YOUTH CHOIR TOUR – First Baptist Church of Tallahassee

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    YOUTH CHOIR TOUR

    As many of you realize, this yr’s youth choir journey was particularly troublesome to plan. Josh and I met many occasions to determine the right way to make this journey occur as we navigated via the challenges of 2020. After a number of changes to the plan and maintaining a watch on the Covid knowledge, we typically puzzled if we should always preserve pushing via or simply cancel the journey.

    As of July 1, we solely had one one who was prepared to permit this group to come back and serve. Tom Marler, a retired youth pastor in Fort Walton Seaside and pal to Shane Monroe and Aundrea Scott, had work for us to do. Josh and I have been so excited that we may proceed with the journey! The week earlier than the journey, I used to be in fixed communication with Tom, gathering particulars, deciding the right way to divide the group, and hoping we had sufficient tasks to maintain everybody busy and feeling productive. I additionally requested our chaperones to analysis just a few additional tasks, simply in case. Patti Tidwell was in a position to make use of her connections with FBC Panama Metropolis to safe two tasks for the Tuesday morning of the journey. Kendra Corridor reached out to the Salvation Military of Fort Walton Seaside to see in the event that they wanted assist, however our time slots stuffed up rapidly with FBCPB and Tom Marler. We have been lastly set.

    The day earlier than we depart on a visit is all the time a whirlwind. I went to the workplace, put collectively a tour booklet for the youth, and made positive we had every part we would have liked for the journey. I used to be so relieved to lastly have a plan in place. I actually love a plan! I left the workplace round 3:00, ran just a few errands, and headed dwelling to get packed for the journey. At 6:30 PM, I obtained a cellphone name from Tom Marler. Sadly, he was going to need to cancel all of the tasks we had deliberate for Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. Tom felt so badly about it, however his spouse had considerations in regards to the virus and Tom being round a gaggle of youngsters. Tom was so very upset, however I instructed him to not fret, we’d be okay. As I used to be saying these phrases, I actually had NO IDEA the way it was all going to work out, however God already knew. He had been working all alongside, listening to the prayers of a trustworthy couple who wanted assist.

    After ending my cellphone name with Tom, I instantly referred to as Kendra and requested her to succeed in out to the Salvation Military once more to see if they may work us in for Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. They stated sure! Three weeks earlier, Lieutenants James and Abby Milner had arrived in Fort Walton Seaside for his or her very first project after finishing their coaching from the Salvation Military. Within the midst of all of their different ministry duties, they walked into an unlimited warehouse and thrift retailer in disarray. That they had a lot to do, felt so overwhelmed, and had been praying for God to ship assist.

    And did He ever! God answered their prayers by working via all of our loopy particulars to get our group of nearly 50 volunteers there to get their retailer and warehouse so as. After we walked into the warehouse, we felt like we have been in an episode of Hoarders. There was a lot stuff! However these youngsters and adults have been undaunted by the scope of the duty earlier than them. You have to be so proud of how these youth served the Lord with onerous work and cheerfulness.

    Isn’t it great to know that God hears us and solutions our prayers? Isn’t it wonderful how God was working via all the main points to get our group to the Salvation Military? Reward the Lord! God is so good and trustworthy!

    Pam Cooke

    Youth Choir Director



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