HEAL AFRICA!..HEAL AFRICA!..HEAL AFRICA!
Take 20 African children; some from Rwanda, some from the townships of South Africa. Mix them all together for one week in a large house in Johannesburg (with a few responsible adults around as well!) Teach them 11 wonderful and lively new worship songs. Add in plenty of food, fun and games, some learning about their different cultures; some prayer and worship together and lots of time in a local recording studio! Result: a wonderful, fascinating, exhausting but totally rewarding week and ...this album!!
THE STORY SO FAR...
Just a handful of years ago, a whole generation of Rwandan children lived through tragic events in their country that left many orphaned and deeply traumatized. Some still carry physical scars on their bodies. Others are deeply troubled by what they saw at the time. The rest of the world seemed powerless or unwilling to intervene. Instead, the name of Rwanda became synonymous with civil war and bitter ethnic hatred.
But God has seen a nation's distress and has not been idle. Rwanda today is transformed and the churches are alive with a powerful move of God's Holy Spirit. Since 2000, many individual stories have emerged that tell of God's miraculous love and power. Some have found healing, know joy in their hearts and despite what they went through, are daring to hope for the future of this nation. The songwriters who wrote the songs on this album are among them.
HERE ARE SONGS THAT...
give thanks to God for the miracle of hope and healing in Rwanda
proclaim that Jesus is Lord over all of Africa
speak of the reality of coping with bereavement, pain and suffering
speak of the power of the cross of Jesus to bring release from the wounds of the past.
Since 2003, the songs from "Rabagirana Rwanda!" (Arise, Shine Rwanda!), have been sung in their own language and become well known across the nation of Rwanda. Now, We are One has teamed up with YWAM-Rwanda, and Password International, S.A. to produce Heal Africa! which brings the message to a wider audience, and to a whole new group of english speaking African children in South Africa.
TAKE ONE WEEK...
One week. 20 very different children between the ages of 7 - 14. But as they sang these songs together, a wonderful transformation came over them. They began to believe deeply that God truly loves, prizes and values them more than anything. So, watch out world! Their excitement, belief and enthusiasm for Jesus simply knows no limits.
"Thankyou for teaching us these songs!"
"Let me tell you something ... my life is changed"
"It was a wonderful time we shall not forget"
"We are so glad you came and made our CD with us!"