Recently several of our men led by Pastor Justus Oloo traveled to Burundi to conduct a two day choir clinic/ music seminar. The seminar was held in Bujumbura, Burundi and was attended by members of several churches in DRCongo along with the host church the Bible Baptist Church of Bujumbura, Burundi.
Most here in Africa have been so greatly influenced by their own culture, the charismatic movement and the world when it comes to the music in their churches that often times when you visit a church you can tell little difference between the church and the dance hall.
When we began the churches in DRCongo and Burundi we made the decision that we would not use musical instruments until the time the people began having a basic understanding of Biblical music. Over time we have slowly begun using instruments in a way that promotes Godliness and not worldliness.
Pastor Oloo was able to teach part of a course that we teach in the Bible College concerning Godly music as we continue to lay the foundation for strong Biblical music in our churches. Bro. George Mbugua, who leads our choir in the Grace Bible Baptist Church, accompanied him and together along with the assistance of a few others, were able to teach some good, Godly, doctrinal songs to be used by their church choirs.
|Pastor Oloo, Pastor Kambi (Burundi) and bro. George Mbugua|
This outreach into DRCongo and Burundi is part of our missions program, Grace to the Regions Beyond. We are thankful for the sacrifice of our people in both their giving and their willingness to go to difficult places like Burundi. In part because of that sacrifice there is a church in Burundi that desires to be Biblical in their music.
(Listen closely- you might hear a goat singing along with the choir)