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A weekend full of greetings from all over the world, colorful flags, and exotic food showed us the value of all cultures last weekend, March 30 and 31 when the Campion Church and Academy joined together to put on the international events. Many academy students contributed to these events by carrying in flags, extending greetings in different languages, and making and selling foods from around the world to raise money.
Both International Sabbath and the International Food Fair were a big success in uniting church members and students in learning more about the cultures represented. “I thought it was really interesting to see a lot of the students from Campion represent their cultures,” mentioned Sandra Marin, a junior at Campion.
Putting together the program for International Sabbath took a lot of work, but all of the pastors were beyond grateful to everyone who volunteered to participate and help with the service. Not only did they carry in flags and sing bright, joyful songs, but the church was full of people wearing clothing from countries all over the world. “One of my favorite moments was when we sang “Dame la Mano” and people got up to shake each other’s hands. It really brought a piece of home over here,” said junior Fabiola Castrejon.
Following the service, Campion students were taken to the homes of church members where they enjoyed delicious, home-cooked meals. Together they ate and enjoyed games amid a lot of laughter. “It was fun to get to know more about people that I had never really talked to before. It was a really great experience,” explained Brisa Maldonado a freshman at Campion.
The weekend ended with an annual International Food Fair. Church members, international students, staff, and some classes prepared meals and drinks from the countries they represented. All were filled with brilliant, eye-catching colors and decor. Students enjoyed purchasing and consuming their supper from this bountiful feast. Sophomore Nelly Salinas exclaimed, “I only got to try a couple of the booths and it was so hard to choose which ones to go to because everything looked and smelled terrific!”
-- Stephanie Salinas; photos by Jill Harlow