Watching the Daraja Choir sing, I was captivated by their little faces. Their dark skin glistened as if the stage lights dusted them with glitter. Deep brown eyes shined from the inside, as if that’s where the light came from rather than reflected off of. With each synchronized movement, joy radiated out of every muscle–from the fingers as they swung their arms in time to the music, to their toes stepping out the rhythm. These kids oozed delight in what they were doing. I’ve seen joy before, but it has usually been (more…)
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In my last post in this series, I wrote about how the kids in the Daraja Choir (and their chaperones for that matter) seem to pray from a different place — a place of gratitude. I wrote about how different that was from the place I often pray. I’ve spent some time thinking about why their prayers are so different from mine and I think the answer is pretty simple.
We’re praying to a different God.
I’ve written two books on prayer.
I’ve spoken dozens of times on the subject.
I’ve taught Sunday school classes on prayer and been a part of hundreds of conversations on the topic.
In fact, in Six Prayers God Always Answers, my co-author Mark Herringshaw and I spent a lot of time telling people that there isn’t a right way to pray. You don’t have to say certain words, assume a specific posture, or be in a certain place. But I changed my mind about that this past weekend when my new Kenyan friends taught me that the place where prayer comes from is perhaps the most important aspect of praying.
I am still processing my weekend with my new Kenyan friends Eddy, Kevin, Moses, and Dan. I’ll write more later but in the meantime I thought you might like to hear them doing what they do best. These videos were all filmed by Eddy who was too sick to sing so he sat with me during the services. Thankfully, he was feeling better by the time he left this morning.
Their tour ends in eight days. If you missed them at Watermarke you’ll have another opportunity to catch them before they leave. They’re doing a live worship CD recording at North Point Community Church on Friday night. I posted the details here.
If you’re planning to come, let me know, I’d love to see you. And I can’t wait to see Dan, Eddy, Moses, and Kevin one more time before they return to Kenya.
Have you ever had to say good-bye to new friends? How hard was it for you?
We are so fortunate to have Moses, Eddy, Kevin, and their chaperone Dan staying with us this weekend. They led worship (or perhaps a better word is modeled worship) in two services at Watermarke this morning. If you missed it you have one more chance to see them before the tour ends and they return to Kenya. (more…)