Washington Adventist University (WAU) Black Student Union Gospel Choir is the latest group to travel overseas on a mission to promote the University and expose others to its special mission as a faith-based institution.
The group of 24 students and three sponsors travelled to the West Indies from January 7 to 14 at the invitation the East Caribbean Conference Youth Ministries Director, Dayle Haynes.
Joan A. Francis, Ph.D., chair of History and Political Studies; Desiree Dixon, admissions counselor; and Jean Innocent, assistant dean of men were the sponsors.
In his letter of invitation, Haynes said he believed Adventist Education is a pillar in preparing young people to “serve and make their calling an election sure.” That, and the opportunities that Washington Adventist University had to offer, motivated him to invite the group to Barbados.
“Two of your students, Asara and Annabel Greaves, attended and spoke highly of their time at WAU. We would like more of our youth to experience Christ at our sister institution,” Haynes said.
The choir partnered with the East Caribbean Conference to perform at several local academies, including opening assembly at the Barbados SDA Secondary School.
Following the performance, the group answered questions from fifth form students interested in medicine, business, engineering and other areas, and Dr. Francis presented a dozen books to the school library.
“Every experience of worship whether at school or in the church gave us another opportunity to share God with others and move them into a closer relationship with him through song,” said Ramone Griffith, senior theology music major.
On Friday, the group performed at The Indian Ground Church in the North of the Island and thrilled the small congregation, happy to have a choir from Washington Adventist as part of their Vesper Series.
The final concert was on Sunday night at a mid-island church. This hour long concert, as one attendee said, “touched all the emotions and gave us some of everything.”