We were met with smiling faces and by Pastor Jaakko who initiated this event. Abdullah Dalkılıç offered the presentation and SKY member Munevver and Merve prepared traditional Turkish coffee and lokum for the church community, with the hope of starting good relations. We have tasted the delicious cream cake offered by the congregation.
The program ended with “Tesekkurler” [thanks in Turkish], which congregation members had learned to please us.
Following the end of the program, we talked to Pastor Jaakko about Anatolian Folklore dances. We were both surprised and happy that he had a special interest and knew the figures as much as we did. While the subject was about the dance, we ended the day with Pastor Jaakko and Mehmet’s dance together, sending the message of compassion and harmony in this time of heightened polarization.