The last day of The Global Faith Forum proved to be a memorable day. One that I will not forget for a long time. The first keynote of the day, which was also the last of the conference started off in a creative way. We created an interactive video that resembled the game of Simon. You know, the game that shows you a color sequence, and you then recite the color sequence? We gave everyone in the audience glow sticks to raise when their color showed on screen (apparently Prince Turki liked his glow stick as he held his glow stick through the entire keynote). We recorded it, and I will post it later. It was a lot of fun and a great way to break the ice. Then Bob brought up Mara Vanderslice (White House Delegate, a Christian), His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal (Prince of Saudi Arabia, a Muslim), and His Excellency Le Cong Phung (Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States, a Communist). As you can tell by the pictures, a good time was had by all.
If you remember from my last post, on day two, HRH Prince Turki wore his traditional garments. However, on day three, HRH Prince Turki wore a suit and even brought a cowboy hat! His first words were “Howdy!” I had a chance to meet him after the keynote session was over, and I don’t think I’ve ever met such a humble man with the amount of humor Prince Turki had. It was truly a delight to meet him.
Back on opening night of the conference, Sirin Hamsho (A Muslim) sang a portion of the Qur’an. We were all blessed by her singing ability, and then her contributions to the panel that night. I bring that up again to say that I had opportunity to talk with her after the session. She brought up the fact that she was into TV and media. We talked about that for a bit with her and her husband. They were both incredible people, and I can’t wait to talk with them again.