On Tuesday evening, the UnitedLife women and their friends got together for an ‘International Evening’ social event. Women each brought a dish that represents their culture or heritage, and some also wore their national dress (an England rugby shirt was all I could manage!). We had such a great turn out (58!), with many of the UnitedLife women bringing friends and family.
The breadth of the cultural diversity meant we had an amazing tasting menu! Jamaican patties, French Cheese, Aussie Emu pies & kangaroo meatballs, Indian Pakora, Chinese roast duck, Welsh lamb crawl, German potato salad, Malaysian chicken, British quiche and many more savoury dishes. Then for pudding we indulged in South African malva pudding, Scottish shortbread, Malaysian Pulut Hitam (warm black rice pudding) British Victoria sponge and scones, Australian lamingtons… hungry yet?
With full tummies, we retired to the lounge to listen to Dooshima Ikpaahindi share about her experience moving from Nigeria to the UK, first to Scotland and then to England. She told us how her faith in God has been her foundation and how being separated from her family helped her to realise that God is her father too and that He is always with her. She also had everyone giggling as she explained some of the cultural differences between Nigeria and the UK, including the British inability to say what they mean and Nigerian dating etiquette (yes men, in Nigeria the guy always pays!).
The UnitedLife women’s social events provide such a good opportunity for women of all ages to hang out together. I always meet new people and enjoy catching up with friends who I may only see briefly on a Sunday morning.
I also love that UnitedLife women invite their friends and family to our socials and it’s so nice to hear how much people enjoy them! As well as making new friends, it provides us the opportunity to share about our faith and our church, and we hope that all who come along to our social events leave feeling welcomed, valued and loved.