Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday

This morning we went to church, and of course we arrived in the middle of the first song because for whatever reason it is impossible for us to leave on time....anyways. So I noticed right off that the sanctuary seemed packed, and there seemed to be a lot of clapping and excitement, especially from the far front corner, where I couldn't see. So as the praise band led, all of the sudden the people on stage started motioning, waving someone to come up and join them....

What happened next literally brought tears to my eyes.

About 20 of the most joyful faces, all dressed in native African dress, ran up on stage, singing, dancing, and just praising the Lord.

Our church is host to the Mwangaza African Children's Choir this week. These are children from Uganda, that sing and tour raising money for the orphans and needy in their home villages. And they are FULL of the love of our Lord. Here is what their website says about their choir...

Mwangaza Children’s Choir
An initiative of Africa Renewal Ministries

Mwangaza Children’s Choir is an inspiring group of hopeful and talented children, ages 8-12, who admirably represent the orphaned and poverty-stricken youth of Uganda. This year, the children come from the villages of Gaba, Buloba, Kawempe, and Bethany Village.

Based in Ggaba, Uganda, the choir tours as a ministry outreach of Africa Renewal Ministries to share a special message of hope through original Ugandan song and dance. In the process, the children seek to raise awareness of and resources for the churches, schools, orphanages, medical clinics and child sponsorships that have been established by Africa Renewal Ministries. Visit www.africarenewal.org.

Mwangaza is the Swahili word for “shining light.”

Mwangaza (pronounced m-wahn-GAH-zah) Children’s Choir is dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through song, dance and testimony. To help bridge cultural and language barriers, the majority of each Mwangaza concert is performed in English.

The choir’s members – some of whom are orphans – come from diverse and often life-threatening pasts, but God has brought healing to their lives and has given them real hope for the future. As a result, they have blossomed in terms of their musical talent, personal character,maturity and spiritual life.



You can read more about the childrens choir at their website mwangazachildrenschoir.org.

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