Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Araw ng mga Patay (Day of the Dead)

This past Sunday, November 1st, was All Saint's Day. In the Philippines it is a traditional holiday in which the vast majority of people visit the graves of their loved ones. They bring food, light candles, leave flowers, and offer up prayers for the souls of the deceased. Since most of the people go to the cemetery that day we decided that it would be a good time to pass out tracts. So, around 15 members of our youth group split up and in around 25 minutes passed out close to 1000 tracts. It was really crowded. In fact, all of the tracts were passed out without even making it into the actual cemetery. The road to the cemetery was pretty narrow and on top of that you had the vendors on the sides of the road selling food, candles, and other trinkets to the stream of people that were constantly making there way to and from the cemetery. There were rows of tricycles waiting to give people rides and in addition, you had people who decided that they would rather drive than walk so at times it felt like we were in the middle of a slow moving game of frogger. As much as I wanted to bring my camera and take pictures I wasn't able to (the 20D isn't really pocket sized). It was an interesting cultural experience, but more than that it was a great blessing to be able to pass out all of those tracts and we are excited to see what God is going to do.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-

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