John Wetzel, pastor of First Lutheran Church of Glendale, is not one to say no when 50 teen-agers from Australia want to stay with his parishioners as part of their tour of America. But he's not above making them sing for their supper this Sunday night.
For the teens, it will be no problem.
Ranging in age from 13 to 16, they are all members of the St. Peters Chorale from St. Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane, Queensland. The whole purpose of their being in this country is to perform.
"I think the big thing is to have the international exchange with the youth," Wetzel said.
It's not as complicated an undertaking as one might think.
"I've done this a number of times," Wetzel said, referring to visits by other choral groups. "Logistically, the (problem) is to get the congregation to house the youth."
As of Tuesday, the pastor said, half a dozen beds were still needed.
According to Wetzel, St. Peters is a boarding school. It's called a college because that's the way they do things in the land down under.