Betelitos to sing in ‘Royal Wedding’ Choir
A choir made up of 26 singers who have overcome significant mental or physical health problems, including four members of the Betel community, will be releasing a charity single next week as a Royal wedding gift.
‘Gosp-Ability’ will be performing the single at the Windsor Guildhall on 17th May, which will feature on the BBC One Show. A short documentary about the choir will also be aired on the BBC News Channel on Friday 11th and Sunday 13th May.
Sandra Godley, founder of Gosp-Ability, says “This is such a fantastic journey to be on, I am so proud of the Betel Team and every other member of the Gosp-Ability choir and all the amazing support we’re receiving.”
The Betel community members who have been selected to join the choir are:
“My addiction was drugs and alcohol. I can’t begin to express how Betel has helped me find my true identity, finding hope and purpose. I have restoration with my family. I thought my life was over but Betel has helped me realise that my life has just begun.”
“I love Gosp-Ability so much and it’s a privilege to be part of the family.”
“I used heroin and crack for 12 years, I was isolated, depressed and suicidal before coming to Betel. Betel has given me fresh hope for my future in and through Christ and given me a freedom I never thought was possible. In Betel I have been loved and accepted for who I am.”>
“The Gosp-Ability choir has taken me completely out of my comfort zone but is also privilege to be part of it and fun.”
“Because both my parents were addicts, I was brought up from the age of 3 in care homes. Eventually, I became a crack cocaine abuser myself. My life was dysfunctional and lost in a world of drug addiction. I came to Betel UK and found a reason to live life again. Betel provided a safe place for me to become stabilised; spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically.”
“I feel so blessed to be a part of the Gosp-ability Choir because I get to spread hope to others through song and reciprocate to others what was freely given to me.”
“Growing up I had a loving relationship with my mother, however, my Father was absent which meant my siblings were very dependent on me for help. I didn’t realise how broken I was until I went to University where I turned to drink to escape and quickly my life spiralled out of control. I felt completely lost, isolated and hopeless. Now that I am in Betel UK I have a freedom, joy and hope through a growing foundation in Christ.”
About Betel UK:
Betel is an independent Christian charity for men, women and families affected by drug and alcohol addiction and homelessness. Through work, well-being and worship, they help restore broken lives. www.betel.uk
Betel is self-financing through its furniture restoration, gardening business and cafes. Betel’s Rising Café in Coventry was honoured to receive a visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in January.
Betel is embarking on a major £3m capital investment programme in Aston, Birmingham, to build a new multi-purpose venue called Anchor Point – Betel HQ: comprising a range of social enterprises, an arts performance suite, conference and meeting facilities, and community outreach with a café and soft play area—all for the purpose of training recovering men and women for employment.