Molly Williams ’11 of Galax, Va.
- What was your favorite experience on this trip?
“My favorite/most meaningful experience was signing at the American National Cemetery at Normandy. We always hear about what our soldiers have done for our country while overseas, but being able to see that place first-hand was an extremely humbling experience. It almost didn’t seem good enough that the only gift we had to offer was our music. However, I don’t know that I will ever think of the “National Anthem” or “America the Beautiful” in the same way again.”
- How has your perspective changed on this trip?
“I have been privileged enough to have been overseas on a mission trip before, but it floored me to realize again just how huge the Body of Christ actually is. Love is everywhere and we are all essentially the same, even within our cultural differences.”
- What have you learned through your experiences?
“I learned a lot more about adapting to singing in extremely different spaces. I learned more about using the room. Singing in such live spaces made it even more clear why we are so serious about vowel and consonant placement. It is also now very real why we try so hard to be correct in every language that we sing in, in order to be respectful to the native speakers. Singing the music in rooms that they were written in and for was amazing. It helped me to understand exactly how things were supposed to sound.”