News Release

We Sing, We Dance, We Give of Ourselves In Service As Jesus Christ Did

A select group of young adults chosen to represent BYU and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, displayed their talents in 12 performances and many more service outreach programs across South Africa and Zimbabwe.

With twenty in the company, ten band members, and nine technicians, Brigham Young University’s Young Ambassadors sang and danced their way into the hearts of many in Africa. 

These talented students seemed to never sleep as the rigorous agenda kept them very busy during their three week tour.  Besides the entertaining, they choose to be busy in service.  Service to others. They all truly love to perform, but each of them looked forward to the opportunity to serve and to brighten someone’s day even more.  

Beginning their tour in Durban with two performances and an outreach program with four different secondary and high schools, a Howard University musical exchange, Nkozi FM radio interviews and a gum boot dancing workshop, the students showed few signs of jet lag in three days.

To Bloemfontein next and another two performances, firesides with youth groups, and outreach programs with Lebone Village Orphanage and an Old age home.

A braai, with the Church’s Africa Southeast Area President Carl B. Cook given in appreciation to the staff of security, gardeners and cleaners at the area office, brought them to Johannesburg. Two performances and some very special outreach service programs at “Children of Fire," the Avalon assisted living home, and Avril Elizabeth Children's Home kept the smiles on many faces.  Pre-performance they were able to do a musical workshop with the Protea Special Needs School’s newly formed choir.

On to Pretoria for more performances, a visit to the Voortrekker Monument, and another musical workshop with Oakfield College students.

All of their performances in South Africa were opened by the SABC Choir allowing both groups new understanding and scope to their music.

Zimbabwe brought an opportunity for service at Harare Children’s home, music and new born baby kits donated to the hospital, a visit to another rehab center, and, of course, firesides and performances.  

In Bulawayo, before their scheduled perfomances they brightened the day of many residents at the Edith Duly Nursing Home and had a musical exchange with the Zimbabwe Academy of Music School's Drums of Peace.  Following this exchange, more smiles were seen on the children's faces at the John Smale Children's home.

These young performers could have spent all of their time doing other things but chose instead to serve as the Savior does. And they served with joy and big smiles on their faces!

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