The choir was supposed to go with a local church in Fort Worth that is connected with a church in Waco, said Feleceia Benton, president of Word of Truth Gospel Choir. The Waco church required participants to attend two training sessions at the church, she said.
“We made plans to attend the first session the second weekend of February, but this happened to be the same day it snowed,” she said.
The choir took the safe route and avoided driving in the snow, which prohibited the choir from making their trip to Juarez, Benton said.
“This trip would of been a great opportunity to strengthen their faith as Christians and share their belief with people who might have not heard the message before,” Benton said.
She said they have ministered to people in Fort Worth, but it was time to move their ministry to a country where inhabitants might not have heard gospel music before.
“There is so much more to living a life for Christ and ministering to people that goes beyond our little Fort Worth shell, Benton said. I want the choir to see that Christ is everywhere, and that people all over the world need to see the love of Jesus in all aspects of our lives.”
Bolu Odelusi, a junior criminal justice major, said she was disappointed by the church’s decision not to let the choir go to Juarez, but she trusts the Lord’s decision and knows that not going on the trip is a blessing.
“That was God’s way of telling us he needed us to continue working on ourselves,” Odelusi said. “We can’t share the gospel if it isn’t fully embedded in us. We need to go to a higher spiritual level than we are right now.”
Seven to 10 members were expected to go and only pay for food expenses because the choir saved enough money to pay for those who wanted to go, Benton said.
Some of the choir members will spend their spring break ministering in Little Rock, Ark., at a leadership conference.