One of the most memorable communion services I ever took part in occurred in a rural village in northern Thailand, while I was on a short-term mission trip with about 15 other people from the U.S.
The language barrier was quite apparent during the worship service. The singing was in Thai, so we foreigners were limited in our ability to participate. We did recognize the tune of a couple of songs, so we sang along in English.
When it came time for communion, I noticed that the juice looked different. Later I learned that the villagers didn’t have access to grape juice, so they used a substitute–a thick, yellowish concoction that was very sweet.
As we ate the bread and drank the sweet juice, the language barrier didn’t seem so significant. We were all worshiping the same Savior, the crucified and risen Christ.
Revelation 15:4 says, “Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”