of hope and new life.
In Central America, their celebrations were similar to ours...with a few
twists. A week full of special services, camps for students, evangelism,
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and prayer emphasis. And Sunrise Service is actually at sunrise (5:00am).
Lifeline's 3-month-old church plant in Alberta, Canada (Northern Hills
Christian Church) had over 1000 people at a carnival on Saturday, which
included an egg hunt, bouncy houses, games and snacks. Not only did
this unite the new church members who served together in this outreach
project, but the church even had 21 first-time guests on Easter Sunday.
Many of the Navajo know about the secular traditions in the USA, but
now they are starting to uncover the depth of meaning Easter holds.
Haiti offers the most unique Easter traditions. Secular celebrations with
roots in Voodoo run the spectrum from Rara, a relatively harmless week-
long revelry with music and dancing in the streets, to parades led by
witch doctors that mocks the death of Jesus. Perhaps it's those evil
influences that drive Haitian Christians deeper in worship at Easter.
Churches sometimes have 1-2 weeks of revival-style services. Intense
prayer -- individually and as a congregation -- is common. Many
believers fast from Good Friday until Sunday, breaking their fast with
communion at a sunrise gathering.
Whether it was 850 gathered in our largest church in Haiti (Mahotierre
Christian Church) or emerging house churches in Guatemala and Panama
celebrating their first Easter together, the joy was the same for every
No matter where you live or what traditions you have, the message of Easter
is always the same. Together as one, we serve a LIVING Savior.
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