RVA is a unique place. Our students call Africa home (Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and Mozambique commonly – but also countries farther north or farther south or farther west). They call nations all over the world their passport country (USA, Canada, South Korea, the UK, Australia, and many more). And each year RVA celebrates this unique diversity during Multi-Cultural Day.
This year’s theme was Our Sensory World. Split up into three “continents” (the Americas, Africa/Australia, and Euro-Asia), students had the opportunity to taste, touch, see, smell, and hear things from each continent. They spent an hour at each continent participating in various activities pertaining to that culture. They had artwork to make, music to play, dances to learn, costumes to wear, and food to try.
We feasted together outside for lunch and then moved into Centennial for the much anticipated Ceremony of the Flags. This tradition is one of the best RVA has to offer. A small glimpse of Heaven. Students sang praises to the Lord in Korean, Swedish, Portuguese and Swahili. For one song, we sang the verses in English and the chorus altogether in our heart languages.
Twenty-Five flags were represented by students who hail from those countries. Each country’s anthem plays as they process to loud cheers from the crowd. One can’t help but be all teary as over 500 students and staff erupt into applause for each nation or as those same 500 people sing praises together in many languages.
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb… Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”
Revelation 7:9-10, 12
Until the Whole World Hears,
(we will leave you with some photos from the day)