The Voorhees College Concert Choir recently performed in the Dominican Republic

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The Voorhees College Concert Choir recently performed in the Dominican Republic

August 01, 2016

During the trip, choir members and the choir director, Dr. Rosemary Griffin, performed during worship services at the Holy Eucharist Historic Cathedral, located in the country’s capital Santa Domingo. They also assisted with Vacation Bible School in the city of Barahona by singing a variety of religious hymns with the youth.

One of the most memorable moments of the trip for the choir members was connecting with the youth through worship and praise. This interaction motivated Voorhees students to continually do community service projects where they are able to help others less fortunate. 

“Seeing children who had so few material possessions demonstrate such inner joy and excitement was a gentle reminder of God’s care and concern for his people,” said Chester McKenzie, a junior sociology major. “Through these wonderful experiences with this trip, I feel obligated to continue helping those in need.”

According to Griffin, the missionary trip was a great opportunity for the choir because they were exposed to a different culture.   

“There were some language barriers we faced, but somehow through the sounds of our music and song, the children connected with us,” Griffin said.

Griffin and the choir members were very appreciative of this opportunity. “We would like to thank All Saints Episcopal Church and the Southern Deanery of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina for granting the privilege of this trip to us.”