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Our Subcontinental day – how it went

by on October 28, 2011

Monisha

We met at 10 for prayer. Then we started setting up. We had a good team for the day, 8 of our people plus a few locals, plus about 8 ring-ins. Plenty of setting up had been done on Saturday arvo, so the set-up on Sunday wasn’t too stressful. Lagan spent the morning cooking for us at St Pauls: the smells were delicious.

By 12 when people started arriving, we had: food beautifully presented in bains-maries, kids activity tables and jumping castle, clothes dress-up stall with photography desk, shade pavilions, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on the PA system, face painting table, and more besides!

The crowd rolled in over the next hour.

Gradually more of our (local) cooks arrived bringing extra food offerings. Our first performer Monisha danced Bollywood-style, we were all entranced. We could have watched Monisha all day, but in the hot sun, she could only do short stints!

We had beautiful Tamil songs from  Venkat and Nirosh. Prahbu and his friends arrived and set up for a big bloc of instrumental music: awesome! They were so cool. In the middle of their set, our Bollywood dance troupe arrived, and gave the musos a break while they did their thing. All in beautiful sync!

Meanwhile the food was disappearing fast, we had around 150 people on the property, and the ladies were discovering the pleasures of dressing in Indian saris. They each went home with a laminated photo-portrait of themselves as an Indian princess! Local friend Anil took and printed the photos. We’ll post some soon.

Most people were sheltering from the sun in the pavilions (thanks RICE!), and surviving on chilled spring water. The kids were having their faces painted, making clay lamps, and colouring South Asian pictures at the colouring table. Others were jumping in the castle. And everyone was eating: string hoppers, meat curries, and lots of other things I don’t know the names of!

One of the best things about the day: it was free. Everything was free. (Oh I think we had Indian bangles for 20c each…) It was great to see people from the St Pauls morning congregation who’d come along to share the day with us. Thanks guys!
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The team did a great job, the visitors were happy, we saw at least 250 people during the day. Canny team members connected with several visitors, and exchanged details. Some new neighbours to follow up! (We’re also planning a thankyou lunch for all subcontinental neighbours who helped out) After the event I discovered we’d had some extra helpers I hadn’t been aware of. Selina (sp?) apparently spent the day welcoming visitors. She was amazing.
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Some of our subcontinental friends have started talking about making it an annual event!
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At 3 pm we wrapped it up, and packed up just in time for our Gathering at 4.15. Fellow church-planter Dan Webster from Revesby kept us awake after a long hot day, teaching about abiding in Jesus’ love (John 15). A perfect end to a day of serving and welcoming the Canterbury community! Thanks Dan.
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Thanks Jesus.

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3 Comments
  1. Anne-Claire permalink

    It was a great day!!!
    Well done to everyone involved & thank you for all your energy 🙂

  2. Gary Bennetts permalink

    Great work guys. Sounds like a fitting event with which to express God’s care for the community.

  3. Charles Ellis permalink

    What an awesome day. Praise God! I wish I could have been there….

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