Vienna, W.Va.—In May 2018, eight members of A Cappella Singers traveled to Romania, along with their director, Laura Hamm, and Dr. Michael Moss and his wife Virginia. The group visited ten cities across Romania. Accompanied by Albert Cook, missionary to the church in Bucharest, the chorus performed for standing-room-only crowds in churches in five cities: Pitesti, Sibiu, Oradea, Cluj, and Bucharest. Those churches experienced great outreach opportunities as a result provided the opportunity for Dr. Moss to preach in two of the congregations and visit with workers in all of them.
OVU students Stefanie Brosey, Sam and Haley Driver, Jocee Janicki, Katherine Rittenhouse, Lucila Rodriguez, Astraya Romine, and Catherine Sellers experienced opportunities to share their faith through song and personal interactions which left lasting impressions. Astraya Romine, class of 2020, shares her all-time favorite moment of the trip following the concert in Pitesti:
We walked to a park in the center of the town where the fountain lit up in beautiful colors, and we sang hymns with some of the people of their congregation. I literally had goosebumps and tears. We didn’t have to go around talking about Jesus to every person, but all we did was sing His name and people were witnessing Jesus. It really put it into perspective for me.
Catherine Sellers, class of 2020, expressed her renewed appreciation of the natural beauty of God’s creation as well as the importance of remaining open-minded about the value of short-term missions in foreign countries. She offers this advice to others who may undervalue their abilities to serve: “You can impact others in a variety of ways. I would never have thought I could use my talent of singing to help spread His Kingdom. So just be open to your talents and the circumstances God gives you.”
Worshiping with others whose culture and history vary from theirs, observing ancient castles and fortresses and absorbing the tales they tell will doubtlessly leave lasting impressions on these students. Most importantly, though, they witnessed the way God can use their voices to advance His message of love and inclusion.
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