“Cultural Day “Fusion”: The World in your Backyard”

There is nothing more fun than a backyard feast with friends and family on a hot sunny summer afternoon. And because the Church body of Calvary Cathedral of Praise located in the heart of Brooklyn NY is filled with people from different cultures, they celebrate diverse nationalities by means of “Cultural Day “Fusion”: The World in your Backyard“. It was literally in the backyard on August 1, 2015, with the Kensington Community and the surrounding areas, Partnering Organizations, and the 500- 700 people in attendance each year. Between the jerk chicken from Jamaica and the Oil down from Grenada and all the other countries, they literally had “the world” in their backyard. I was bombarded with so much love and fun festivities.

The goal of this day is to integrate the community with the varying aspects of cultures by show casing ethnic backgrounds in different customs (food, music, flags, etc) but also ensuring the name of Jesus is proclaimed. The name Cultural Day “Fusion” itself brings this idea to life as Hazel Valentine the director and the youth leader at CCOP stated.

This popular full day fest of activities included a Back to School Drive, Fusion Game Lane, Cultural Food Bazaar and the unforgettably Cultural Coliseum; multiple pop-up shops. We all know food is the first thing most people look for at a festival like this. I wasted no time in doing that. They displayed eclectic foods of each Caribbean island one after the next. To name a few were Trinidad, Tobago, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent, Haiti and that cold memorable homemade ginger drink I had from the Jamaican exhibition area.

CCOP uses different approach to bring the community together so they can enjoy the fun. A wide range of children to senior citizens attended the event literally held in the parking lot of the church, whose mission is “winning souls to Christ”. This multicultural activity included people from Germany, Ghana, and Mexico to name a few under one umbrella to diffuse their cultural.

Some featured musical artists included Marilyn Isaac and Ijeal Joseph who understand the ministry and strive to deliver the word of God through songs to impact the lives of many were present. Minister Ijeal from Grenada ministered a few of his original songs hoped to bless and inspire the hearts and the spirits of the people in attendance he mentioned. It was his fourth year.

Minister Marilyn Isaac; a member of the church for the past 28 years enjoys the fellowship and lifting up the name of Jesus. Through her music, she ministers to attendees and also host one-on-one sit down with individuals who need counseling.

Additionally, there were prayer stations in the surrounding areas where they can reach out to those in need. They gave away free bag of school supplies for the children and youth to bring back to school and off course I received a free tote bag and some food vouchers to get a taste of the different cultures there. I was not disappointed with the coconut rice and peas, baked mac and cheese, topped with the savory stew chicken with side of corn boiled with franks from the Grenada hut.

They also had the street filled with games for everyone to enjoy.
Another incredible thing I enjoyed most from “Cultural Day “Fusion”: The World in your Backyard” was the demonstration of how to make special dishes from various countries. They were exhibited right on the stage, to help the community to be master chef of making healthy homemade chocolate.

The goal to celebrate together was a great success one of the memebers of the church said. I truly enjoyed this festival and learned many things about all the diverse cultures there.

The RCT Talk Show

 

This coming Saturday August 22nd, I will be hosting but more importantly supporting this phenominal young lady Falasha Campbell with the launching of her talk show “Radical Christians Talk Show. It will be held at The Attic Rooftop on 251 W. 48th St, NY, from 5:30 to 9:30pm.

You do not want to miss the opportunity to watch the sneak peak of the RCT show before it airs on your local television. I think I am more excited than she is! Come and meet this amazing lady and some incredible people in NYC! Don’t forget that your girl Portia Asare will be there so you know it will be nothing but fun! See yah

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Pneuma Camp 2015- MSMC, Newburgh New York

The camp that drew me closer to God; I have become a prayer machine”

I believe God can use the youth of this generation more than God using the adults. I say this because of my remarkable experience at Pneuma Camp 2015 hosted by Pneuma Ministries. On July 29, I had the privilege to join this year’s camp; theme “The people that know their God” for 4 days (Wednesday through Saturday) at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh New York. This years camp comprises of 4 major Pentecostal Churches countrywide who came together to enrich the spiritual and prayer lives of the young. It is open to the public.

There were a host of pastors, youth leaders, and a counselor available at all times throughout the day. A typical day at Pneuma camp 2015 includes Morning Devotion, Main Talk – which is more like a regular service, Group Bible Discussions, Counseling, and Intensive Prayer. Let me not forget the endless “buffet style” lunch and dinner, a variety of games and recreations, and an outstanding entertaining talent show never to be compared to the ordinary. These young people are given the chance to exhibit the unique talents God has given them in many ways, such as motivational speaking, dancing, singing… etc.

It was a memorable week of fun productive activities and abundant spirit filled moments, including a vision workshop geared as an entrepreneurship project. For this project, the population was divided into groups to bring their dreams as business owners to fruition by developing business plans including goal settings, marketing, revenues and etcetera for a company randomly chosen. It was later then presented to a panel of judges including myself. In pitching this, they ought to convince us to invest our money in their business. It did not only strike individuals with a foresight in entrepreneurship but to rather give everyone the chance to bring their dreams (whatever it is) to fruition with a simple guideline of asking yourself a list of pertinent questions. It internally motivates you.

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Judges for Vision Workshop

A day begins with Bible Devotion at 7am followed by innumerable lively time with God through praises and worship led by two youth member from each church. Revelator Ben Opoku; the guest speaker, with the unction of God took the multitude of 100 plus to a different elevation each hour spent at Sakac Hall.

I am a member of a prophetic church so praying, fasting, prophecy, and encountering the Holy Spirit during a service is not a shocker but I have never in my entire Christian life after accepting the Lord as my personal savior experienced such. No words can describe exactly what was going on. Saying that the Holy Spirit was hovering around touching almost EVERY single soul is an understatement.

There is a difference between “knowing about the power of God” and “experiencing the POWER of God”. Pneuma Camp gave me the chance to genuinely experience the God that I know to do exploits. From my stay there, I know my God much better because I am blessed, I am chosen, I am predestined, and I am accepted.

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– Revelator Ben Opoku (Guest Speaker)

Pneuma Camp is a manifestation of how God can use His children no matter your story. The lives of these young people are transformed through the teaching of the word of God and intensive prayer.

I can never forget that midnight hour prayer in that frozen cold break-room. There, was when I felt the FIRE of GOD. It took me by surprise to see everyone including that 10-year-old girl, who stood across from me speaking in tongues, clapping her hands and sweating like a woman in labor ready to deliver her blessings in her hand. There I realized there was no time to scrutinize but to allow God to use you in a way like never before.

I vividly remember the windows completely fogged up as an illustration of the power of His spirit. I returned to church the following Sunday immediately grabbing the microphone when pastor called for the prayer team. “No one had to tell me what to do as a child of the most high”. I have become “a prayer machine” thanks to Pneuma Camp.

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– Destiny Hour

My views before going to the camp have definitely changed for the best. It still marvels me to see over 100 youths and young adults on fire for Christ, who are prayer warriors and changing destinies because they know the works of the spirit. I honestly came back home renewed, restored, refreshed with a new oil and feeling blessed off course.

Pneuma Camp 2015 was everything I needed and more and for that reason, I will not miss it for anything next year and the remaining years. Make sure you join me! #PneumaCamp