(WBRE/ WYOU)- In celebration of black history month, two churches in the Poconos teamed up to bring people together the best way they know how.
“Nothing does it like food,” Pastor Leanon trawick, Full Gospel Holiness Church of God in Christ said.
Pastor Leanon Trawick of Full Gospel Holiness Church of God in Christ teamed up with Mount Pocono United Methodist Church to reach people hearts through their stomachs.
“More exposure to other cultures will help us to appreciate one another even as human beings,” Pastor Trawick said.
This event featured foods from the southern U.S., Central America and the Caribbean, all to celebrate cultures that are thriving in the Poconos.
“The food was really really good,” Jeremiah Clark, attended the event said.
Attendees say showing kids different cultures at a young age is the best way to break down cultural boundaries.
“Exposing the children more and they grow up with it, the better it will be,” Catherine Morgan, a member of Mount Pocono United Methodist Church said.
“It’s really nice to try different flavors, different types of food,” Robert Lansdowne, Mount Pocono United Methodist Church said.
Pastor Trawick says this month is a time for learning. He and Pastor Kofi Ashley at Mount Pocono United Methodist Church agree this lesson came from the foods they were able to enjoy.
“When people learn about each other and get closer to each other by way of interaction and through food, we just…break barriers and we are able to make the world a better place,” Pastor Ashley said.
“It just brings everyone together. And you have to talk to somebody so it is a nice way to break into it,” Landsdowne said.
pastor Trawick says he wants to see even more integration between people of different cultural backgrounds.
“It’s normally one culture or the other. But never together and that’s what needs to happen even up here,” Pastor Trawick said.
He says that when you get that exposure you start to realize people of different backgrounds aren’t so different after all.
Pastor Trawick says this county has made progress since Martin Luther King’s era but there needs to be more events like this no just during Black History Month in order to continue to move forward.
The Full Gospel Holiness Church of God in Christ plans to have more events coming up to celebrate Black History Month.