Excitement is in the air as a new choir emerges in Bulembu. Distinct from other choirs this team will be preparing for both local and international performances in England, Northern Ireland, Canada and the United States. Raising awareness and support for Bulembu Ministries Swaziland and Challenge Ministries Swaziland, who combined have around 400 children in their care.
Bringing the hope of Jesus to the nations through relevant songs, dances and testimonies of lives changed by the power of God’s love is the choir’s mission. Transformed lives transform lives and that is what we believe the children are doing. It is an honour for the children of Bulembu to stand up and let their voices be heard among the nations for the glory of God. “For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as the garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations” (Isaiah 61:11).
Requirements for choir participation include demonstrating commitment to the choir, obedience to authority, positive attitude, relationship with God, teachable spirit, and vocal ability. Choir participants are ages 7 to 16 years old.
Leading the choir, Emmanuel Masiya – a Swazi national, has worked for Challenge Ministries Swaziland for ten years. He was primarily based at the men’s discipleship centre at Emafini. Emmanuel is assisted by Bulembu teacher Job Madembo who has been working with the Bulembu children for four years.
In August 2012 the Challenge Ministries Swaziland choir and director Emmanuel Masiya toured around England and Ireland. In England the team presented songs, dances and testimonies in various churches and schools. Featured on one of Ireland’s most popular TV shows, The Late Late Show, about one million viewers watched the choir’s live performance. We look forward to new and exciting doors of opportunity that will open for the choir.
Auditions for the choir are now completed and practices started on the 23rd January. Choir practices will be held three times per week with the possibility of more frequent practices as performances draw near. Thank you in advance for your prayers and support of the choir! Our prayer is that the choir will touch many lives and that many will choose to pray and financially support the ministry.
By: Kylee Masiya