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Chinese New Year Dinner dedicated to prayer

On Thursday, Jan. 30, ORU’s Chinese Arts and Culture Society held its annual Chinese New Years Dinner. Although the dinner is meant to be a celebration, its facilitators dedicated this year’s dinner to prayer in light of China’s coronavirus outbreak.

Attendees included Chinese class students, alumni and honored guests. They enjoyed a variety of Chinese dishes, including chicken stir-fried noodles, fried pork and vegetable dumplings, teriyaki chicken stir fry, fried rice and tofu.

The night consisted of dinner and socializing, followed by worship in the Chinese language, testimonies, speakers, prayer, music performances and giveaways. Speakers and musicians included ORU students and two alumni. Dr. Wonsuk Ma, dean of the College of Theology, led the group in its special prayer for China. 

Qiong yao Xiao (aka Jane), a first-semester elementary education major, was one of the students to share a testimony. She is the first Christian in her family.

“Everyday I experience miracles,” Xiao said. “Teachers encourage me, and the students helped me in many aspects.”