The dough took up my entire countertop!
Sunday morning the streets are filled with families carrying baskets filled with decorated eggs, bread, meats, cheese, alcohol, etc. that have been blessed by the priest. If they have not already done so, they decorate the grave sites of their loved ones then every member of the family samples each of the items in the basket to avoid misfortune. This is a holiday filled with much superstition and alcohol. How sweet the sound of their Resurrection greetings! But, oh! How sad that it is nothing more than a mere tradition!
About 2 weeks before Resurrection Sunday (which was May 5th here this year), we received 2,000 tracts entitled "Christ Arose!" The tracts were readily received and we were able to get almost all of them out! Pray that God will open their eyes to the truth of the Gospel.
Max and Daniel (with Max's glasses).
Masha and Anna
Even with all of the drunkenness surrounding this day, God greatly blessed our services and we had over 30 in attendance! We were thinking we would be low in attendance since many had said they would be at the graveyard. Some still went to the graveyard that morning and just missed Sunday School, but made it for the morning service.
The Sunday School class...Nikita was running around somewhere so is not in the photo.
While the meal was being prepared, the kids played and the ladies tried to find cool spots to fellowship. (It was in the 90s!) We enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship and delicious food...and PLENTY of pas-ha bread. Almost everyone wanted us to try their's. :)
Slavic and Yuri enjoying Pas-ha.