There were 3 students who were unable to participate. Stephany and Roxana prepared Silent Night almost entirely on their own only 6 months after picking up the instrument. They also played a little arrangement, and I played the violin with our band on one of Chris Tomlin´s songs. Presentations like these are important for the students since it gives them a challenge and a short-term goal to work towards. As soon as they´re done, they really feel the practice has paid off, and they realize that they can be useful in music ministry.
We recently had a meeting with members of the youth group to discuss evangelism for this year. We plan on playing music in the street and handing out coffee. I would like to get my students involved in this as soon as I can. Violinists playing something unique with the band could definitely draw more attention. Basically our goal this year is to reach more people than last, especially in these summer months. Pray for us to achieve this.
God bless and have a great 2012.