Local Youth Prepare For Mexico Mission With Rockin’ Show
Story and Photos by Michael Brunk
On Friday, May 22nd the beautiful spring evening was filled with the sounds of rock and roll reverberating from the doors and windows of Normandy Christian Church at 908 South 200th Street.
The cause of all the ruckus?
A benefit concert for the youth group to raise funds for their annual summer trip to Mexico. There they will join with up to 300 other volunteer workers to build houses and a church, and run a vacation bible school and vision clinic.
Sixteen teens and adults are going this year. Their numbers are down from past years due to concerns about H1N1 and rising drug violence. The sponsoring organization â€“ Amor Ministries â€“ has taken precautions in both cases. Associate Minister Kyle Moffitt â€“ who will be leading the trip â€“ acknowledged the risks but said â€œas long as the border is open, weâ€™ll keep going.â€
The cost for each participant on the trip is $800, half of which they pay and half which is raised through various fund raising efforts such as the benefit concert. Those funds will cover the entire cost of their stay in Mexico from June 19th to June 27th.
The concert opened with the classic rock styling of Flip Side, slowed down a bit with a short acoustic guitar set by Andrew Bailey and a presentation on the purpose of the benefit concert, and then thundered to a grand finale with the hard-rocking Aaron Jones Band. Professional quality sound production was provided by RoyLSounds.
Here’s a slideshow of photos from the show:
It will take more hard work from the youth group to raise the funds theyâ€™ll need for their trip. Though this concert surely helped them get closer to their financial goal. And they and their guests got to enjoy top notch music on the way.