Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-04-20

An evening of music and missionary testimonials at Samford University Wednesday, April 26, will provide a glimpse into the many possibilities for Christian service through music.

The 7 p.m. "Missions through Music" concert and program in Samford's Reid Chapel is free and open to the public.

Performing groups are Briarwood Brass Ensemble, Samford Gospel Choir, Birmingham gospel soloist Latoya Cathey, and choirs from New Beginnings Family Church and the Birmingham Kids Music Center.

Several visiting missionaries from Nicaragua will speak of their work and opportunities for sharing the gospel through music in their country.

The program is sponsored by the New Hope Children's Foundation, Kids' Music Center and Missions Through Music, one of several components of the Samford in Mission grant initiative funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

"The goal of Missions Through Music is to equip students for vocation and leadership through missions and music service learning," says SIM associate director Angulus Wilson. "The vision is to stimulate global evangelism through gospel music presentations."

At Samford, the program includes students who are engaged in music as an academic major or club activity, and who serve through praise and worship.

For information, contact Rev. Wilson at (205) 726-4480 or email

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.