Children ran around, jumped on the moonwalk, and nibbled at cotton candy at Culture Clash last month. It was a fun time for RTN to celebrate the cultures represented by the families at the church. Six cultures were represented during the presentation time: Fiji, India, Nepal, Ethiopia, America, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Each group shared a song, dance, or ceremony from their respective countries. Those who came watched Nepali dances, listened to the thrum of the Tabla (a traditional Indian drum), and sang along to songs from the DRC, Ethiopia, and the United States. A team from Heritage Baptist came to work behind the scenes to help set up and serve food. On the spur of the moment, they also came and sang 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman to help represent the United States. Thank you, Heritage, for being willing to serve and jumping right into the midst of ministry.
After the presentations, everyone shared a time of diverse food and fellowship. The women had been hard at work that morning and the day before to prepare a tasty meal for all of us. It is exciting to see the vision for the church to embrace (and celebrate!) the differences of each people group become a reality. Each of the church members came together to make this event possible, and we are thrilled with how it went! In the spring, we hope to do this again. So keep your eyes open for next year’s Culture Clash and make plans to join us!