International Worship Night celebrates cultural difference

The International Center and Office of Community Life partnered for the annual International Worship Night at the Kugel Oct. 21.

The night featured international students from many countries singing and reading Bible passages in nine different languages.

Marie King, graduate assistant for the International Center, said the event was meant to help expand students’ views of God as a god of all different cultures, not just Western culture.

“The purpose of the event is to create an environment where God can be worshiped and glorified among multiple people in multiple languages,” King said. “These kinds of events give us a taste of what heaven’s going to be like. Hearing the praises of hundreds of different languages forever around the throne singing glory to God.”

As they sang, the corresponding words were displayed on a screen in English for American students to sing along. Songs were sung in Korean, Chinese and Spanish, as well as the official Rwandan language Kinyarwanda.

Heidi Bassett, sophomore pre-nursing major, said she appreciated
the way God works across languages.

“I thought it was beautiful to hear everyone talking in different languages and worshiping God,” Bassett said. “It’s a different language but the same God.”

The night finished with a time of prayer focused on a variety of topics both local and global, including local church communities, missionaries abroad and the refugee crisis. Prayer cards were passed out for attendees to take home.

Arian Ramos, senior health science major, said they wanted to make prayer a focus for this year’s event.

“We’ve never done something like that before and we focused on Syrian refugees because that is something going on now in the world and we wanted people to be aware of it and to be praying for them,” Ramos said.

Refreshments were provided, giving students a chance to mingle with international students.

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