Without the angels, we couldn’t touch the people God brings to our concerts.
by Sabrina Petersen
“You sounded like angels!” a concert attendee exclaimed. Really? Hadn’t she heard the discordant notes? I mused. After all, we’re not professionals; we’re just seeking to glorify God.
Spring break found the Three Angels’ Chorale (TAC) en route to Florida. Ten days later, we returned with 3,795 miles, 17 concerts, and many divine appointments behind us. You see, our ministry goes beyond simply singing. . .
It’s about recognizing the hurting heart. A woman’s scowling face met Elizabeth’s gaze during one concert. “After we sang, I was impressed to talk to her,” Elizabeth shares. Through compassion, Elizabeth’s own testimony, and a prayer, the story of a deeply struggling individual tumbled out. God used Elizabeth to show this lady that she was not alone.
It’s about ministering to people through testimonies and teaching. In North Carolina, we held Sabbath School and a concert for a church of Karen people, ethnic refugees from Myanmar and the relatives of one of our TAC members.
It’s about touching the hearts of young and old, like the little Karen boy who asked, “How can you be a missionary?” or the lovely elderly people we ministered to at Fletcher Park Inn in North Carolina. Taro met one such individual, John Thurber, a tenor from the King’s Heralds quartet in the 1960s. We were blessed to share music with those who, like him, had spent years of their lives in ministry.
It’s about encouraging backslidden Christians. Upuia met her two aunts at a concert in South Carolina. Unbeknownst to Upuia, they had previously been Seventh-day Adventists. “My aunt said she probably never would have set foot back inside that church until I invited her to the concert; it’s given her a reason to actually want to go back to that church.”
These anecdotes provide a glimpse into our varied experiences. Visiting six states (TN, NC, SC, GA, AL, and FL), we sang at Laurelbrook Academy, Greater Miami Adventist Academy, three SDA elementary schools, an Assembly of God church, a nondenominational ministry called JAARS (Jungle Aviation and Radio Services), nursing homes, and numerous other churches. We held two Spanish concerts one being at the SDA Inter-American Division office.
Through it all, we echo the sentiments expressed by Martin: “One thing I saw was that, however I sang, God was there with us. God definitely sent His angels to sing with us.”
Indeed, He did.