The Words of the Yakawich Family
On Saturday, December 18th, 2010, Unification Church youth performed at the Park View Rest Home in Billings, Montana. Initiated by Yukiko Yakawich and supported by Mr. Chad Martin, Marguerite Felig and other parents, this performance takes place about twice a year, and has been a great service project for our second generation and church community.
Ten youth performed solos, duets and trios with instruments including a trumpet, flute, clarinet, piano, saxophone, guitar and violin. The spirit of Christmas came alive at the convalescent home as residents, family members and guests were enthralled by the youth's performance.
This continuous service project has expanded to four other rest homes in Billings and Columbus, Montana. Last August, the youth performed at an Alzheimer's Unit at the Eagle Cliff Manor in Billings. We have found this to be a great witness to the entire community. Often family members of the residents will call, write and comment on how grateful they are for the youth and our church's care and compassion for their relative. One family member actually donated pizza for the youth to enjoy as an expression of gratitude.
We are grateful for the opportunity to perform. As the audience sincerely enjoys the youth's music, it has also been a wonderful reciprocal relationship for the youth to expand their hearts and have the opportunity to love and serve the elderly. The youth's parents also contribute significantly by supporting their youth and this ministry in our community.
The youth concluded by going around shaking each person's hand and wishing them a "Merry Christmas." It is in this spirit of Christmas that we felt Christ's love for all mankind, again acknowledging that this is the true reason for the season…living for the sake of others.