Surprised and Affirmed by Flutes
The J family came to Toronto in 2015 due to the husband’s sickness. After six months he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and at the same time God provided the opportunity to study for a Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology. He is now finishing his studies and they are preparing to return to Brazil in 2018. God is at work and they praise God for rest, renewal and healing as a family. The couple has a passion to help Indigenous people use their dances, visual arts and “heart” music to experience and glorify our Creator God. He writes:
"My 10 year old daughter and I returned to Brazil for a two week trip in June of last year. Here is an anecdote of unexpected joy and discovery.
We spent the Sunday morning at the Indigenous Bible School where we worked, sharing in the church service and visiting with students and co-workers. After eating lunch together, I pulled out three flutes I had purchased earlier in the week in the city. They were made from bamboo; two of them were painted with red and black designs and one was a small pan flute. I had not seen these kinds of flutes before and had been told they were from the region. Even though I had known everyone at the table for years, and knew they usually sing in Portuguese and play guitar, I was curious to discover what the students might say about the flutes. To my amazement, one of the Bible School teachers immediately reached for a flute (one from his father’s nation) and enthusiastically began playing it! Then a student who is usually reserved, also joined in the conversation, explaining how her music is similar and how it is used in village celebrations. Very soon, her husband joined in saying jokingly, “Stop – you are going to make me cry.” It was a surprising reminder of how much traditional music still connects with people emotionally even if it is not so visible at times. We need to encourage even more the use of “heart” music as part of discipleship, chapels, ministry trips and in church services.”
M S immigrated to Canada from Korea in 2002 to attend McMaster University where she obtained her certificate in Occupational Therapy. Following graduation, she was deeply challenged through a sermon she heard about the cross and what Jesus did for her. As a result, M S yielded her heart totally to Him. She prayed, “Lord what do you want me to do?” The verse, 1 Timothy 2: 4 came as her answer. “[God] desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” She believed God was calling her into missions. In searching for a place to train for missionary service she was surprised to find that the Canadian WEC base was in Hamilton, not far from where she lived. M S entered the Candidate Orientation course and was accepted by WEC in 2005. She also became a Canadian citizen. In 2007, the Lord opened a door for her to teach at a university in Asia where she has served since that time. She has seen students of every age come to the knowledge of the truth that Jesus died for them. She also ministers in a local church and helps lead an outreach to children in the community. M S says, “I love the locals and the Church , but I love God the most.”
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