We began our Easter celebration with Maundy Thursday at El Salvador church. Pastor Gustavo had the pews arranged in a large oval with a long banquet table filled with fruits and breads. After we celebrated the Lord’s Supper we were invited to the table to share the food in fellowship as a congregation.
On Good Friday, Bolivia’s most important religious holiday, we had a united church service with the nine Methodist churches in the Cochabamba area. We divided into groups and we discussed the seven last words of Christ and then gathered as one group to share our thoughts. Each church presented hymns and choruses and then we shared a meal together with one of Bolivia’s finest foods, peanut soup.
Easter Sunday morning at 6:30am we had another united service in the garden of El Salvador Church. We celebrated the resurrection of Christ on this frosty fall morning and then warmed our bones with a breakfast of api and bunwelos (hot purple corn drink and fry bread). Like Methodists everywhere we remember the great and terrible crucifixion of Christ and his glorious triumph over evil and death. And we always have special food to eat.