"Different languages...same heart"

Trip Start Jun 20, 2007
Trip End Jul 04, 2007

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Day 4 (Sunday): "Different languages; same heart"

Sunday started out with church a Dutch breakfast and then what is called the "open air" church. We sat outside on blankets, known as "plates". The service was very similar to our in that they sang, used puppets, and included drama. From what was interpreted to us, the sermon seemed to be about humility and not being proud of oneself. Many of the songs we sang were in Dutch, but were easy to pick up. Others were in English!!

After the service, there was a barbeque. Of course it started with coffee and tea, but continued in serving hot dogs and hamburgers (without buns or any bread), and many salads. A lot of our guys enjoyed introducing American Football to the Dutch. Although they've heard of it, they didn't know how to play. Others enjoyed singing with a small group of praise and worship singers.

After the picnic, we all split up into our separate groups. Dan, Ben Radvany, our host Janette, and I went to Bergen Op Zoom, which is a historical village. We were able to see The Markiezenhof Palace, which was built in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
We also saw a Biblical parade in which the entire Bible was captured in parade floats or people who acted out scenes. And then it was time to go home and eat again! (We eat a lot!)

We went to a more conservative church in the evening. Most of this was in Dutch, although the pastor did give us a short summary of his sermon after he had finished preaching. Following the service we met in a small café room to have more coffee or tea and discuss the cultural differences we had noticed. I think Dan really summed it well when he said that among all the small things we have noticed that are different, what has delighted him has been the amount of similarities that he had found. He said that if you could turn the sound off, it would be hard to tell which kids are Dutch and which are American.
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