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Dios es fiel: Students host “Celebration of Heritage”

Posted: Oct 29, 2012

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God is faithful. At Olivet that message rings out loud and clear — even in Spanish.

On Monday, October 24, faculty, staff and students attended the first-ever Celebration of Heritage Dinner. Sponsored by the Center for Student Success and Multiethnic Relations Club, the event celebrated the importance of an individual’s story.

"Olivet is home to many people. We want to affirm them and celebrate who they are," Jasper Taylor, multicultural campus coordinator said. "We may look different, we may even speak different languages, but we all have a story."

The celebration coincided with National Hispanic Heritage Month, started by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. After dining on fajitas, rice, chocolo and white tortillas, students shared their stories.

The theme of those stories was evident: God’s faithfulness. Mayra Escoto and Camilo Giraldo were asked to share about how God has worked in their lives. Spencer Cook then spoke on the celebration of Hispanic heritage.

Giraldo, originally from Colombia, summed up his story by saying, “It doesn’t matter how much you turn your back on God, He never turns His back on you.”

At the end of the night, it was clear that no matter where you come from or what language you speak, “Dios es fiel.”

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Number of participants in Olivet's intramurals program, in activities such as volleyball, flag football and table tennis