Do you have different nationalities represented within your ministry or community? This week I’d like to encourage you to embrace the different nationalities and give your women the chance to share about their heritage.
Recently, we did this at our church by creating a “Trip Around the World” event and it was well attended and enjoyed by all. We have a large international community but, if your church is not ethnically diverse, you could partner with other local churches or have women within your church sign up to study and represent different countries or regions.
Our “Trip Around the World” had many elements that helped make it an international experience for our women. As you know, event themes can be a hit and a great starting point for the direction of your event. Here’s how we made our event unique to our women:
Greeting – Customized passports which were dated the day of the event were created for each attendee. As each person entered the event, the passport was stamped with our church stamp.
Food – We encouraged the women to bring a dish or two that was native to their country of origin. If you have a large church, you could consider having them serve desserts or appetizers as it may be cost-prohibitive to ask your women to cook for 200 people.
Decor – Memorabilia such as pins, flags and souvenirs from each of our own countries of origin were placed around the event space and added to the experience for the attendees.
Connection – We had a time for sharing about their heritage and many women told stories from their past and funny things that they did as children while they were growing up. Some sang funny songs and a couple of people did quick skits. It was a great opportunity for us to connect with one another and learn something new.
As with any event, be sure to keep your purpose top of mind. This can be a great outreach opportunity or even a meaningful way to create connections among the women in your church. Either way, it’s important for us to always remember that our purpose is to help women to know God in a deep and meaningful way. This event theme is a great opportunity to remind your attendees of how God has created each one of us differently and given each unique experiences that He will use for His glory.
Question: How do you embrace different nationalities represented in your ministry?