Moving NationsJuly 02, 2013
Baptist World Alliance moved into full swing today with the first morning worship service (which will occur each morning now through Saturday). The worship time truly offered a global experience. Harry Gardner from Canada led the service and Anthony Carroll the Bahamas preached, with a Bangladeshi Baptist reading a biblical passage in Bengali and a Chilean Baptist reading another passage in Spanish (the photo is one I took of the latter). For the songs during the service, one came from Trinidad and Tobago, one from the Caribbeans in general, and one from Europe. The responsive readings were printed in four languages with all of them being spoken at the same time during those parts of the service. Truly the nations came to worship God. The theme for the service, "Liberating a People," echoed throughout the responsive readings, scriptures, sermon, and songs. This focus naturally brought to attention the conditions and struggles of nations. Following up on this moving experience, I then enjoyed a nice swim in the ocean.