From Jeff, a student …
The most valuable thing I learned was that it is important to work together as a group. Whether you are singing for at a summer concert in Chicago, or running through the London airport to try and make it on the next flight to Germany, LYCNA taught me the importance of living in Christian community. A choir always sounds best when you work together as a group, and LYCNA is a great place to learn those skills. It is a great feeling to know that others care about your interests (especially music and singing!), your life story, and most importantly, you as a person!
From Hannah, a student …
A select few can say that they have been a part of a group of youth who traveled halfway around the world to sing in churches. I can count myself among them. I was part of a group of twenty-three teenagers, from across the country, who came together for two weeks to spread God’s word through music.
I later realized that it felt really good to tell people about God. I also realized that while sharing what I believed with others I was sculpting my own beliefs, applying them to my life and not the lives of my pastor or Sunday school teacher. I will never forget those in Germany who helped to shape and strengthen my beliefs and I will never forget my fellow choir members who were there with me, experiencing a life changing tour.
From Janet & Mark Fisher, parents …
“Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us, and your love supporting us, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.”
The Lutheran Youth Choir of North America sings this song everywhere they travel, and it feels so appropriate. We heard about the choir when our daughter was a freshman in high school. She did not know anyone in the choir, but she decided to give it a try.
The welcome she received from the choir members, adult leaders, and her host family in Glen Ellyn was amazing. We dropped her off on Sunday, and when we made the trip to see the choir talent show two days later we saw that she had found her people! It was obvious that great friendships were forming.
Our daughter has gone on two tours with the choir and it has truly been a life-changing experience. Some of the choir members have become like family to her—she texts them “Good Night!” every day. Her faith has become her own, and she found herself unexpectedly excited to share her faith with people she met on tour in the U.S. and in Germany. This experience inspired her to choose a Lutheran college.
Thank you Lutheran Youth Choir! You are a blessing!