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An eclectic mix of music styles coloured the first International Day at Kings Church in Harrow.


The evangelical congregation saw over 200 people dancing to the rhythms of Brazilian Samba, South African Kwaito and Cameroonian music on April 18.


According to the Church’s Pastor, David Straughton, the event was meant to celebrate the cultural diversity in the congregation’s international community.


The cultural festival featured diverse delicacies on the menu ranging from Zimbabwean delights to food from the West Indies.


Clad in traditional costumes from several continents, the international congregation praised God for the work of Christian missionaries in several countries around the world.


“Multiculturalism is hard work”


Speaking during the event, Ms. Angela Kemm from the  City Hope Church in Bermondsey exhorted Christians at Kings Church to be thankful for the rich international constitution of their congregation.


At a time when immigration is an election issue in Britain, the speaker called on Christians  to desist from idle talk about immigrants, while praying that those who get into the UK would be those to contribute positively to the environment.


She said while an international congregation is desirable, the church should note that “Multiculturalism is hardwork as foreigners are always conscious about how they come across to others“.


She explained that it was the duty of the nationals to make the international community continually welcome: “Even if they look white-skinned, they think differently, and should be made to feel acceptable,” she said.


Transformation Video


A high point of the event was the screeening of excerpts of a video about the work of missionaries in Almonga, Guatemala-Latin America.


The video profiled the transformation of the city from a crime stronghold  to a peaceful environment void of even a single prison.


The film noted that the city’s transformation was triggered by the spread of the Christian faith in the area.

The Christians are currently looking forward to another international day, to relive the cultural displays again.


Kings Church Harrow is part of the New Frontiers family of churches, and a member of the Evangelical Alliance.

There are currently over 700 New Frontiers churches in over 60 nations of the world.

by Brian Aboringong

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