Inspiring International Day Celebrated at Hampstead Church
By Moses Arendse
Sabbath 5th May punctuated an Inspiring International Day at Hampstead Seventh-day Adventist Church. The church was ostentatiously bedecked with myriads of flags from different countries: from Brazil in South America; Guyana and Jamaica in the Caribbean Islands; Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa from Africa, to (yes you guessed right – ) the United Kingdom. The flags were a kaleidoscope of colours which represented the rich cultural texture and diversity which is synonymous with global Adventism.
Dr Janos – Keynote Speaker
The keynote speaker for Divine Service was the Trans- European Director for Evangelism, pastor Janos, from the Czech Republic who delivered an inspirational message entitled “ Unity in Christ’s Family”. Pastor Janos also presented evangelism and outreach approaches for a post modern secular society from a more personal perspective in the afternoon session. The Hampstead leadership, lead by pastor Humphrey Walters took on board some of these evangelistic strategies outlined by pastor Janos and are now actively applying them in the church.
Choirs Enthral The Audience
Another highlight of the International Day was the festival of music. Who performed? Well, there were three very popular choirs from the South-England Conference: London Ghanaian Choir, the Philippino Choir, and the Rumanian Choir. Each choir presented an item during the main service and this was much appreciated by the audience. They continued their ministry in music during the afternoon programme and blessed the hearts and souls of all those present.
Perhaps one of the most important ingredients that glued everyone together was the array of different foods so efficaciously prepared. You could eat from almost every available dish from around the world. The most popular dish proved to be Brazilian feijoada with white rice (courtesy from Robison and Egla Da Silva).
We say a big thank you to all who brought traditional dishes to make the day such a great success.