Visit to 2009 DPRK Arts Festival Emphasizes Family
Wolaver family of The Annie Moses Band and Hall family from Casting Crowns
The US delegation to the DPRK consisted of several families which included 9 children ages 5 through 17. "I had a chance to talk with many local people in the DPRK who either attended the concerts or watched them on TV and expressed their appreciation for the Americans sincerity and kindness,'" said Robert Springs, GRS CEO & President. Springs continues, "They were particularly moved by the family emphasis of our joint delegation. This year we were especially pleased to have four families, including my own wife and daughter, and the families of Mark & Melanie Hall (Casting Crowns), as well as Bill & Robin Wolaver (Annie Moses Band). Both children and the fine arts are very important in the Korean culture. We were there to engage the local people on the artistic level, family to family, people to people."
From Global Resource Service's Press Release about the 2009 Arts Festival:
Robert E Springs, Jr., CEO of GRS, commented, "If we know anything from history, it is this: music can inspire thoughts and open minds far beyond the constricted political boundaries that citizens in many countries must face," Springs continued. "People to people exchanges and working together to find real solutions are the keys to normalized relations. Any other motive only inhibits the advancement of increased openness. This GRS delegation was very successful and was a part of our on-going programs in the spirit of goodwill and cultural exchange."
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