NEWCASTLE—A choir of 52 junior high and high school students travelled on a week-long trip in May this year to spread the Gospel through music. Dave Watson, music and worship
minister at Newcastle, First, led the musical mission team on the trip to Kansas City, Mo. and Indianapolis, Ind. and said the students exceeded his expectations by their talents and desire to serve others for God’s glory.
“I could share story after story about how God worked in the lives of these students,” Watson said. “I saw students pray with total strangers in malls, pray and cry with a homeless woman on
the streets of Indianapolis, share the Gospel with children and adults (and) love on hurting women, children and senior adults.”
The student choir sang at Kansas City, Mo., Red Bridge, where Pastor Vic Borden was “moved to tears,” Watson said, especially when watching students share their testimonies and present a drama during the singing of MercyMe’s song “Flawless.” Watson also was pleased to see a “good crowd” attend the Sunday evening service at Red Bridge on the Sunday before Memorial Day.
The youth choir spent four days in Indianapolis, working with Brad Nally, a church planter with the North American Mission Board. Along with singing at a nursing home and a women’s shelter, the students were a part of the Arts Garden daily concert series at Circle Center Mall. But most of their time was spent with Pastor Nally and The Good Shepherd Church.
Watson said Good Shepherd, the church plant, is less than two years old and meets in the clubhouse of the Stone Lake Lodge Apartments, a low-income complex in southeast Indianapolis. Nally and his wife, Sky, have chosen to live in the complex and serve the people around them.
“I worked with Brad for several months leading up to this project and always asked him ‘What can we do to serve you and help you reach your community for Christ?’” Watson said.
The choir was involved in prayer walking, providing a children’s music and arts camp and giving a free concert in the complex, offering free pizza to whoever attended and sharing the Gospel with them.
Wendy Landes is volunteer choir director at Newcastle, First and helped lead the music and arts camp, which registered nearly 70 children. Nally said the camp attracted more children than any other previous event he helped organize.
The choir gave reports and a performance at Newcastle, First after returning from the mission trip. The choir program of the evening service can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/220819693.