Mission trip brings bluegrass music to Canada

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  1. KenH

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    Mission trip brings bluegrass music to Canada
    October 28, 2008
    By David Roach


    A mission team from Southern Seminary was accompanied by a student-led bluegrass band during a recent trip to Newfoundland. The music drew the interest of many Canadians during the trip and opened the door for numerous Gospel conversations.
    While bluegrass music may seem like a logical tool to use for introducing people to the Gospel in the American south, it doesn’t seem quite as useful in the Canadian northeast.

    But don’t tell that to a mission team from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary that recently traveled to Newfoundland.

    The team used a bluegrass band to gather crowds at venues throughout the province and saw some Canadians express openness to the Gospel. While the band played, other team members walked through the crowds starting conversations and eventually turning them to the Gospel. The team conducted their ministry in cooperation with a church-planting ministry called New Life Newfoundland.

    “We did have opportunity to share the gospel with a number of people,” George Martin, trip leader and M. Theron Rankin Professor of Christian Missions, said. “We were also able to put people in touch with New Life Newfoundland when they expressed interest in finding an evangelical ministry or church.”

    The mission team of 19 Southern students and faculty included Southern Seminary professor William Cutrer and his wife Jane, who led a marriage enrichment seminar for Canadians in the city of St. John’s.

    - rest at www.towersonline.net/story.php?grp=news&id=569
  2. Jim1999

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    Interesting story. There are a goodly number of Pentecostal Churches throughout Nfld., and country music is very popular there and throughout the Maritime Provinces, although Baptist Churches would be more prominent in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

    Nova Scotia was the home to many famous country singers, including the late Hank Snow.



    PS. Yes, I do know the difference between country music and bluegrass.

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