Last fall Boston Street Church in Aurora (CO) held its third annual International Day. The day kicked off with inspiring reports from members representing over 25 nationalities, detailing the progress of Adventism in their native lands.

Then came the Parade of Nations. Two matrons of honor, Sylvia Bookhardt and Dawn Bookhardt, highlighted facts about each nation and its history while music played. Concluding each presentation, church and community members stood proudly for their native national anthem.

After more music and a sermonette, it was time for the Taste of Nations. Every room in the Garden Level was filled with booths displaying decorations and food specific to a particular region of the world. A tent beside the church featured Christian music from around the globe, augmented by background conversations and laughter of Christian fellowship in many languages. The day ended with an International Musical and vespers by Pastor Asante of the Ghanaian Adventist Church in Aurora.

International Day attendees expressed appreciation about how the multicultural community of the body of Christ came come together to celebrate one another’s national heritage.

 Gary S. Collins is the senior pastor of the Boston Street Church.