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Koinonia and The Campanas Bring the Heat to Texas »
The road was filled with endless conversations as the Koinonia Touring Choir and the The Campanas Handbells Ensemble traveled to Texas, a twelve-hour ride marking the beginning of an unforgettable event. The first day was spent performing for Abilene Adventist Junior Academy. Although it was a small crowd of five students, it didn’t stop them from producing some big applause. Mr. Yves Clouzet allowed the young students to try out the handbells before the musicians moved on to South Austin Church, the home church of Logan Vega, a senior member of Koinonia, where the students delivered a full performance.
Following a full night's rest, the students were up and running, ready for a fun day at Six Flags and Riverwalk. “When I rode the boat to tour the river, I was amazed with the beautiful plant life everywhere,” explained freshman Shelby Waller who plays in The Campanas.
The next day, musicians set up for another performance which took place at the Hays Nursing Center. Koinonia lifted up their music folders and sang from the bottom of their hearts and The Campanas overflowed the room with a moving melody. The senior citizens were touched and some teared up as they listened to the music. “We went there thinking it was just another concert, but in the end, we realized it was more than just playing bells,” said sophomore Dominick Maldonado, “it was us sharing the love of God through music.” It was a beautiful way to begin God’s Sabbath that Friday evening.
The musicians performed for the San Marcos Church on Sabbath, taking over the entire service with a variety of songs. Students Austin Rotinsulu and Ashley Halvorson participated in the service by leading the scripture reading and prayer.
Southwestern Adventist University and the nursing department were part of the tour and Koinonia was asked to do an impromptu performance for the SWAU students, who then asked the Campion students to stay by and watch the Acrofest performances in the gym, an exciting event which demonstrated their passion.
Obed Barrera, a Koinonia member reflected on the tour experience, “It was fun performing in front of little children and older teens. It was nice to see their smiles! I hope that our tour inspired people to come share God through music.”
-- Christian Marin; photos supplied