We let everyone sleep in a little today to give them a break. However, by the time the students get home, parents, they should be pretty used to 5:30 - 6 a.m. wake-up calls. Breakfast was scrambled eggs, refried beans, bananas, and cereal today.
At 8:45 we headed for church and the beginning of the Stations of the Cross. It's difficult to describe what we witnessed this morning. I'd say it's as close to the real thing without actually being real. We watched Pilate ask the crowd to release Jesus, Jesus being whipped (complete with fake blood), walking the complete path all over Esquias, actually falling on the pavement while carrying the cross. all the other actors participating, wailing by the women, and nailing in the cross. The last few Stations took place in the rock quarry with the stripping his clothes, nailing to the cross, dying (with him speaking to God), taking him from the cross, and they even had a burial spot in the gravel with a cross made of rocks and a tomb cover made to look like various sizes of rocks. It lasted just over 3 hours and the heat took a toll on all of us. AND, we still had to walk back to the compound from the edge of town.
At this time we are awaiting our lunch. We'll have a little more church this afternoon with veneration of the cross at 3. The rest of the day is to be spent in reflection, laundry, visiting, prayer, and rest.
I am requesting that today's student blogs begin by stating why they're glad they came to Honduras. These will be the final student blogs for this group. We'll see all of you at the Omaha Airport on Sunday, I expect.
Mya, I heard you kept Seivert busy for a while. Good for you! I can hardly wait to see you when I return on the 15th. Jay and Miranda, it would be nice to get one message from you with information on Paige.