Friday, August 23, 2013

Getting Some Religion in the Cook Islands

There are grave sites that surround most churches.

The Cook Islands are very religious.  After all, missionaries began showing up in 1821 and have been spreading the gospel ever since.  Coming from the United States, where separation of church and state rule the country, hearing the words of Christ spoken in schools and markets and everywhere in between was refreshing.  The first time I heard someone mention the Bible and Christ in public, I had to do a double take and look around to search for defensive reactions.  There were none.  It was glorious!


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We were in Rarotonga for Easter which included a FOUR day holiday.  Schools have performances that include the walk of Christ and his Resurrection.  They sing songs to the Creator.  And they are in the native Maori language.  We went to Rutaki Primary and they did a fantastic performance.  We went to Avarua Primary the day prior and saw the rehearsal.  Again, fabulous.



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So regardless of your faith, plan on attending a service.  Gals should wear skirts or a dress (the signs we saw frowned upon women in slacks), guys nice shorts or slacks.  It might not be your native language and there isn't air conditioning, but it will completely be worth it.

Avarua Christian Church in Avarua, Rarotonga

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Oh, and at the end of our service, we were invited into another building next to the church where we were fed a snack of all sorts of bread and fruit!  


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