Pastor Bruce Elder led the 7-member team. The team came to Timaru for a week-long ministry around the town.
As my Lord Supper invitation, I expressed that in the table of the Lord, everyone becomes equal. It is in this event when all just forget who they are and where they come from.
We are all sinners redeemed in Jesus Christ and given the opportunity to dine and fellowship with him.
Talking about cultural diversity, I made a poke about the eating of fish heads, which Asians love to do but according to Kiwis, they don’t do.
I said “So that means when Kiwis eat Whitebait they take off the heads one by one?”
By the way, Whitebait reminds me of Tabios or Dwarf Pygmy Goby, which is one of the smallest fish in world and endemic in Philippines waters.
To illustrate how culture equality happens in the Lord Supper, I told them that one time a Kiwi friend asked me if I enjoyed the food. I said, of course.
Then looking intently at him to see his reaction, I said, “Do you know that Filipinos enjoy food more when they’re eating with their hands? I saw him paused for a moment.
At the Lord Supper, everyone eats with their hands, whatever tribe or nation you come from.
I asked the congregation, “Have you ever participated in a Lord Supper where the congregation used fork and knives?”
I and Pastor Bruce ministered jointly the Lord’s Supper. I took charge of the bread and he ministered the cup.
That was a blessed and joyous Lord Supper celebration we had with the Dunedin City Baptist Church youth ministry team as we celebrate our Christian unity.