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New Life Temple Church Members Gather to Celebrate Recently at Missions Cultural Festival Fundraiser

New Life Temple Church Members Gather to Celebrate Recently at Missions Cultural Festival Fundraiser

By Frances Gonzalez-Boyd

 

 

 

An annual cultural event, the Mission Festival at New Life TempleChurch brought all races and nations together as a family to celebrate andraise money for missionaries in other countries who are saving souls forChrist. Many hungry people followed the aroma of foodto the colorfully decorated booths after church service last month. Cultural colors stood out with volunteers whowere dressed for their countries and provided some food that included; Mexicanfood plates, American hot dogs from the good ole USA, Israel homemade bread,and some African fried bananas, fruit cups, pies and cakes for desert. It was the place to be for those that wantedto get a taste and feel for their favorite countries. {{more}} A church member dressed in a black Mexican Mariachicostume serenaded the congregation before the church service was over with apopular Mexican song giving a sneak preview for other music that was to come.The music and dancing brought back memories for many. It was a joy to see theAfrican women dancers also A Guatemala booth volunteer. Photo by Frances Gonzalez-Boyd.performed with their choir singing in thebackground. An older woman and a youngman danced a popular dance from Guatemala. Pastor Ezequiel Pecina and his wife Carolynwere both dressed in Mexican outfits. Pastor even danced with some of theAfrican dancers. The dancing may have brought back memories and traditions forthose that have not been able to visit their home country. The camaraderie ofpeople young and old seemed to embrace the feelings of family unity while theyenjoyed themselves at the festival .Outside there was a play castle set up forthe children. A contagious feeling of joy and spiritual Christian fellowshipspread all around. Without thecontribution of all those that gathered, the fundraiser could not have been asuccess. The festival was for a good cause, and it also made a specialtraditional memory of Christian brotherhood.   African Choir and Young Lady Dancers. Photo by Frances Gonzalez-Boyd.   Charles Cerda, a volunteer at the Israel table. The braided bread on the table is called Challah, and is usually consumed on The Sabbath. Photo by Frances Gonzalez-Boyd.