On a recent cold, snowy night, a group of parishioners and refugee supporters gathered at Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, Kentucky, to witness a heart-warming performance.
The Kentucky Refugee Children’s choir – formed in 2013 through an initiative of EMM’s affiliate partners at Kentucky Refugee Ministries – performed a slate of three delightful songs.
The choir is made up of children who came to the United States in the last few years after their families fled violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A dedicated leadership team of three University of Kentucky music students lead practices, provide accompaniment, and conduct the choir during performances.
Participants range in age from 3 to 14, with the older children helping to teach and direct their younger peers.
The audience, about 75 members of the cathedral and friends of Kentucky Refugee Ministries, provided a hearty round of applause as the children wrapped up their performance. A camera crew from a local television station was on hand to report on the concert. You can see the report with footage of the choir performing here.
Kentucky Refugee Ministries’ Lexington Office Director Barbara Kleine said that the choir has helped her agency connect with the local community in a different way, while also boosting the confidence of the children, who love to sing and entertain. For a few hours, their enthusiasm and spirit helped take the edge off of a cold December night.