Nick Hovenga – Northglenn, Colorado … The second annual “Feast of Nations” was held at Chapel Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church in Northglenn, Colorado, November 11. The time together was a celebration of the ethnic diversity in the Chapel Haven congregation and a demonstration that, no matter where we all come from, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.
The attendees were comprised of church members, their family and friends, and some local neighborhood residents who were invited to join the event through door hangers distributed in the community.
Among the participants in the program was a veteran of the Vietnam War who shared how much he enjoyed coming to this event. “Thank you,” Mr. Garcia said. “My neighbor invited me, but I was hesitant to come. However, I’m now glad I came. Thank you for having us.”
The free event was a chance to taste some of the cultural cuisine from several nations that are represented by the members at Chapel Haven. The fellowship hall of the church was lined with tables around the perimeter where nation participants served up their plant-based recipes with a central area for everyone to enjoy the food and fellowship. Participants prepared examples of food from their home countries of the United States of America, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica, and El Salvador.
A great time was had by all, and no one left the event hungry. The event was a great success, and, by God’s grace, we may see some of the new faces again soon.
—Nick Hovenga is an elder at the Chapel Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church. Photos by Nick Hovenga.