15 Oct Helping Children Change a Nation
Fostering a culture for A Capella music from the ground up has proved to be a daunting task. Without disrespecting the rich culture of traditions and Honduran customs, we aim to equip the future generation with a deep understanding of music, specifically singing. We started a children’s choir two years ago in hopes that those kids would one day be the future leaders of the church. This year, we added a select choir with kids from the local congregation as well as select students from last year’s choir. This select choir, “Los CatraChicos”, rehearses for two hours every Sunday before worship service. Some of these kids who haven’t grown up in the church now know most of the songs and are actively participating in their bible classes.
In the last concert of the year, titled “Honduras for Peace”, the select children’s choir had the opportunity of preforming alongside our 5-piece A Capella ensemble, “Voces de Belen”. The two choirs performed a total of 11 songs all based on the theme of peace. In a country plagued by gang violence, this concert was the perfect catalyst to give children the voice they are so often denied. The collaboration between these two choirs is a great example of our goal with the children’s choir. We look to create not only a love and appreciation for singing, but also a solid understanding of music theory and techniques. In doing so, we hope to build up the next generation of the church with capable and talented song leaders and worshippers.