October 4, 2012
New Orleans, LA—The 2012 Gracias Choir Christmas Cantata officially concluded the 1sthalf of its 10-city tour along the East Coast U.S. last night with a rousing 4-act performance from the Gracias Choir. Held at the University of New Orleans’ Lakefront Arena, approximately 2000 people were in attendance.
The grassroots promotion for the New Orleans Christmas Cantata was inspired by the words in Esther 8:14, “…being hastened and pressed on by the King’s commandment.” Dozens of Good News Corps members, church ministers, and first-time volunteers took it upon themselves to handwrite thousands of “Dear Neighbor” letters to distribute around town.
This strategy showed the commitment of IYF and Gracias Choir to instill hope through music in the people of New Orleans, who are no strangers to tough and trying times. The “Dear Neighbor” letters help create a newfound sense of community and the 2000-person turnout was clearly a testament to that.
Foot blisters and aching knees and all, Christmas Cantata volunteers were tireless in their pursuit to get the word out. 2 core teams assembled each night and visited area schools and churches with fliers, letters, tickets, and more. Those who encountered our volunteers were touched and expressed their gratitude for the effort.