DBU Patriettes Serve in UK

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The Dallas Baptist University Patriettes traveled to London, England, January 7-15, giving up part of their Winter break to take part in the ninth trip of DBU’s Global Sports Mission Initiative.
The 16 member squad of the Patriettes and five staff members from the university partnered with Greater Europe Missions (GEM) to help share the love of Jesus Christ to the people of London and Europe. GEM’s mission is to disciple all people of Europe through rapidly reproducing churches and DBU was able to offer support to these churches, pastors and communities during their time in the UK.

The team arrived in London on Tuesday morning – after an all-night flight from Dallas – and began serving that afternoon and evening at St. Paul Old Ford Church, performing dance routines and sharing testimonies with the youth group.

Wednesday morning, the group traveled by train for two hours to Birmingham and visited four different elementary schools, performing 20 dance routines throughout the day. After each performance, several members of the Patriettes were able to share with the children about Jesus Christ and His love for each one of them. Upon returning to London, the group was able to worship at two different locations for the evening, one being Grace Pub Church, in Picadilly Circus and the other, Kahaila Cafe, a church that serves as a coffee shop and bakery.

On Thursday, the group was able to see all the sites and landmarks of the beautiful city of London. The evening concluded by attending the Evensong at Westminster Abbey and then watching the musical, “Les Miserables,” at the Queen’s Theatre.

The Patriettes served at the St. Mary Magdalene School on Friday, spending the morning enjoying one-on-one time with second and third graders, teaching them about their faith and also a few dances. During the lunch hour, the team had the opportunity to perform and share for all the students of the school, as well as teach a few “American dances.” The Patriettes concluded their day by spending time in the St. Mary Magdalene School Chapel where they had opportunity to share and visit with the kids who visited.

Saturday included a full day of touring, with stops at Windsor Castle, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Patriettes worshipped on Sunday morning at Framption Park Baptist Church, a church located in the inner-city of London. The Patriettes were given the opportunity to help teach the children in Sunday School, as well as perform for the entire congregation after church and share about the purpose of the trip. After church, the team traveled to Brick Lane, a central market area, and were able to do street performances. The evening ended by spending time and eating dinner at Kahalia Cafe.

On the final full day in London, the Patriettes were able to perform their flash mob on the Tube all around the city of London, as well as street performances in the snow at Piccadilly Circus and Trafalger Square. Monday evening included returning to Frampton Park Baptist Church and the Patriettes performing, sharing the Gospel, and teaching the girls from the youth group a dance routine.

“This trip has been the most amazing trip with the most amazing group of people. It has been incredible to see how much closer our team has grown. My favorite part of this trip has been seeing the joy and happiness on the children’s faces during our performances. Seeing how the Lord has called us to bring even a few minutes of excitement into their lives is indescribable. I feel beyond blessed to have this opportunity and wouldn’t change a second of it,” Sophomore Joelle Hamilton said.

“The DBU Patriettes shared the love of Jesus Christ through the gifts and talents the Lord blessed them with through dance,” said Head Coach Lindsay Rose. “It was absolutely ‘BRILLIANT’, as they would say in London. From the minute we landed, the team had an enormous amount of energy and passion for sharing their faith with the people of London. It was incredible to watch the girls grow but also to see them spread so much JOY and ENERGY to the schools, churches, and community that we had the opportunity to partner with. They literally danced their way through London and I am so proud of the spirit and heart that they showed every minute of the trip. “

It was a blessing and truly amazing to watch these young women love and serve the people of London and share their faith in Christ,” stated Ryan Erwin, DBU Director of Athletics, who helped organize the trip. “They were able to use their God-given talents to minister and spread the Word to hundreds of people and children during their week in London. Our student-athletes are definitely living and serving as champions for Christ abroad.”