We?ve reached the halfway point of our European adventure! As we cross the sea to Ireland aboard the beautiful Ulysses Irish Ferry, I cannot help but reflect on the memories made during our week in England. Our travels through cities such as London, Cambridge, and Stratford-upon-Avon led us to the town of Bamford, our final destination in England. It was here that the choir was privileged to experience Europe on a uniquely personal level.
As we arrived at Bamford Chapel on Friday evening, we were greeted by our wonderful host families who (literally) welcomed us with open arms. We were matched with our hosts and departed for the evening to our ?homes away from home.? The kindness and generous hospitality of our hosts were appreciated beyond words. The conversations were especially meaningful as we shared stories and got to know one another. They were curious about our lives in America, while we were interested in learning about life in Europe. It was so interesting to recognize the similarities and differences as we compared various aspects of our lifestyles. After only two days with our host families, strong bonds and friendships were made which, undoubtedly, will not soon be broken.
Our Saturday evening concert was a way for us to give back to our hosts and the community for their warm welcome. The choir and our audience filled the small chapel with beautiful music and smiling faces. The energy in the room was absolutely incredible! It is experiences like this concert which make me truly understand the mission of the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir. Through our music, we serve as ambassadors. We are representing our college, our country, and our Savior as we proclaim a powerful message in song. It was evident through the hearty applause and enthusiasm that our audience was very accepting of our message. The faith in the words that we sing is what unites us, not only as a choir, but with those who hear our music as well. As we said a heartfelt goodbye to our hosts and to England, we remember this unity which we will carry with us always.
P.S. I can see Ireland on the horizon!