This is my friend Fanny. She is one of the strongest, most remarkable women I have ever met. A few years ago, she and her husband won the American Lottery (yes, that’s a real thing!) where people are carefully vetted and given the opportunity to move to the US. She had to quickly learn American culture – and learn to drive in lanes! I introduced her to Starbucks, explained lighthouses, and henna. In return, she recently invited me to her family’s African party and taught me about her culture. I learned how dinner was prepared over stones and wood on the ground, and I saw pictures of their king’s compound, where he lived with his 200 wives.

Our native worlds are so far apart, and yet from the minute we met, we were kindred spirits because we are in the same Body of Christ. Though our cultures (worship, social, family… just about everything) are different, we are both part of The Church. It reminds me of I Corinthians 12:12. We are all different; we all bring something different to the table. All are important in the Body of Christ, and it is our diversity that allows the Church to work as God intended.

Heaven’s going to be an amazing lesson in diversity for all of us. It’s ok to get a jump start now on our education! Find someone and learn from them!


We Are the Church


Heather Sorenson entered the church music industry in her twenties, and her name quickly became a welcomed fixture in the publishing world. Heather is hired by the largest and most respected publishers in the world, and her pieces remain at the top of Bestsellers lists and Editor’s Choice selections. Initially recognized for her skill as a pianist, Heather is now known for her compositions in choral anthems, solo piano collections, and orchestrations. Her works are performed regularly at competitions, concerts, recitals, and churches worldwide. Although her career is sometimes on a big stage, Heather’s heart is leading the Church in worship, and she feels that her greatest calling is using her music to connect people with God. In addition to being a full-time composer, Heather regularly is a guest speaker and conductor at churches across America, and leads scores of sessions each year at various worship conferences, schools, and universities.

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