“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” – Martin Luther
As I tried (and failed) to keep up with the energetic rhythms of the rumba dance class I attended last week, two thoughts became apparent to me: 1) I am really, really, really white. 2) These Colombians know how to enjoy their music!
From traditional cumbia to Shakira, this is a culture rich in music. And although there are excellent schools with top-notch music programs here, there are areas of town where quality music education, and sometimes education of any kind, is not accessible. Suba is a neighborhood like that.
Our teammates, Wes and Hope Parsons, have started a music school at a children’s foundation here in Suba (for the incredible history of the director, Carlos, click HERE). The foundation gives kids a place to go other than the streets when they’re not in school, which is half the day here. In addition to a hot meal, homework help, and music classes, the kids are taught about Christ every day in chapel. It is a place that is saturated in the gospel, in word and deed.
I’ve started helping out with piano classes, and the plan is for me to take on new classes to be added when the next term starts in July. I can’t even tell you how much I have enjoyed my time with these precious kids!