WILLINGBORO – On, Sunday, September 24th 2017 Delaware Valley Baptist Church held its 5th Annual International Sunday Celebration.

DelVal Church has been celebrating International Sunday every September for five years, beginning in September 2012.  International Sunday is a day that the church puts aside every year to celebrate the many ethnicities and nationalities and diversity represented at Delaware Valley Baptist Church. The celebration includes singing, learning new information about the nations represented, and sharing food from the various cultures represented.  This year, fourteen nations were represented, including nations such as Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Zimbabwe, and many more. DelVal was motivated to do this event after attending and participating in a few International Celebrations hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention in New Jersey at various churches. Attendees were extremely blessed by these events and were inspired by God to bring such a celebration to their own church. Through the celebrations, they’ve come to see just how diverse they are as a congregation.

One of the highlights from this year’s celebration was the Parade of Nations. The parade takes place at the start of the service where all the nations represented march into the sanctuary with the flags that represent their nations.  Also, this year they were blessed by the Music Ministry from our sister church, The Lifehouse Church, which participated in the International Celebration. They sang a song titled “Ungizungezile”, which was a very worshipful moment and was a blessing to the Lord and the entire congregation. The reception following the service was a major highlight as well.

The event coordinator reported that there were a number of key players who helped ensure that this event was successful.  He had an awesome team of people with a servant’s heart. Volunteers assisted in recruiting others to participate in the program, securing a variety of food for the reception, organizing and serving the food.

The church responded very positively to this event and was very willing to help out to ensure its success.  Everyone was engaged throughout the service.  Many individuals in the congregation who did not directly participate in the program represented their cultural background by wearing ethnic garb or the colors of their flag etc.  When asked whether or not he would like to do the event in the future, Dea. Marcus Wilson, the event coordinator,  responded ” I would love to be a part of this again in the future. It is always a great joy to serve God through this event.”  The theological reference and Scriptural theme for the event is Psalm 117.

Psalm 117 

“O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.”