Representing cultural differences

HUNTINGTON, Ind. During a Feb. 20 chapel service, students will share their heritage and faith in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Korean and other languages represented by Huntington University's international students.

After weeks of preparing, the International Student Committee (ISC) has prepared a chapel to showcase the growing international population at HU.

During worship, senior Bobae Lee of South Korea will play on the keyboard and junior YeRi Lee of South Korea will play the violin. Together with the instruments, sophomore Sonya Lawrence of Jamaica, senior Melissa Lawrence of Jamaica, junior Yang Wu of China, freshman Andrew Jared Dean of Pakistan and freshman Sangeun Woo of Indonesia will lead work in song.

During the scripture reading, students will read in different languages based on their nationalities, according to Lee, president of International Student Council at HU. For this chapel, the theme is Revelations 7:9-10. Students participating are Melissa Lawrence who will speak in Patwa; Andrew Jared Dean who will speak in Urdu; freshman Panthelys Theodoracopoulos of Honduras who will speak in Spanish; and senior Sabi Rakhimova of Kyrgyzstan who will speak in Russian.

Unlike the past, the student committee also decided to do worship dance during the chapel. Freshman Anna-Kay Levy of Jamaica, along with senior Maria Esther of Nicaragua, will lead the dance.

Junior Ashish Dhingra of India will give the message, based on the book of Revelations, about culture diversities.

"It is a chance for the student committee to show who they are and the countries and cultures that are represented here and also to share something from a spiritual perspective," said Shoshannah McKinney, international admission counselor.

According to Lee, the student committee received more participants for this year's chapel than the past few years, and they are looking forward to getting both international students and U.S. student engaged in chapel services.