The story of Moses is being used to help the poorest of poor

Making an impact through music

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - In the back rows of Halton Theater at Central Piedmont Community College, a dozen singers go through their warmups. Their harmonies head up and down the vocal scales. The group is getting ready to rehearse a musical retelling the timeless story of the Bible's Moses.

"This one is packed with a lot of drama," said Wynton Williams. "The highlights of which are the Red Sea and the parting. The giving of the Ten Commandments."

It's a familiar story most know very well, but Williams' story is worth hearing as well.  First, he has a powerful yet smooth voice that fills theater seats around the world, but more importantly, he has a heart that touches lives.

"You wonder when you see little kids going for scraps," said Williams as he leaned over the back of a Halton Theater seat. "It puts a different spin on life for me."

Williams has dedicated his life to serving the Missionaries of the Poor (MOP).  It is a Jamaican-based Catholic ministry, taking care of the homeless, the sick, the children forgotten in some of the poorest corners of the planet.

"MOP keeps it real by anchoring into a reality that is with us. The poverty, the marginalization and the suffering," said Williams.

William will play the lead in the musical in Charlotte this weekend. The perform around the world and the shows serve as one of the organizations biggest fundraisers.

"Our hope though is not for people just to come and drop a penny, but to come and participate with us," said Williams. "We invite people to come down to Jamaica to Haiti to go over to the Philippines to Uganda. Come and experience with us the life."

Whitney Hetzel who lives in Union County has already done it. She's been on mission trips to Jamaica. She has seen the selfless work done by the brothers of MOP.

"I don't think you understand it until you go there, what kind of poverty they are dealing with on a daily basis," said Hetzel.

They are sobering lessons she's now teaching her three kids, John, CC and Sam, who will actually get the opportunity to go on stage as part of the show this weekend.

"To have the experience to be on stage with these guys, even just the daily rehearsals, just some exposure to the brothers who are here its been a privilege," said Hetzel.

"We want the audience to understand, its not just about entertainment that's there, but then there is that whole deep movement of the inspiration of God moving through the whole drama," said Williams.

A drama played out by a group whose talents seem endless, if only there cause was as well.

"The poverty, we can't solve the problem, but through the fundraising we are hopefully able to serve as a beacon of light," said Williams.

There will be four performances of Moses this weekend. One show Friday night, two more Saturday and one on Sunday.

Tickets are still available by clicking here.

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