Missionaries' story told through children's music


March 18, 1998|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SPREADING THE WORD about missionaries who serve in the world's challenging areas was one theme of the musical "Prayerworks," sung by the Kid's Choir on Sunday at North Carroll Assembly of God church in Manchester.

The 28-member choir of boys and girls, ages 3 through 11, were directed by Cindy Myers, former vocal music teacher at North Carroll Middle School.

The children's performance was part of a two-day mission-awareness convention coinciding with a visit from the Rev. Gary Dickinson and his family, who serve as missionaries in the Congo. It also was an opportunity to garner financial support for the church's many missions. The 200-member church budgets 11 percent of its revenue to mission work.

"We believe missions are God's heartbeat," said the Rev. Deanna Shrodes, co-pastor of the North Carroll church with her husband, the Rev. Larry Shrodes. "There's an exhaustive list of people we'd like to take on."

For the past four years, the number of missions the church supports has increased to include families serving in Lebanon, Israel, Mexico, Spain and Germany.

In addition, there's a traveling chaplain ministering to tractor-trailer drivers, Washington, missions, and, in Westminster, the Westminster Rescue Mission and New Life for Girls.

Dickinson's mission work to reach Pygmy tribes in the Congo requires transportation by two planes, a boat and a four-hour drive.

He has learned to speak Lingala, the language of the Pygmies, and Monokutuba, for places in the Congo where his French cannot be translated.

In the Congo, he and his wife, Janice, both from Michigan, live in Kinshasa, a town of 200,000 people, where their young daughters Emily and Shannon attend school at the French Consulate.

Information: 410-239-2848.

Boy Scout mulch sale

Shredded hardwood mulch is being sold by Boy Scout Troop 9. Orders will be taken for pick-up or delivery on April 25.

Information: 410-239-6136 or 410-239-7398.

Pub Date: 3/18/98

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