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Best Friends Spreads Hope in the UK and Scotland

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The Best Friends 2017-18 group from their photo shoot in the fall

Best Friends, LCU’s 10-member a cappella group, has taken its talent overseas to Europe for its annual summer tour.

The group left Lubbock on May 7 and returned on May 29. The tour included eight performances in Scotland and three in England. The group performed in venues such as local churches and community halls, as well as participated in special activities with a radio station and a kid’s club.

The group also had opportunities for sightseeing and visiting famous landmarks, such as walking the Royal Mile, visiting Edinburgh Castle, and sightseeing in the small villages of the Scottish Highlands.

Traveling overseas is a departure from the group’s usual summer tour arrangement. Lacy Chappell, a junior social work major from Snyder, Texas, explained how the idea came up.

“When we were talking about tour at the beginning of the year, I had thrown out the idea of going to the UK for our summer tour, and so the idea was planted in our director’s mind,” she said.

Lacy lived in Scotland for three years while her parents were missionaries.

“It’s been years since I’ve been back,” she said. “So being able to go to a place that formed me into who I am today, as well as being able to bless those who so richly blessed me, is something I’m really [looked] forward to.”

Lacy also explained that it was a good experience for the group to encourage the Scottish and English churches. Most of them are extremely small and a majority of the communities are not aware that the church is there because it’s very hard to get the word out. These concerts provided a way to advertise for these churches and to reach out within their communities.

Read more about Best Friends and pick up their latest album, "Risen," on iTunes.