Black History Month
On February 1st we begin a month long celebration of the Black History Month. During the month we will spend time focusing on the contributions made by people of African descent to America. As President Gerald R. Ford said in 1976 that the country needed to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” For us here at NCEL we celebrate Black History month because it is an affirmation of human dignity; that we are all created in the image of God (Imago Dei) and in it we see a shining example of God's sovereignty and grace at work. (Rev. 5:9).
One of our cross-cultural core values at NCEL is “to affirm and endorse the assets in our community, especially the gifts and participation of minority cultures.” We want to give God all the glory for what He has done among His people (Ps. 96:3-4). During our worship time we will get to hear testimonies and stories from various people. We will lament dark moments in the history of black people, but also celebrate the brightest moments. My prayer is that through this celebration, we will see God's hand at work reminding us that He's doing something beautiful in the life of His church and in our community. I pray that we will long for that day when we will look back at history, not just of black people but of people from every nation, tribe, and tongue and see that God had a wonderful plan all along, for His glory. In the new heavens and new earth, we will celebrate God`s glory not just for one month but for all eternity!