Photo: Missionary Susan Mehl, right, talks with one of the students at a school of The Lutheran Church—Hong Kong Synod.
“Susan tutors Chinese students in English on Mondays at one of The Lutheran Church—Hong Kong Synod schools, where fewer than half of the students are Christians. During Holy Week, the students worked some word-search puzzles with words form the biblical account of the resurrection. These puzzles are well-received — even if students don’t know all of the words, they can look for the letters. In this puzzle, words like ground, rose, rolled, were mixed with obvious ‘religious’ words, like cross and angel.
“Wanting the kids to make the connection between all of the words and the story of Jesus rising from the dead on that first Easter morning, another teacher and Susan began to show and tell the story, and then they asked questions. When asked why Jesus died for us, one of the older students, without looking up from his work, replied matter-of-factly, ‘To save us from our sins,’ to which another student added excitedly, ‘He was the sacrifice!’ After a pause, one of the girls murmured, with special emphasis, ‘And we are grateful.’
“Discussion continued, and proved rather interesting, as might be expected in a group where understanding and beliefs are widely varied. But the message for all of us is simple — a reminder of the profound joy of Easter — Jesus is the sacrifice that saves us from our sins, and we are grateful!”