Choir soaks up hospitality

8/3/2009

The energy level in Mississippi dropped July 25 when the Hope for Africa Children’s choir left the state for Kansas.

The high-energy choir, which took part in worship at Annual Conference in June, returned to Mississippi for 12 days on July 13. The choir visited all across the state and sang in eight churches. Some of those concerts were collaborative efforts among several United Methodist churches.

In addition to singing in praise to God, the children were given time to see the sights around Mississippi. However, time was set aside also for school work.

The choir is part of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Ministry of the United Methodist Church. The ministry was initiated to address the challenges facing the East Africa Annual conference. War, poverty and disease have been problems in the five countries that comprise the East Africa Episcopal Area for decades. These factors have left millions dead resulting into growing numbers of orphans and widows. Thus a number of households are in the hands of either the aged or children. All these events have greatly impacted on the social, political and economic prosperity of these countries.

One of the stops on the choir’s Mississippi tour was Crystal Springs where they enjoyed a lunch of hot dogs and watermelon. The Rev. Arthur Lewis served as their host for the day.