Presented by Abel Rios
Robert Benjamin is the Director of International Student Services & Programs at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. To describe the diversity of Andrews University and the Seventh-day Adventist church he wrote an article entitled, “We Are Like a Fruit Salad.” Below is why he choose that title:
I like the analogy a friend once shared In describing and defining our position as a culturally diversified university. She likened it to a “fruit salad,” where a variety of fruits are mixed together, the end resulting in a product that is colorful, nutritious, and desirable for consumption. The same can be said for our international [church] community— a place of rich, cultural diversity, where all can benefit from one another and live in harmony. In conclusion, I invite you to be an agent and contribute to our proverbial “fruit salad” with your own cultural heritage. Your experiences are equally rich and valuable to our students. Extending your stories and listening to theirs is what will help grow our students and cultivate our fruit salad experience.
This description could also be used to describe the Lubbock Seventh-day Adventist Church. Today, our theme is “International Sabbath” and we are blessed to celebrate the rich diversity that resides inside our church walls. In reality, we are acknowledging how God has brought together people from around the world to our fellowship.