Monday, January 18, 2010

Local Musicians Encourage St. Louis Residents

John and Paula Kasica, professional musicians in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for over 35 years and creators of Windfire, a flute and percussion ensemble, volunteered their time this week to encourage the St. Louis residents. As members of Destiny Church in St. Louis, the same church that our St. Louis residents attend, their pastor, Jim Stern, connected them with the vision of Mercy Ministries and they immediately shared a deep compassion for the young women we serve. They have been ministering regularly at the St. Louis home for the past year.

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John, a master percussionist, spoke to the residents about living a life of excellence, and he also brought several illustrations with him to reveal how beauty and art impact people in a powerful way. Paula took time to share the importance of learning to value oneself. The Kasicas also incorporated a lesson about public speaking and encouraged the residents to trust God to give them the right words to say when they have the opportunity their testimony in front of a group of people. Each girl was encouraged in a personal way to study scriptures on the power of their words so they will understand the importance of stepping out and sharing their message of hope in Christ with a hurting world.

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Here is what a few of the residents had to say about this talented musical group:

Teresa said, “I enjoyed listening to John and Paula Kasica. It was neat to learn about public speaking because it is so useful for the rest of our lives! John gave an amazing performance with the tambourine!”

Kelsey said, “I really enjoyed learning about how to enhance my public speaking. I am definitely going to learn to add more words like they suggested. If I learn a new word every day, by the end of the year I could double my vocabulary!”

Tasha said, “The Kasicas bring lots of talent, culture and encouragement to the Mercy home.”

To learn more about John and Paula Kasica or Windfire, visit their website