Taste of the Nations

Today (Sunday November 5) my church had an amazing event called "Taste of the Nations" to end our missions conference. We had 21 nations that were represented tonight. Including Canada some of the countries were: South Korea, United States, Germany, Italy, Guyana, Jamaica, Trindad, El Salvador, Hungary, Ukraine, Ethopia and Congo. I don’t remember all the countries that were represented because I was so involved in the evening! My church is a very multi-cultural church as you can see!
I think last year they had this event at my church for the first time since my Pastor has been at my church but I missed it because I was in Korea but this year I got to be there for it! A few weeks ago my Pastor volunteered me to do a table for Korea after the service. I told him that would be no problem, I’d love to and I’m glad I did! Well even though I have been there for a year I didn’t just want to represent Korea by myself but I also wanted to have some Koreans with me to help represent the country too.
I thought it was a bit last minute to ask my Korean friends who are living in Toronto to help me out for this event and I wasn’t sure how many would be able to come (especially that my church isn’t in Toronto). I asked my Korean friend Lewis (Sung-woo) if he could help me out. I met him through Calvary church where I teach English every Tuesdays before I went to Korea. Even though Lewis doesn’t come on Tuesdays anymore, we stayed in touch and when he heard about the event he wanted to help me out. Lewis not only came but he also brought a car load of friends with him, two other Koreans, one Chinese girl and an older man who works with the international students at the People’s church in Toronto!
It was great representing Korea with other Koreans and showing off some of my pictures and souviers I brought over from Korea! We also offered Korean food right from Korean town in Toronto and people enjoyed discovering the different foods. Lewis and Geun young wrote people’s names in the Korean language when they came up to our table too. They really enjoyed that and it’s a great souvier for them to take home with them to remember the night!
It was such a blessing to be a part of this event at my church along with twenty other nations tonight. One part of the night we all gathered around a large Canadian flag and prayed over our nation Canada. That was very moving. Canada has become such a diverse nation and God has brought so many different nations to Canada so we can reach the world right in our own country! People need Jesus wherever they are, either at home or overseas.
Now my next event will be on Friday (Nov 10) when I speak to the youth group at my church about my experiences in Korea. Please keep that in your prayers that I’ll be an encouragement to them! Thanks and another thing to pray for, is for the right doors to open up for me to return to Korea in the New Year to teach English. Thanks so much for your payers!!

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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