Lighting up the Night (an Indoor Bonfire)
Every night in Maasailand, in the villages of Lerumo and Orbili, the members of the choir gather around a small fire and sing. Their songs have been written by members of the choir, and serve a wider purpose than solely exalting the God they worship and devote their lives to. In a community where many are illiterate and uneducated, the members of the choir are both students and teachers through the words of the songs they write and sing. The choir’s message tackles important topics their society is wrestling with: education, HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, clean water, and the message of the God they serve.
When the first tour passed through Louisiana in 2009, Pastor Robert Wells of Harvest Time Tabernacle in Abbeville set up a large bonfire outside the church so his members could experience the Maasai singing under the night sky. This year the weather prevented us doing the same outside, so we held the “bonfire” inside.
With the chairs circling around the center, the Maasai sang, danced and jumped with the audience, sharing stories of killing lions and leopards and serving God.
Thank you to the residents of Abbeville for being so enthusiastic about sharing our culture and worship!