Mr. Mosquera came all the way from Puerto Rico to visit his daughter, our music director, and train us for the upcoming concert in Lytton. His tactics improved our voices and sound. As we learned how to breathe and sing properly, we laughed and sang with him.

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Excitement reigned at Fountainview Academy. Finally the day of our first Christmas concert had arrived. Time seemed to crawl by, the clock on the wall frozen in place. Beep! Finally, the last class period was over, and the aroma of supper wafted through the school building. People zipped by, hurriedly changing into concert uniform. Gulfing down supper, we all loaded the buses and so the trip began. Elation bounced off the roof as the buses, nicknamed “Jack” and “Jill”, rumbled down the highway toward Lytton. Silent prayers were lifted to heaven as we neared our destination. Some were nervous, but others were overflowing with joy with the opportunity to bless the people of the small town with the joy of Jesus. After about 40 minutes of traveling, our destination approached, and soon our trip had halted. The big vehicles unloaded rapidly and we all bolted for the building in which we were to sing. Everyone was nervous, at least I was, however we all warmed up for the concert. At the stroke of 7 o’clock, the emcees casually strolled forward, and the concert began.

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We sang our hearts out for the Lord our God, singing about the Messiah’s humble entrance into this world. After our concert concluded, the mixed feelings of emotions came: gladness that we did well, and sadness that we couldn’t sing any longer. After a particular song, “It’s About the Cross,” someone told me that during the song, some people were shedding tears. Wow! Our singing really has an impact on some people. Earlier, I thought nobody had cared about our singing. This occasion opened my eyes to the truth. We never know how we will have an impact on someone. Even the littlest acts, can humble the most prideful kings on earth. We draw our power from God to bless others in need. “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8 KJV).

Joseph Dietel
Grade 11