Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
Quantity:
Subtotal
Taxes
Shipping
Total
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart

Blog

Mandela, Music & Ministry

Posted by Canaan Community Church on December 6, 2013 at 1:45 AM

"If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man."       

-Nelson Mandela-

Whenever I am a part of Ice Breaker activities that ask me to name one thing about myself which would surprise the people in the room, I always write the same thing.  "I traveled to Japan, Mexico, Russia, Poland, South Africa, Austria and Italy all before I graduated from High School." No one ever guesses it is the black guy with dreadlocks from the south side of Chicago!


But, that is the reality. This hip-hop loving, saggy pants wearing, black, male, teenager from Englewood was able to travel all over the world and it was all due to MUSIC.  Wel,l and some major financial sacrifices by my mother and others. (smile) 


As we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest leaders of our lifetime, I am reminded of my trip to South Africa in 1996 with the Chicago Childrens Choir (www.ccchoir.org) as ambassadors for racial reconciliation and peace.  As teenagers many of us had no clue the impact this trip had on history or our personal lives but it became extremely clear as the years passed.  We spent 32 days in South Africa and traveled the entire country. We sang in historic Regina Mundi Church (Bishop Desmond Tutu), stayed with host families, and found ourselves engaged in some very difficult conversations about race and prejudice.  We sat front and center as the country of South Africa tried to untangle the web of decades of injustice and uninformed prejudice.


We also visited Shanty homes on the outskirts of South Africa and had our minds blown by the extreme poverty of the villagers, yet their extreme joy in life and hospitality to us.  It was an abrasive reminder to an arrogant, spoiled, American teenager that there was more to life than material things.  (Which I found out the hard way later on in the tripe when all of my luggage was stolen off our tour bus!) 


I am convinced that God was speaking to me even then in South Africa although I personally was not committed to him, yet.  God's hand has been on me all along, even when I was not aware. It was this experience in South Africa which began my heart for the marginilized and oppressed.   Losing this great leader today is a gentle reminder of the work God begun in me 17 years ago. I was too young to realize God was using Mandela & Music and that this tandem would be a huge part of my journey into Ministry.  Today as I write this blog I am honored to have been a part of Mandela's legacy and yet another testimony of the far reaching impact of his life.


If you would like to know more about the Chicago Children's Choir and our trip to South Africa in 1996 some media outlets aired some stories today about the trip.  Two of my good friends Mollie Stone and Jackie Johnson are featured in the stories. (If you look closely you will see me as well but the 1996 version... LOL) Check them out below:


http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/national_world&id=9350377

http://wgntv.com/2013/12/05/chicagoan-who-performed-for-mandela-calls-the-experience-amazing/


Much Love everyone and Rest In Peace Mandela,


Pastah J

 


Categories: None

Post a Comment

Oops!

Oops, you forgot something.

Oops!

The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In

437 Comments

Reply VsigoUsemivh
10:59 AM on October 3, 2022 
buy diovan 160 mg for sale buy diovan 160 mg generic valsartan price
Reply VsigoUsemils
10:56 PM on October 3, 2022 
valsartan drug diovan 80 mg us valsartan order
Reply DsigoUsemieu
4:45 AM on October 5, 2022 
order neurontin 400 mg generic neurontin 400 mg tablet order gabapentin 100 mg sale
Reply DsigoUsemirc
5:58 PM on October 5, 2022 
buy neurontin 400 mg pills gabapentin 100 mg tablet gabapentin 100 mg pills
Reply GabrielMn
1:37 AM on October 6, 2022 
tamoxifen 20 mg pills cheapest tamoxifen tamoxifen 20 mg over the counter
Reply LsigoUsemikm
4:39 PM on October 6, 2022 
cheap lyrica 150 mg buy lyrica pills lyrica 75 mg drug
Reply LsigoUsemifh
4:17 AM on October 7, 2022 
lyrica for sale buy pregabalin 150 mg pills order generic lyrica 75 mg
Reply Phoenixplex
12:35 PM on October 7, 2022 
pret de 6000 euros
Reply metronidazolen Hess
5:35 PM on October 7, 2022 
cheapest lasix lasix online cheapest lasix
Reply PsigoUsemipm
9:01 AM on October 8, 2022 
can i buy cheap pregabalin without dr prescription can i get lyrica pill can you buy cheap lyrica
Reply Bakervex
9:28 PM on October 8, 2022 
Autovermietungen Wanna
Reply PsigoUsemivb
11:17 PM on October 8, 2022 
where can i get cheap lyrica where to buy cheap lyrica pills lyrica brand name
Reply Lisinopril Hess
2:27 PM on October 9, 2022 
ceclor online pharmacy cost of ceclor ceclor online pharmacy
Reply Javierdob
11:23 AM on October 10, 2022 
Kredit 75000 Euro
Reply AsigoUsemifn
11:25 AM on October 10, 2022 
cost of generic pregabalin pills get lyrica visiter le site web du posteur
Reply AsigoUsemivi
10:52 PM on October 10, 2022 
where can i buy lyrica for sale get pregabalin without prescription cheap lyrica without rx
Reply Lasix Hess
11:36 AM on October 11, 2022 
how to buy lamotrigine lamotrigine 100 mg pharmacyhow to purchase lamotrigine lamotrigine for sale
Reply KasenToft
1:50 PM on October 12, 2022 
Imo Autopflege GmbH
Reply PsigoUsemils
5:45 PM on October 12, 2022 
where can i get generic lyrica prices where can i buy generic lyrica without dr prescription https://lyrica2022.top/
Reply Lasix Hess
11:55 PM on October 12, 2022 
order clotrimazole clotrimazole 10g ukclotrimazole medication clotrimazole cost