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Taking Junkanoo to the world

Conquerors for Christ members participate in Chengdu Culture and Tourism Festival
  • Creative Christian Arts Ministries International’s Apostle Henry Higgins, second left, and Ann Higgins, second right, along with 13-year-old Cecilia McPhee, third right with performers from around the world at the Chengdu Culture and Tourism Festival in Beijing, China. PHOTOS: HENRY AND ANN HIGGINS

  • Reverend Ann Higgins performs in China.

  • Creative Christian Arts Ministries International’s Apostle Henry Higgins parades through a street in China.

Published: Jun 06, 2013

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They were supposed to be at least 12 strong, but only three members of the Conquerors for Christ Junkanoo group traveled to Beijing, China, to participate in the Chegndu Culture and Tourism Festival due to financial constraints.

In the final analysis, the disappointment was turned into an opportunity to witness that God is good.

Apostle Henry Higgins and his wife Ann Higgins, pastors at Creative Christian Arts Ministries International, used the shortfalls that came with their recent trip to tell the people they met that God wants them to never give up and to always stick with a task. Despite their challenges, the Higgins couple and 13-year-old Cecilia McPhee traveled to China.

“We told them to stick with it. That whatever they set out to do they have to stick with it,” said Ann, who added that while there they found many other people attending the conference also faced the same challenges they did and could not bring the delegation they wanted to China.

The couple also spoke to a number of Africans about the calling God has placed on their lives and explained to them that they all have a different purpose.

The three Bahamians also showcased Junkanoo and the costumes associated with it as part of the entertainment for the festival. The Junkanooers performed a two-minute dance presentation.

Martial arts demonstrations, marching bands, dance groups and lion dancers also performed during the opening ceremony attended by more than 30,000 people.

Other groups attending the festival were a dance school from Russia, a male troupe of singers and dancers from Cameroon and a combined clown company made up of natives of Beijing, France and the U.S.

Over the three days of their stay, the Bahamian trio was taken to different parks in China to perform. They said they wowed the Chinese with their energetic free dancing and bright colored costumes.

On the final day of the festival the Conquerors for Christ representatives were driven through the streets of Chengdu in a float parade where once again the Junkanoo costumes were put on display.

At the closing banquet Cecilia was the center of attention, as she taught their hosts, Africans and Russians Bahamians dances like the quadrille and folk dance steps.

The Conquerors for Christ group has since been invited to return to Shanghai, China, September 1 to 19 to participate in the Tourism Culture Festival.

Henry said exporting Bahamian culture to the world, while at the same time promoting religious and cultural tourism, is a fulfilling part of the Conquerors for Christ vision.

•Anyone wanting to make a donation to Conquerors for Christ trip in September can contact Apostle Henry Higgins at 328-8670, 322-4079 or email: pastorhenryhiggins@yahoo.com. He can also be reached at Facebook at Apostle Henry Higgins.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 16:35


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