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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS LEAD CELEBRATION OF ETHNIC DIVERSITY

Students and faculty representing 
more than 20 countries and five 
continents led chapel Wednesday, December 3 as Trinity celebrated ethnic diversity within its community.

The College's population includes 
individuals from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and other lands around the globe, and students displayed flags of most of the nations 
with campus representation.

Education professor Mary Webster Moore leads a song of worship.
 

Alex Lee, a freshman of Korean descentwho was born in Canada, described how his identity in Christ supercedes his cultural identity. The student group Inter-National Singers (Jeong Hyun Kim, South Korea; Emmanuel Miantona, Liberia; Russell Vitrano, United States; Lionel Ndayishimiye, Norway; Ian Ponder, United States; Claude Munyankindi, Rwanda; Deveshte DeAlwis, Sri Lanka; Daniel Roberts, Liberia) offered an a capella song.

Dr. Paul Lawson, a native of Jamaica and chair of the education department, gave a brief sketch of his country's history before leading the audience in singing "One Love, One Heart" written by fellow Jamaican Bob Marley. During his presentation, he shared an essential component for embracing ethnic diversity.

"In order to really know a people, it is necessary to understand the pain of that people," Lawson said. "Without knowing their pain and struggle, it's impossible to know who they are."
 

Before Ndayishimiye closed chapel with a prayer, spoken in Kurundi, history professor Bob Rice reaffirmed Trinity's pursuit of cultural acceptance.

"We worship God as a single people, and we express our worship through our different cultures," he said. "We testify to the Lord's goodness through our heritages as we celebrate our diversity."

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