From South Africa to Thailand
It was an incredible honor for Sound of the Nations to be asked to lead worship for our organization’s largest global gathering yet…nearly 4000 people. Missionaries from over a 100 nations (China, Cambodia, Iraq, Brazil, USA, etc.) gathered for a week of training, networking, and encouragement. But, there weren’t many from Africa. Why? Africa in not a rich continent, and Thailand is really, really expensive to get to.
However, in Sound of the Nations we aren't only about leading worship; we're about empowerment, faith building, and South Africans discipling the nations. We think that's God's agenda as well because somehow these miracles... like an African band in Thailand seem to happen...
Most of the band are from a challenged, at-risk communities, and they are artists with talent to spare. Some had never been out of the country, and their entire families (including aunties and uncles) came to the airport to see them off! It was so fun watching eyes widen at the sights of Thailand... like a family of four on a motor scooter. “Yoh! There’s a whole school on there!” But, how much more significant that people from the margins of society discover they have something inside to offer the world... something that can build God’s kingdom. It's far more powerful to live out “all things are possible with God” than to simply hear it preached at you. Our heart-felt prayer is to play a part in finding these gems, these future Kingdom leaders from Africa, whose challenges and stories inspire a world in need of light.
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Kevin and Tonya Stanfield
Serving in South Africa since 2007