HAVE IT ALL
We’re off! As I write this, it is Monday morning, and the FBCTLH Youth Choir of is off for a week of serving and sightseeing in Philadelphia. We are so grateful to God for allowing us an opportunity to sing and proclaim His Name to everyone we encounter. We are so happy to love on, hug, and encourage the people we encounter at each of the concert venues.
The theme of this year’s tour is HAVE IT ALL. When you have Jesus in your life, you have everything you could ever need. The tour theme is based off of Hebrews 13:5–6. Keep your life free from the love of money and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. So, we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can man to do me?” Isn’t God so good as he encourages us by reminding that He is always with us?
So, what does a day on the trip look like?
- In the morning, we have a devotional time together on the bus to prepare our hearts for the day ahead of ministry.
- We sing ministry concerts to proclaim the goodness of the Lord through sacred songs, dramas, and movement choir. It is our hope that people will hear about how wonderful God is and that our hope is in Him.
- Youth are given responsibilities and duties to use their gifts to serve each other and carry out the mission of the trip. These teenagers take on the responsibility of loading luggage, meeting and greeting concert hosts, setting up risers and a keyboard, passing out the Gospel of John and scripture bookmarks at the end of concerts, collecting bus tips, wake-up calls, making sure curfew is observed and making sure we leave no man behind by counting off on a regular basis. They do not sit back and let the adults take care of everything. They are leading and serving well.
- As we travel, we take the time to send notes of encouragement to each other, called Sonshine mail. It is a wonderful practice of building each other up and not tearing each other down.
- At the end of the day, the adult leaders meet with small groups of our teenagers and study God’s Word together. These Bible studies each expand on our theme and help the youth connect Scripture with their everyday lives.
Thank you so much to all of you who supported this effort through filling change jars, coming to Dessert Theatre and the Silent Auction, and for giving scholarships to support many of our youth. We could not do it without you!
I hope to see each one of you this Sunday night for the Home Concert at 6:00PM in the Sanctuary. You will be able to experience the full program of music and drama that we have shared throughout the week.
In the meantime, remember that Jesus has told us that He will never leave us or forsake us. So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
To God be the Glory,