For two years I worked with Symphony of Hope (SOH)….yes, slightly different name, but very similar vision. Doug and Noelle McClure have a vision to use teaching violin to instill value and character, restore broken lives and give hope. Discipleship and music teaching easily go hand in hand. There have already been amazing opportunities for SOH students to influence their nation.
SOH has student groups started with orphans in India, refugees in Germany, tribal children and street kids in Papua New Guinea with new groups getting started all the time and new invitations coming in from many nations.
Their goals are to help kids, young adults and any who have been sidelined….orphans, street kids, refugees, trafficked people and people groups needing reconciliation.
After PNG in 2017 we went to Germany to work with the Middle Eastern refugees. They were anxious to learn and were working on learning the German language as well as violin. Again, we had students of all ages – from 5 to 27. The cooperation between refugees and nationals in the orchestra was encouraging to the Germans. The music softened their hearts and minds to those who had been driven from their homes.