Music for Zambia: Instrument Donation
Written by Dr. Dan Sharp
Remember when you played in band or orchestra years ago? You saved your instrument because you thought you’d pick it up again sometime? You were going to practice. Your intentions were so good! The years passed by and it sits in a closet or the attic very lonely and forgotten. Your old clarinet or trumpet had high hopes of being useful in bringing joy to people…but alas, it was not to be…or was it?
A dear friend of mine for many years is in need of your instrument! Some of you will know the name, Roger McMurrin. Roger is involved in Music Ministry Zambia. You may remember he and Dianne started Music Mission Kiev in the 1990’s when they left First Pres. That ministry, MMK, is doing very well and Roger has moved on to start a similar kind of mission with the people of Zambia in Africa.
He’s put together a chorus and orchestra and they are in need of instruments. If you would be so kind as to give your unused instrument a chance to minister to people instead of attic mice, that would be marvelous. If you will bring your instrument (violin, cello, trombone, flute, oboe, etc) to us in the Worship Arts Department here at church, we’ll see to it that it develops a life of ministry sharing the gospel through music in Zambia. I know it would welcome the change from the storage bin in the garage - hopefully you haven’t kept it there!
Here’s a word from Roger…
We in the West have had the Gospel and the Word of God for centuries! David Livingstone brought the Gospel to inland Africa only in the mid-19th century! Great, great things have occurred!
And now our African Christian brothers and sisters are becoming musically literate, building on the incredible oral tradition singing by ear and amazing musical talent that they already possess! They are following in the great train of the Luther Reformation, with Schutz, Buxtehude, Handel, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and on it goes!
We now have an orchestra composed of almost 100 players! But their instruments are deplorable and many of them share instruments. We have strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion but we are in great need!
When I came to Zambia to audition my new orchestra, I had 10 people come to audition all playing a single trumpet. I was in shock - the lack of musical instruments was overwhelming! My new choir members were great singers, yet no one had taught them to read music. They are now mastering the ability to read music and at Christmas (2016) premiered Handel’s immortal Messiah in the great hall at the capital of Lusaka!
I am launching a nationwide project to receive your unused, good condition instruments—those instruments that are well-loved but now lying unused in your closets! What a pity that these instruments are not being used when there are hundreds of potential players in Africa who would be thrilled to receive these precious gifts!
Can you help? Bring your stored instruments to us in the Worship Arts department and we’ll take it from there. Thank you so much for helping to increase the message of the gospel worldwide through music.