Students who were at the Lester Vaughan Secondary School last Saturday night, were showered with blessings for the new school term, compliments of the Blasting the Heavens with Praise Programme organized by Hannah’s Mission and Youth For Christ Barbados.
The back-to-school extravaganza was aimed at helping the primary and secondary students in attendance to start the new school term which commences on September 11 on a positive note.
The highlight of the night was local powerhouse Neesha Woods who ministered to the audience in song. Woods seized the audience’s full attention from her first note. With infectious passion and excitement, she brought down the house with Worth It, Fyah and I can feel It.
Not to be outdone, Ki’ann Browne transformed the school into a church with Where I Am and Better. Browne was not just singing to the audience but preaching to them the gospel with her resonant voice.
The gospel extravaganza also showcased the various talents of young Christians from the more than ten churches gathered. Terrel Blenman was one of those young voices that brought the congregation to their feet. Singing I Am, the rising gospel artiste was an enjoyable opening act.
Richard Antonio and the Kingdom Fuh Life (KFL) Band were also a crowd favourite. Singing a medley of songs, the group performed with the same excitement and praise as they would in front of hundreds. They had the audience singing, dancing and waving their hands in worship during their eight minutes on stage.
Meanwhile, Shammier Thornhill took a different turn with a spoken word piece which spoke of embracing and loving all of mankind regardless of their faults. She called for those inside the church and outside to treat each other with kindness.
Romario Hunte was a very enthusiastic performer, actively engaging with the audience and imparting them with some knowledge about persistence in the face of adversity. This led into his self-composed rap song, I Will Not Give up which was memorable and catchy.
Dance group Excelencia School of Dance brought their junior and senior cohorts on for two separate performances. The juniors came on the stage to dance to Praise Him All Ye Little Children while the elder group ministered with a captivating piece called Wait.
The concert also tackled the issues of violence and bullying that have been a major concern recently. In a dramatic presentation starring Caitlin Ward, Azaria Brathwaite, Destiny Cummins and Chanice Bostic, which dealt with bullying in secondary schools, the students were left with the lasting message to report the issue to an adult or to the authorities.
Throughout the show, adults and teenagers came on stage to offer students advice on how to conduct themselves during the upcoming school term. Host for the evening, gospel artiste John Yarde, instructed the students to lead purposeful lives and to start creating plans for their future from early.
Teacher Tanisha Lashley gave the students a guide to surviving secondary school. She encouraged the students to adhere to their principles and beliefs, and not to try to change themselves in an effort to get people to like them.
“Don’t waste your time trying to be something that you are not,” stressed the educator.