Every Tribe, Tongue, and Nation: DBU Celebrates International Week

Students singing on Chapel stage

Each year on University Hill, the DBU family hosts "International Week," a week-long celebration of all the different cultures represented on campus from nearly 500 students spanning across 60 different countries. One of the many memorable and interactive events during this week is the Wednesday International Chapel service.

During the Wednesday chapel service, students from many different cultures led the student body in worship. Wonderfully reflecting Revelation 7:9, different students who led worship sang in their native tongue. During the traditional scripture reading following worship, students read John 5:19-20 in Hindi, Spanish, Korean, French, Portuguese, Chinese and English. It was a beautiful moment for the entire student body.

The chapel speaker Wednesday was Dr. Han Oh. He currently serves as the Great Hall Worship Pastor at Park Cities Baptist Church and is also an accomplished singer/songwriter. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Emory University, Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary and a Ph.D in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University.

Dr. Oh spoke on followership, which highlighted the transformational nature of leadership. "Becoming a better leader is a lifelong journey," said Dr. Oh. "Cultivating followership will make you a better leader."

He encouraged the student body to allow the Lord to transform them through followership. Referencing Ephesians 5:1-2, Dr. Oh reminded the student body to use the gift of leadership to point others to God and to take extended time to sit at the feet of Jesus and be led by him.

Wednesday's International Chapel service served as a moment of rejoicing that God calls people from every different culture. We rejoice in the gift of community that God has given us as a student body here at DBU and look forward to the day in which every tribe, tongue and nation will stand before the Lamb of God.

Written by Brooks Anthony

Brooks Anthony writes for the University Communications Department at Dallas Baptist University.