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Our first day of volunteering at Nazareth Village was one of excitement for all. We were, needless to say, ecstatic about wearing new clothes and not our own dirty smelly clothes. We were dressing up in first century-looking robes, head covers, and sandals. We looked good. Some led the donkeys around with the baby donkey’s (7-10 days old). Others started to carve our steps, fix a roof, fix the pathways, or two lucky people made a first century meal. I, along with five others, got the amazing job of weeding. This weeding isn’t what you think when you think of weeding. These terraces were covered with yellow “flowers” and these “flowers” are weeds. We had to decide if we should clear the area of thin it. We discussed it for a bit and decided if we pulled it all, it would just be mud and the rain would wash it out.
On the third day the jobs were switched and the weeding group cleared a pathway where “Jesus” (aka Kevin) walks during the play “The Passion.” So much for the work we did, but at least we looked good and had fun doing it.
We have found many new actors and actresses during the showing of this play. We have great criers-three at a time- (Cheryl, Sara, Liz, Katie, Kate, Becca) thieves (Nathan and Eric), a mocker (Kayla), and Roman soldiers (Kendal, Ben, Jason). We can’t forget the elder (Linford), Simon (Tim), Judas (Brian), and Jesus. I had to add I have made my debut as the angel. We also have the many amazing singers who sing “Via Dolorosa” which the whole group could now sing the tune. (Sorry to anybody I missed).
The performances have been moving and I have appreciated this work because we are touching people’s lives during this time.
On Weds. at 2:30 AM we will start our exit of Israel which has been our home since Jan 29th.
- Kristie Souder
First century village