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Clarkston

 

Twice a year, members of Clarkston International Bible Church come together for one large worship celebration. CIBC, located in a heavily multi-ethnic area of DeKalb County, serves as home to Ethiopian, French African, Liberian, Sudanese, Nepali, and two Burmese congregations. Those groups joined March 28 for a joint service in its Family Life Center in Clarkston. More information can be found at www.cibc-sbc.org.

 

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The colorful native attire of the ethnic congregations looked like a collision of sunsets and rainbows.

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The Burmese Karen choir sang for the joint worship celebration at Clarkston International Bible Church.

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Myra Kitchens directs the Kids Zone and the children’s choir at Clarkston International Bible Church.

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Hundreds of worshipers representing seven different congregations gathered for a day of worship and celebration at CIBC.

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Pastor Phil Kitchens, accompanies the choir with his guitar and addresses the combined congregations at the worship celebration.

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A Liberian couple arrive for the joint worship celebration. She is brightly attired in a dress typical of her native land.

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Children were in abundant supply on this momentous occasion. They, too, were decked out in a splendid array.

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The Sudanese girl in the foreground represented her homeland in burgundy.

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Bernice Borifacio, left, and Sreya Dhinoja, right, enhance the worship celebration with a feature that transformed colorful cloth into a cross.

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These two men from the Karen Burmese Fellowship represent a congregation of 200 men, women, and children.

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Left to right, Jessica Buenaflor, August Garcia, Jeanette Kajinga, and Francis Castro serve as the praise team for the CIBC congregation.

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Left to right, Lengar Asra, pastor of French African International Church; Michael Magar, pastor of Atlanta Nepali, Christian Church, Phil Kitchens, pastor of Clarkston International Bible Church; Peter Nehsahn, pastor of Liberian Church, Gorashi Gangi, pastor of Sudanese Christian Missionary Church, and Kwew Htoo Khu, pastor of Burmese Karen Christian Fellowship, lead the ministries housed at CIBC.