Lubbock Christian chorus sings for the blind in Ukraine
The chorus from Lubbock Christian University in Texas, conducted by Philip Camp, recently completed its third concert tour in the eastern European nation of Ukraine recently. The chorus coordinates its tours with Eastern European Mission. (See our blog post about EEM’s 50th anniversary this year.)
The tours are designed to encourage European churches and support possibilities for EEM’s Bible distribution programs in new areas, Camp said. Chorus members from past tours have returned to Ukraine to work in EEM’s summer youth camps. Caleb and Kendra Harrelson, former LCU choir students, now serve as full-time missionaries in Kolentsi, Ukraine.
The chorus performed in Poltava, Ukraine, where EEM has received a request from the region’s ministry of education to distribute Bibles in its public schools. “Chorus activities were designed to promote EEM’s desire and ability to answer the request and firmly connect the distribution with Churches of Christ.” Camp said.
The chorus also performed in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, and was hosted by members of three Churches of Christ — Shevchenko, Vinograder and Obolon. While in Kiev, the students visited a school that serves 149 visually impaired children, ages 6 to 19. Kiev church members hope to do outreach at the school, said Jim Noyes, a missionary who works with the Vinograder church. (See our 2008 Dialogue with Noyes’ wife, Marina.)
“The choir was a great boost in this beginning relationship with the school,” Noyes said. “Traffic slowed the arrival of the choir bus, but the choir walked in and, within five minutes, Dr. Phillip Camp had them organized and ready to sing. … The quality of the performances was outstanding.”
The chorus performed a public concert that night in the school’s auditorium. Members of six Churches of Christ in Kiev attended, as did many non-members, Noyes said. Bartosz Rybinski, EEM’s vice president for European operations, provided free Bibles and literature at the concert. Four of the school’s blind students asked for Bibles in Braille.
(The Vinograder church has raised funds to print Bible stories from the Old and New testaments in Braille and hopes to have them ready by September, Noyes said. To help support the effort, contact the College Hill Church of Christ in North Richland Hills, Texas.)
Before heading home, the Lubbock chorus stopped in Athens, Greece, for programs coordinated by missionary Dino Roussos. The chorus sang for a Romanian church with an attendance of about 600, for the Omonia Church of Christ and for the Glyfada Church of Christ, Camp said.
“On their final day, they sang their program focused on Christ for about 300 refugees of mostly Muslims from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Afghanistan and many other places,” Camp said. “The chorus was well-accepted and the refugees expressed appreciation.”
FeedbackIt is great that our young adults can do this. The churches in Kyiv (where we worked as missionaries for 11 years) and Athens (where we have visited) not only need this as outreach but also to uplift the Christians there. Thanks to all the Christian universities.Paula walkerJune, 7 2011Words can not express how much of a blessing it was to see the results of our efforts throughout the entire school year. Not only was it amazing to see the smiles and tears as we sang songs of the Fathers’s love for His people, but the following fellowship was thoroughly uplifting, despite the language barrier. I hope that we are not remembered for our efforts, but that the Lord is continually recognized as the reason and power behind it all. God, I pray for Ukraine and for its people. Be with them. Show them your love. AmenChoir StudentJune, 8 2011These students are to be commended for giving of their knowledge and talent to others. Does the college have cd’s of these performances for sale?Jeanne K. BriscoeJune, 9 2011How wonderful to read and see this performance and we praise God for His grace and wonder among these young people and in the hearts of our beloved Ukrainians. We lived in Kiev for 4.5 years and returned several times. The Ukrainians won our hearts forever.
Fred & Sharon SelbySharon SelbyJune, 10 2011we will sing a good song in heaven.samuelJune, 11 2011Jeanne,
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Other contact information can be found on the school’s homepage, lcu.eduRyJune, 19 2011