Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Music School and Crosslinks Biblical Training Seminar



Music Class 2015
We praise God that our annual one month music school was once again a huge success this year. The school, which gathers those involved in music ministry from all over the country, aims to teach music skills and also encourage and build up students spiritually so they are better equipped to serve God effectively in the ministry to which he has called them.

This year 31 students attended representing 17 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, together with representatives of the Lutheran Church and Pentecostal Churches.

Students were taught piano, guitar and singing skills, music theory, composition of songs, and many aspects of music ministry. They were also given the challenge of writing songs in groups based on challenging passages from scripture. Some of these songs can be seen in the videos below. This year songs were based on passages from Song of Songs and Hosea.

Former Student, Leonard, teaching piano
Piano class with teacher Douglas
The teachers this year were myself, evangelist Musa Njagamba, a gifted musician and evangelist who has been with us since we began this project 5 years ago and Douglas Mdimu, who was teaching for the first time this year but proved to be a valuable member of the team as a gifted teacher and a humble servant of God. We were also joined by Leonard Kassembe and Godlove Mpandiko, two former students of this course who were now able to teach in some areas and did extremely well. It is wonderful to see the fruits of our previous work.

Former student Godlove, teaching guitar
The course was a huge blessing to all involved, teachers and students alike. Please pray that all who attended will be equipped to enhance the musical worship of their churches and pass on their knowledge and experiences to others.

Crosslinks School of Biblical Training

Also in August we were privileged to receive guests from Crosslinks UK who came to facilitate a seminar entitled "School of Biblical Training", training pastors, preachers, church leaders and evangelists in preaching skills. The seminar took place in Morogoro and representaives from the 6 dioceses of the North and Eastern Zone of Tanzania participated. This seminar too was a great blessing to all involved and we pray that Crosslinks may be able to develop this work further in Tanzania to encourage and equip our preachers and evangelists in their ministry.
Next week we will be holding the second of our training seminars for lay evangelists, which will take place in the Southern zone of the Anglican Church, based in the diocese of Masasi. We hope that around 100 evangelists will attend this seminar and we pray again that they will be encouraged and equipped in their ministry. As well as the training aspect of the meeting, participants will also carry out door to door evangelism and a 2 day open air mission. Please pray that lives will be touched and people will come to know Christ.

As always we continue to struggle to find the funding necessary for all of these projects and we are very grateful to all those who have contributed financially and with musical instruments etc. Without these donations much of our work would not be possible. If you feel able to contribute please donate on our just giving page on the link above.

Please enjoy these videos from the music school....










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