It seems only fitting that a ministry based just a few miles outside of Music City would be looking to share the gift of music with the children at Heart of Worship School! We are always looking for new or used musical instruments in good playing condition that we can ship to the school or hand carry on our next mission trip.
- Guitar strings
- Small drums
- Tin Whistles
All throughout the day, music is in the air around HOW; sometimes in a room close by, or distant melodies floating from a neighbor’s yard. Most of their songs are praises to God which is especially sweet to hear. I’m always reminded of Psalm 65:8, “Those living far away fear your wonders; where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy.”
“Music’s the medicine of the mind,” is what an American soldier once said, and this is understood in rural Haiti. Children and adults alike in the farming community around the school deal with day to day struggles and frustrations, and singing and making music is cathartic, helping to alleviate some of the stress.
What’s more is that there exists real potential in the mountains, hidden and untapped talent. Inspired by the Bluebird in Nashville, on one visit we arranged a “Night at the Table,” and invited several people in the community to come and play in turns. With two old twangy guitars, they shared and made it work. At first, like the Bluebird, they began playing into each other’s songs and overlapping, and then it just blended and everyone sang together, it was awesome! Everyone enjoyed that night so much! These are self-taught musicians who have beautiful voices and impressive talent, but are working menial jobs for $2 a day.
For the children at Heart of Worship School, music is integrated whenever possible. Typically, due to the lack of resources, rather than have a music education class, students will pick up various instruments laying around during their free time and experiment. Sporadic songs are heard often and every day. During the Summer School at HOW in July 2013, music was a part of the lessons taught. Using a few recently donated recorders and tin whistles, some of the students learned notes and a couple songs.
Because much joy is derived from music and for the intellectual and emotional benefits, the vision at Heart of Worship is to have various instruments available for students with the possibility of a music class.
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” –Victor Hugo