The event was successful with over 40 in attendance from the surrounding neighborhoods and ended with a community dinner, fellowship and prayer for the community. Campus tours were given with a summary of the vision for the new Jubilee World leadership and how individuals can get involved to glorify God bettering the community.
Jubilee World and the local community development initiatives have collaborated providing after school activities and tutoring every week for the community. Jubilee plans to make an open house every month to network with the city and develop with community members. Pray for the ongoing strength and that the Lord will continue to open the doors for Jubilee HQ, new leadership and the St. Louis community.
Plans on the docket include mentorship programs, youth programs, music lessons, food pantry for the community, services and outreach.
New Executive Director Aaron Reppert explained, "The opportunities for the Walnut Park community with unity and this facility makes it possible to bring outreach and needed community services back to the hands of the residence. The benefits far outweigh the obstacles and challenging we may face with such a huge collaborative effort. After building outreach and music programs individually for youth centers in the San Francisco region over 16 years, I found it a duty to serve and organize this unified needed effort in St. Louis when asked and offered the job in September. It's the passion, love and integrity that pushes all of us each day." In only a 5 month period since taking the position, leaps and bounds have been made in a positive direction with the unity and help of St. Louis leaders", Aaron added.
Ukrainian national representative of Jubilee mission Sergei Cherevatenko shared his great experience from the last concert. He played the famous composition Emmanuel written by Michel Colombier.
Earlier last week, Jubilee World acquired a Xerox 700i Digital Printer with a vast toner cartridge supply to be utilized for its community printing program. A printing room will be developed in the 5341 Emerson Ave building to allow community organizations and churches in the local area to get personalized printing of flyers, brochures and banners for special events in the neighborhood. This will be a great service to the community and allow smaller organizations to get mass promotional printing done which would have otherwise been difficult.
Jubilee World opened it's doors to an "Open House and Network Night" at the campus located in Walnut Park where local organizations, artists, teachers and community leaders could meet and greet. The new Jubilee leadership took charge in September 2017 paving the way for positve change and outreach. People had an opportunity to network with other non-profits in the arts field, community organizations and present how everyone can work in a collaborative effort to better the communities through outreach.
In 2015, Jubilee World acquired the former St. Mary's Orphanage building at 5341 Emerson Ave. in St. Louis. The 164,000 square feet facility has since been getting a major facelift with constant renovations. The main chapel, offices, dormitories and bathrooms have all been since remodeled. Jubilee plans to finish the entire facility in 2 years to open up to the community once again.
Construction began in the summer of 1899 and was dedicated on November of 1900 having 225 girls and 13 sisters in residence. This facility has been a community landmark and staple for over 100 years.
In this year, Jubilee China looks forward to a greater development. Thus, early on February 7th, Jubilee China Leaders nationwide gathered together to begin its 4-day conference. Leaders such as, Pastor Micah, Lena, Silas, Miriam, Yuanfang from Beijing, Liuman from Shenzhen and Tongtong Zhang from Shanghai attended this conference with the burning desire to inspired everyone to create new music and to be a beautiful witness for the Lord through it.
By the grace of God, Jubilee World is going to release its first Chinese Contemporary Christian Album by Easter 2017. Jubilee members from China, Nashville, Tennessee, and Dover, New York, are working together on the project The project is intended to be produced professionally and will be recorded at the Jubilee School recording studio in Nashville.