Foreign exchange student “speaking in tongues” kicked out of chapel at Southern

Ella Danci says she is still confused about what happened...
Ella Danci says she is still confused about what happened…
COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. — A school-wide chapel service was disrupted today at Southern Adventist University when a team of Campus Safety officers stormed the stage of Collegedale Church to remove a visiting Romanian exchange student less than a minute after she took to the stage.

All kidding aside, click to learn more about Union College

Eyewitnesses testified that 19-year-old Ella Danci had walked from her front pew seat to the closest microphone on stage as the praise team was concluding its final song. Leaving the microphone on its stand, Danci had raised her hands and begun speaking in what Chaplain Chuck Roberts described as “suspicious, unintelligible babble.”

Roberts said that he immediately asked campus safety officers to remove Danci as “there was a good chance she was speaking in tongues.” A bewildered-looking Danci was quickly escorted off stage before Chaplain Roberts apologized for “the mix-up” and proceeded to introduce visiting anthropologist, Lydia Lovgren who had come to speak about cultural sensitivity.

Tell the World: The Inspiring Story of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Upon further inquiry immediately after the chapel, Roberts sent out a campus-wide email apologizing for the removal of Danci. “We had no idea that Ella had been asked to say opening prayer in her native tongue. She was removed out of vigilant guarding against charismatic influences on our services. You can never be too careful.”


8 Comments

  1. Glen

    This story is so awesomely ludicrous, I almost wish it was true. However, I now wonder how often it has occurred that praying in a foreign language got mistaken for speaking in tongues in our church, or any church for that matter…

  2. 2 Kings 2:23-25

    “Then Elisha went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!” 24 When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two lads of their number. 25 And he went from there to Mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria.”

    2 Chronicles 36:16

    “…But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *