Three Angels Church was honored to host the president of the Southern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Bob Folkenberg, Jr., (center) who enjoyed the feast with Muslim presenter, Nick (right).
Three Angels Seventh-day Adventist Church in Newington, CT is building community--one meal at a time--with a group of Turkish Muslim families. Most recently, the two groups gathered at the church to share a feast as the Adventists reflected on Jesus’ death and resurrection and the Muslims celebrated Ramadan. Before eating, Pastor Tom Dombrowski presented the gospel, explaining from the Bible why Jesus Christ died on a cross. Nick, the Muslim presenter, explained the practices of Ramadan, a month-long time of fasting, spiritual reflection, and renewal for Muslims.
Their relationship began with a shared meal during Ramadan in 2022. Since then, the two groups have shared a picnic lunch at a park, Thanksgiving dinner, and a Christmas dinner. Three Angels church also invited their Muslim neighbors to a Wednesday night prayer meeting following the news of the devastating earthquake in Turkey and northern Syria. When the Muslims invited the church to help gather relief supplies, Pastor Tom notified Southern New England Conference’s community service director, Frankie Vasquez, who helped mobilize community service departments in churches throughout our territory.
Personal friendships between the two groups are beginning to flourish. Church members have exchanged phone numbers with their new Muslim friends to share photos of these events, prayer requests for teenage children, and other common interests. Three Angels church is always seeking new ways to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, who mingled with all people, showed them sympathy, and desired their good.
Beautiful feast and fellowship! Both Adventists and Muslims worked together to create the festive decorations.
The Muslim group provided most of the feast, a delectable abundance of Turkish foods, made vegetarian especially for their Adventist friends.