So we even got a Western style treat this weekend! The Ukarumpa
school band and choir came to Lae. One of the teachers at our girl's school
(TISOL) organised it and we got to enjoy some great music. On Friday
afternoon at assembly we had a bit of a foretaste of what was to come and
then this afternoon at 1 we went back to school and listened to the whole
performance. Then they had another performance at Unitech at 4pm today.
We did not go to that performance. The band played some great pieces and
the choir sang some beautiful Christian songs. The band played one piece
which was a prelude to "A mighty Fortress Is our God". It was beautiful.
The choir also sang a couple of songs we were familiar with, so that was
pretty special too. The thing that was the greatest about it was the way
these kids were using music as a means to witness. The conductors also took
every opportunity to read out the words of the songs and to speak about the
meanings of these words in our daily lives. It was obvious that they saw
this trip as a chance to witness of their Lord and Saviour, and it was great
to see them doing this in a "secular" school.
It was so nice, and you probably think I am crazy for going on about it.
But rare is the time we get such a chance here in PNG, and so we really
appreciated it. We even got to sing the PNG national anthem (which is a
beautiful anthem, by the way) to the band's music, which just made it feel like and even more beautiful anthem!
O arise all you sons of this land,
Let us sing of our joy to be free,
Praising God and rejoicing to be Papua New Guinea.
Shout our name from the mountains to seas Papua New Guinea;
Let us raise our voices andproclaim Papua New Guinea.
Now give thanks to the good Lord above For His kindness, His wisdom and love.
For this land of our fathers so free, Papua New Guinea.
Shout again for the whole world to hear Papua New Guinea;
We're independent and we're free, Papua New Guinea.
And just thought I would add some more pics...