Africa led the way in all things that spell national pride following the success of the first Wednesday Night’s presentation in World Culture month at Cambridge. All the visitors and guests were able to sample typical African foods including maize and peppermint tart.
Guests heard incredible stories of how although there are many concerns in Africa, including health and the economy, God has blessed the land richly.
The folks were reminded how pioneers of God’s faithful stewards were married to Africans including Moses and Joseph.
But the revelation of the night came knowing that manna – the food substance God provided to the Israelites on their journey through the desert – still falls in Angola to the present day!
The boldness of the Africans were a tough act to follow but the remnant Asians and their family members represented well enough to match the enthusiasm by preparing and serving a delicious meal.
Delicacies such as pancit (intricately flavoured noodles), lumpia (hand-rolled spring rolls) and Thai style curry served with rice; all rounded off with casava cake and plantain rolls.
Two young men led the presentations focusing on how God blessed their land in the days of their childhood growing up.
The narrative style meetings continued into the following weeks with the Caribbeans and Europeans sharing memories of what it was like for them and their families being Christians in their communities.
The Caribbean night didn’t disappoint with plates full of world-renowned favourites, including rice and peas and ackee and saltfish.
While a large number of people made an effort to showcase their ethnic heritage, the Europeans were represented in full with everyone celebrating British culture and the land we now reside!
We heard stories of Adventist families in Germany; and the experiences of the first Caribbean Adventists who came to the country in the 1950s, what it was like for them and the impact political and demographical changes had on their faith.
The responses were largely positive with most people regardless of where they came from originally, now feel blessed to have ended up in the UK and enjoy the privileges of worshipping freely.
One of the biggest blessings of the Culture Month was not only to reach out and have visitors from the community which is always the purpose for church events, but it was seeing large numbers of church members and their families come out week after week to support the programme.
“There is something special about sharing a meal and sharing stories that brings people together,” says Pastor Colin Stewart. Seeing the church grow stronger as a family is a huge blessing, a foundation on which outreach can be even more effective.”
Just to show how much this one month has transformed the church, the programme has now been extended to take place once a month over the whole year. That way the experiences of the faith before us can help develop us now and bring us even closer together as we work for the Lord in anticipation of His soon return.