- International Afro Service

International Afro Service

(idea/rf) - This year at the Afro Pfingsten music festival, an evangelical service took place within the framework of the event. The Swiss Evangelical Alliance and the Afro Gospel Association worked together with 20 regional churches to carry out the event, that thoroughly delighted 2000 visitors.

Every year, around 75,000 people flock to Winterthur for Switzerland's greatest multicultural festival. Many free concerts took place from May 19 to 24, as well as concerts by well-known groups, for example by three descendants of the Reggae icon Bob Marley. Afro Pfingsten also means workshops, exhibitions, camel riding, collecting bicycles for Africa, an African market, lots of African food and much more. The organizers' goal is to give a voice to the multifaceted continent and provide a place of encounter and tolerance.

It was rather surprising for the Afro Gospel Association to be asked to organize a service, although it was logical in a way, given the events that happened at the original Pentecost. Afro Gospel got everything going. Within a short time, the Evangelical Alliance of the Winterthur region became partners for the organization, according to board member Johannes Müller. A total of 20 Swiss and international churches participated. 

Worship and Gospel

After the Afro Gospel Praise Concert that took place at the Church square on Saturday, the One-Voice Choir & Band with singers and musicians from ­Nigeria und Ghana rocked the house on Sunday morning in Hall 53. Their solos and choir numbers also thrilled the many non-churchgoers. The service also included a parent-child-zone, an Afro-Kids-Special, testimonies and short sermons. Gary from Eritrea told of his flight via Libya to Italy, because he had wanted to earn good money in Europe to send back to his family to support them. "We were 26 people on a little boat. During the crossing, such a strong storm came up that the captains had no chance. I prayed to God and promised him that I would devote my entire life to him if I survived." He did survive, but didn't keep his promise, became homeless and went bankrupt. "In Rome I heard an evangelist and turned to God; friends came into my life, and now Jesus is my living hope!"

In their brief sermons, Johannes Wirth (GvC Winterthur) and Pastor Jonathan Botchway (Path of Life, Zurich) expressed their conviction that the effect of the Holy Spirit poured out at Pentecost according to the Bible remains unbroken still today.

Concert of the Gossau Gospel Choir

After the colorful service, the Gossau Gospel Choir played a concert together with Malcolm Green in Hall 53. Those who stayed thoroughly enjoyed the powerful music that wants to touch hearts with the good news of the Gospel.

Quelle: Idea Spektrum, Afro Gospel trifft auf Afro Pfingsten

Fotos: Beat Ungricht

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