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Flavors of Durban to Sweeten Baptist World Congress in South Africa

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Flavors of Durban to Sweeten Baptist World Congress in South AfricaParticipants in this year’s Baptist World Congress (#BaptistCongress15) in Durban, South Africa, will have access to extensive dining facilities that will be available at the congress venue.  Studio 54, a South African event management company, will establish and operate a food court during the week of meetings.

The food court, dubbed “Flavors of Durban,” will include serving areas that provide food native to South Africa, as well as menus from Durban’s large East Indian population and other immigrant populations from Europe.  The bulk of the meals will be prepared by restaurants, chefs and caterers from Durban.

A staff of 68 persons will be on hand to assist congress participants to choose and purchase their preferred meal.

“Studio 54 hopes to create a local festival supported by locals allowing growth opportunities to local chefs and caterers,” the company stated.

A pre-event launch For Flavors of Durban with invited media and celebrities will be coordinated by Studio 54.

The Baptist World Congress, normally held every five years, is the largest international gathering of Baptist Christians. Several thousand participants from some 100 countries are expected in Durban. The July 22-26, 2015, meetings are the first to be held in Africa.

Keynote speakers are Peter Chin from South Korea, Donald Ndichafah from Cameroon, Dimitrina Oprenova from Bulgaria, Anthony Carroll from the Bahamas, Luiz Soares Silvado from Brazil and Joel Gregory from the United States.

Highlights will include the installation of Paul Msiza of South Africa as BWA president, the second African to be elected to the position; the presentation of the Congress Human Rights Award; and the launch of various new initiatives for 2015-2020.

Daily activities include worship, Bible study and group discussions that explore core theological matters related to Christian worship, mission, evangelism, spiritual enrichment and other ecclesial topics.

Global issues related to the environment and various justice concerns such as peacemaking, migrants and poverty, among others, will be examined.

Information on the congress is available on the BWA website at

Flavors of Durban to Sweeten Baptist World Congress in South Africa

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© February 12, 2015

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