The cultures of Africa and the Caribbean were highlighted in Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship’s International Night held in the Nursing Building Auditorium on March 4.The international representation at the fellowship night were the countries of Nigeria, Cameroon, St. Lucia, Dominica, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The night began with a praise song, “I Command My Neighbor to Praise the Lord,” which filled the auditorium with the rhythm of the Caribbean and excited the people to dance as they praised.
After the praise song, the spotlight was on the Cameroon Student Leadership and Education, a Grambling State student organization designed to help international students from Cameroon adapt to the new lifestyle.
The students mentor and guide the incoming students from Cameroon, helping provide a “home away form home.”
Another presentation described the different islands and cultures within the Caribbean.
Special features were done for St. Lucia, the home of many of Grambling State’s
The presentations gave information about the island and its history. It included visual aids of the beauty that is captured in the islands, the environment and people there.
The international praise and worship team came up to do two more selections before the speaker, Blaze Wabo, came forward to give his message.
The praise and worship team came and sang “Igwe,” a song requested by Jakeithia Prejean, Chi Alpha’s campus pastor.
This song seemed to be one of the special highlights of the night and became an instant hit among the crowed as each person rose to their feet and began to dance.
The night was sealed with a word form Wabo, who is from Cameroon and a former Chi Alpha president. He expressed a series of Bible stories that could be related to issues that college students may go through at some time in their academic careers.
The night provided insight on how other countries praise God. It was a peek into their culture and who they are, as believers of Christ. It was an eye-opener for people to realize that the American way is not the only way to serve God, but there are many ways to show God how much love people have for him.
That is what the internationals brought to Chi Alpha that night.
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