Jubilate Sings and Shovels

by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio

Cedarville, Ohio—Jubilate, a ministry team of vocalists and instrumentalists from Cedarville University, recently returned from its annual tour in the Chicago area where they performed nine concerts in five days.

Dr. Roger O’Neel, director of Jubilate, says, “Our purpose is always to share our music, to be ambassadors for Cedarville, and to do ministry.” However, this year they added an item to that list.

“This tour was a little unique,” continues O’Neel. “We had some free time on Saturday, so I gave the choir officers the option of doing a service project or touring downtown. They unanimously chose service.”

The group headed to the Christian Youth Center, an organization located in Joliet, Ill., that ministers to children through day camps and youth events. Their campus was in need of help with various outdoor projects.

The Jubilate members took on several tasks that morning. “We were all told to bring work clothes,” says Stan Moran, “but I’m not sure too many of us were mentally prepared for what we saw when we arrived. There were mountains of mulch, a dump truck that needed filled with dirt, a sand volleyball court that needed re-leveled and a hill that needed removed to make room next to a baseball field.”

The students maintained a good attitude as they kept busy throughout the day. Jacob Stout thought the project was a great success. “There was a general family feel to the day. Everyone put so much effort into what they were doing, even if they didn’t like the work. It was great to see Dr. O’Neel literally running around trying to get things done and making us laugh.”

The staff of the center took away a special blessing from the day as well. Brian Allen, director of CYC, says, “What impressed us most were the attitudes, willingness and kindness of each and every young person that came off that bus. Through the years I always remind my staff that when we go out in the world we wear the reputation of Christ around our necks as well as the reputation of our organization. Jubilate wears both well.”

Members of Jubilate want no credit for their work. “The greatest aspect of tour isn’t the fun bus rides, the great food or the opportunity to perform,” explains Moran. “It’s knowing that with a servant’s heart, God can use us in so many ways.”

O’Neel hopes that Jesus’ example was personified to those that saw their work that day. “I am always humbled by CU students’ desire to serve.”