Happy 15th Birthday, Cristo Salva!

Last Sunday was an exciting day at our church, Cristo Salva (Christ Saves): the church turned 15! Now fifteen may not seem like a very big milestone but in Latin America, a girl’s quinceaños, or fifteenth birthday, is a really big deal usually celebrated with a big party which often includes a fancy dress (like from prom), a fancy cake (similar to a wedding cake), music, and lots of friends.

Sanctuary prepared for the 15th Anniversary Party

The sanctuary decorated for the anniversary ceremony.

The beginning of the anniversary ceremony was about what we expected and included music and speakers. One thing I thought was interesting was that several Christian organizations sent representatives to the celebration and they all brought gifts for the church.

Welcome speech, signed for the deaf in the church

The welcome speech, given by a member of the church. The lady on the right is signing the welcome for deaf members of the congregation.

After the message, given by one of the former pastors of the church, we had a surprise… a Christian mariachi band waltzed down the aisle and performed for us! It definitely made the celebration a lot more festive. During the performance a lot of us enjoyed trying on one of the mariachi hats. And we ate cake! (That’s a vital part of any party, right?!)

Mariachi band; their songs were signed for the deaf

It's a mariachi band!

Hans with a Mariachi Hat

Lindsay with a Mariachi Hat

The Pastor of Cristo Salva, Marcelo

Here we are with our pastor, Marcelo.

One of the highlights of the night was listening to the band sing happy birthday to the church. It started in Spanish (nothing new there) but then the group sang a verse in English, with a Spanish accent of course. I thought it was hilarious and just made me enjoy the group even more!

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