International students and others from the International Programs at MUSC joined the Redeemer family last week for our annual chili cook-off and social dance. The chili cook-off gives our Redeemer members a chance to welcome these sojourners from abroad while they’re studying and working in Charleston. Plus we get to show off our chili-making skills!
Our own Ben Lever shares about his experience:
The chili cook off was a great opportunity to meet international students. I hope this presented an opportunity for the students to have a second thought about what was being offered beyond the chili on a chilly night. One never knows how one may influence someone or what their opinion may be of whatever testimony someone offers through friendliness or kindness. We can only try, which our church did in this hospitable meeting. I hope these students get to experience our freedom of worship and may have a very positive takeaway from being in an American, Christian environment.
And, next year, we need to get our chili more competitive….
After chowing down on the 15-plus pots of chili–from vegetarian to meaty, spicy to mild, the tasters voted using the familiar Olympics hierarchy of gold, silver, and bronze. Serving spoons were awarded to the winners, and the dance instruction started. Our senior pastor led the instruction of an uniquely Southern dance, the shag.
Rebeca Mueller, director of International Programs at MUSC, commented, “What a really fun event!” And our own talented photographer Andrew Donnan took beautiful photographs throughout the night that you can easily browse through here.