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Guitar choir performs on Germany mission trip

January 1, 2011 : Liberty University News Service

A guitar choir and professors from the Center for Worship join workers from the Bible Missions, most of whom are Russian.

A guitar ensemble from Liberty University travelled to Germany earlier this month to raise money for orphanages in Moldova and Siberia. The team of 10 students and four faculty members presented 14 concerts in 11 days.

The group worked with Bible Missions International in Niedenburg, Germany. They sang and played as part of a street ministry and performed in at least two secular conservatories of music.

“We traveled to all parts of Germany … and, mostly in 2 feet of snow," said Dr. Vernon Whaley, director of Liberty’s Center for Worship. “Many had never seen a guitar choir before. They were amazed as the students and teachers showed their skill as musicians and masters of their instruments.”

Joining Whaley were three professors from the Center for Worship: Leon Neto, director of the guitar choir, Dr. Michael Brennan and Dr. Armenio Suzano.

Whaley said the short-term mission trip was a blessing.

“One of the most defining moments was when we all began realizing that what we were doing was actually making a difference in the life of people for eternity.”