Sunday, 27 October 2019

Such Happy Girls

Last Sunday, our church hosted a visit by the Zozulenka Choir from the Ukraine. Nine delightful teenage students, who are touring the UK, singing and dancing, to raise money for Hope Now.
This charity supports their school and other projects in their country. They sang in Ukrainian and English. Their handmade costumes were amazing--such stunning embroidery. 
This old peasant woman with her huge papier-mache head was great fun! 

They spoke of their homes, their school - and the fighting. But their bright smiles, and strong faith shone through every word spoken, every note sung. Before their "Benediction Hymn" they sang "Bless the Lord, O My Soul" [very popular at UCF] and we all joined in. 
I made a brief video on my phone, but I'm struggling to post it here. Their 2019 tour is almost over, but they promised to return in 2020. Do look out for them. Their music, poetry and dancing is SO professional, their story is moving, and the whole evening was an utter joy. 

We're relaxing at Cornerstones now. Our journey up on Friday was arduous. Four separate incidents/accidents slowed up the traffic. We left home at 10.30, had two stops at Motorway Services - and arrived at 7. That's over eight hours to do 200miles! Yesterday Liz, Jon and Rosie came over for lunch, and Rosie did some pretend cooking [no success with that video either] and we made a lion mask. 
Bob is enjoying reading storybooks with her. We feel so blessed to be able to spend time with this cheerful little girl. 


  1. Too bad the video isn't working. I'd have loved to have watched both the Ukrainian dancing and Rosie cooking! Glad you are relaxing at Cornerstones, even if the drive up was slow. Hope the week ahead is a pleasant one.

  2. Sounds like a pain of a journey. Did you resort to playing eye-spy?

    1. I was concentrating too hard on driving! Stop-start-moveoverfor emergency-vehicles is not my ideal drive! At least we arrived in one piece. I can cope with a delay knowing someone else is urgently in need of ambulance or fire engine. But its easier having company. We had some interesting conversations

  3. A couple of months ago we had the pleasure of a visit from a children's choir from Mexico where were touring Canada - I believe it was one of the Lyce International schools and they did an amazing job!
    We invited them to stay afterwards for Fellowship and I was very glad that I always keep extra food on hand as there were about 40 hungry teens!
    They had wonderful voices and even entertained more at Fellowship.
    Enjoy your break now that you've finally arrived!

  4. Oh, that girl choir looks great, and I am sure they sound great too. It is so inspiring with visits like that. And your little cooking girl is adorable :)

  5. I so hope you are able to take time to relax and recover a bit from recent events. Enjoy your time at Cornerstones.


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