It's Easy to Explain Section 102F Events at Willow.
1.) Lots of People
2.) Lots of Food
3.) Lots of Entertainment
Oh and yes this is a church, but Indian Independence is a definite day to Celebrate.
A time to celebrate with 1800 people!!!! One could imagine how busy that is for all our volunteers and with it being summer we did not have as many people as usual.
These big events at church consist of me running around doing ten different things and I see people for a few minutes and am lucky if I see them again before the event ends. I have no complaints as I enjoy running around and doing my best for my fellow Indians. It's always so heart warming to smile and connect with them, shake hands, give hugs, and give genuine acknowledgement between beings. It's great seeing familiar faces and learning about what they have been up to as well as their church attendance. Not everyone attends the big massive church because they prefer their own temples or smaller, more intimate churches-can't say I blame them. Willow Creek is great, but their level of commercial and constantly becoming "bigger and better" is a whole other post-reminds me to do that....
While we usually have the Bollywood dancing, the spiritual messages from our Indian-Christian leaders-our leader of the event decided to do something fun with the kids. Usually they have face painting, clowns, and bouncy houses. This time they had their own fashion show for their adorable outfits. Seriously, the kids look absolutely adorable at these events and why not give an award for the cutest kid? I ended up being the Pagent girl to prepare the kids for their runway appearance. It' like the Runway with their pep talk before they head out, "Smile, look at the cameras, turn, dance, twirl."
There literally were a dozen cameras in front of the stage and even two year olds were confidently coming out on their own. Oh what those cameras can do!
My friend had to be the one to decide and she approached me when I got off stage, "How can I decide, Priscilla?" "It' not fair."
Well, life isn't fair and most kids just loved the attention and if they actually could comprehend not winning-it's a learning lesson:)
Fun event, good food(Sambar and rice cakes and the sweet yellow stuff).
Wow I definitely know my Indian food right?:)
It's always great seeing my Willow friends who I adore. Next time I hope there is less people, less stress, and the mood level down a notch.
Priscilla CL Raj is a Therapist, Missionary, Writer, English Teacher. She is an enthusiast who is passionately purposeful in her life.