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Trinity enjoyed a taste of Southwestern culture when the Rehoboth Christian School Choir wrapped up its 12-day Journey for Jesus tour with a concert at the College Monday, April 5.

The Rehoboth singers, uniformly clad in green shirts, showed few signs of road weariness when they shared the Ozinga Chapel stage with choirs from Elim and Westside Christian schools for an evening of praise and celebration. After each group sang individually, they combined their choirs for three selections en masse before Rehoboth boarded the coach for the 28-hour ride back to New Mexico.

"Our kids really look forward to this tour," said Ron Polinder, executive director at Rehoboth. "It's a completely different geographical and cross-cultural experience for them because many of them have never been out of the Southwest. They get the opportunity to see different people, schools, and churches, which broadens their understanding of the world."

The touring contingent included a 60-voice choir made up of sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well as adult chaperones. They departed from home on March 26 for a week of visits to churches and schools in western Michigan. While they were at Trinity, they displayed and sold Southwest crafts, art, and jewelry.

Rehoboth Christian School teaches students in kindergarten through 12th grade, more than half of whom are Native American. Their Journey for Jesus tour occurs every two years. They have made tentative plans to tour America's Heartland in 2006 and may return to the Midwest in 2008.

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