Gospel Choir performs for Pembroke

By Matthew Taber

The Concert of Prayer on Feb. 21 kicked off the start of the Childhood development program in Pembroke, Ill.

The event started with a prayer at Citgo Gas station. Afterwards, at the District Library Olivet’s Proclamation Gospel Choir and a children’s choir from Chicago, Ill., called “By the Hand” performed for the people attending.

Senior Aaron Eubanks and Sophomore Laura Graven sing in Gospel Choir at the Pembroke Township District Library. A children’s choir performed as well.
Senior Aaron Eubanks and Sophomore Laura Graven sing in Gospel Choir at the Pembroke Township District Library. A children’s choir performed as well. Photo by Bekah Colbert.

One of the songs the Gospel choir performed was “Break every Chain.” “We thought that would be really significant because in Pembroke we are trying to break the chain of poverty… corruption…things that have been holding them back,” senior Becca Reed, an organizer of the event, said.

Reggie Stuart has been praying at the Citgo Gas Station with his wife every day and was able to speak at the concert. The people who are working on building the library gave an update on how the building process is going.

Reed and her sister Katie Reed, a sophomore, along with the help of the leadership team of five others, organized the Concert of Prayer. Reed is the co-leader of Compassionate ministries on campus.

“This year [Compassionate Ministries] has been working to help build and start a childhood development program in Pembroke Township,” she said when asked what was the purpose of the event.

“The purpose of the event is to kind of kick-start the childhood development program and to unify the Pembroke residents with the different Olivet students who would come in to do the development program,” she said.

The Gospel Choir, led by Jasper Taylor, performed as part of their own ministry.

“Jasper always says, ‘Gospel choir is a ministry first and then it’s a choir,’” freshman Christian Wizieck said.

Senior Aaron Eubanks said as a choir the “purpose is to sing songs of worships and praise differently than choirs do. We have just a different rhythm and song choice.”

The goal was to show the Pembroke residents they can better themselves without outside help.

“They can get past it and rise above,” Reed said.

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