In Sudan, a small group called The Candlelight Choir is a shining representation of HOPE for the Church in the region. Recently featured on the SAT-7 ARABIC program Keep on Singing, the 32 members of the renowned choir are not compensated financially at all for their participation. On the contrary, while they hold down full-time jobs and raise young children, the singers contribute financially and sacrificially from their own budgets to keep the ministry alive.
Choir member Mido, a father of two, says that worship music is powerful because African children grow up with music and identify with the tunes they’re hearing. Even still, face-to-face ministry in the church can only reach so far. Mido says “SAT-7 is carrying a great burden off the church in the Middle East because the church can only serve a limited number of people in the congregation. But now media is using technology to reach a wide audience.”
Looking ahead, Mido tells us what the Church in Sudan really needs to survive:
“The Christians in Sudan need to know their Bible very well. If they barely have knowledge of the Word of God, then they are weak and make the church weak. Praise alone isn’t enough. Praise declares the presence of the Lord but He is also present in His Holy Word. We need to encourage people to study the Word of God.”
Mido’s words ring true not just in Sudan, but throughout the region and around the world. This is our chance to make God’s Word available to believers across the Middle East and North Africa. We can strengthen the Church, and hope for its survival.
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