Trinidad and Tobago Urban Ministries Steel Drum Band

by Pastor Brian Robertson

During Spring Break for the past four years, Oak Hills’ high school/college students have partnered with Trinidad and Tobago Urban Ministries (TTUM). Our missionary teams have brought the Good News into orphanages, elderly homes, villages, and drug rehab facilities. Our teams have also assisted them in their efforts of evangelism through a Vacation Bible School.

Every year, I leave Trinidad encouraged in my own daily walk with Jesus and inspired by what God is doing around the world to bring glory to His name! Short term missions have a way of rattling us a bit out of our comfort zones and into an understanding of God’s provision, strength, and grace. But there’s something else I love about my time in Trinidad … the people.

The Trinidadians we meet are fun, exciting and full of life! The people we’ve served with have a huge passion for Jesus. I’ve often heard people talk about the “Joy of the Lord” but, rarely have I met people who exude it as much as the people we serve with in Trinidad. It is difficult to communicate just what I mean. But that’s why I’m so excited for Oak Hills Church!

We have the unique opportunity to meet and be with a number of my friends from Trinidad! This month, a band (nine people – adults and a couple teenagers) from TTUM is traveling the US and playing their steel drums in various venues and churches. They’ll be traveling to California and staying with us. They will be worshiping with us on September 26th and will be playing various concerts in the area. I am so excited to share a part of my experience in Trinidad with our church family! Not only will they be worshiping with us on Sunday, but we’re having a luncheon for anyone who wants to meet and be with and hear a bit more of what God is doing in Trinidad — and possibly give you a shot at playing the steel drum!  (By the way, if you plan on joining us at the luncheon, RVSP to brian.robertson@oakhills.org.)

They will be arriving Saturday, September 25th and leaving Thursday, September 30th. There are a couple of other ways you can spend time with TTUM: (1) we committed to providing places for them to stay. We’d like to have them stay in 2-3 different homes. (2) we’d like to provide dinners for them (they’ll be here for five nights). You can sign up to help provide dinner for the band — and eat with them!

This is a wonderful hospitality opportunity. If you’d like to house part of the band, or help provide a dinner, please let me know ASAP so we can make the necessary arrangements. I am excited to be able to share my friends with you!

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