For some of the children at ZOE, dancing is one of their favorite ways to pass the time. And dance has many proven benefits: It can help you to express your emotions, relieve stress, increase physical fitness, improve confidence and self-esteem, and encourage creativity and imagination.
One of the positive outcomes of the recent COVID lockdown was a newfound collaboration with Prisma Dance. This dance studio in Hawaii has a mission statement that shares ZOE’s heart: To fulfill the Great Commandment – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength (Deuteronomy 6:5) (Matt 22:37) and to fulfill the Great Commission – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you(Matthew 28:19-20a). Their vision is Christ-centered dance training focused on glorifying and worshiping God, and sharing Christ with the world through dance.
What a perfect partnership for ZOE!
Nicole Lam, Prisma’s founder and director, volunteered to create a special dance just for our ZOE girls. She made detailed videos to teach the girls and the girls practiced diligently on Saturday mornings to perfect their art. The dance was choreographed to a song called, Note to God. This song is an emotional prayer, a letter to God to mend the world of all the bitterness and hate. It talks about finding love, granting faith and giving hope, even when it seems like all hope is gone.
Our 7-member dance team shared their powerful performance with the whole ZOE family at a recent worship night. It was not only a chance to express their emotions but the girls also received encouragement from their family as they worshiped God in a unique way. Thank you Jesus for our new friendship with Nicole and Prisma Dance. May God bless their ministry abundantly!
Author – Cissy Boyer