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Songs of faith from women in Africa (and the U.S.)


During my southern Africa reporting trip, I pulled out my video camera just in time to catch the final moments of a Women’s Day conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Here’s the story I wrote about the conference, attended by more than 500 Christian women in the Johannesburg area.)

And, in case you missed it, here is a group of women from the West African nation of Ghana who worship with the Church of Christ (Ghanaian Congregation) that meets in the building of the University Park Church of Christ in Hyattsville, Md. The ladies are rehearsing for a conference of Ghanaian Christian women in the U.S. and Canada.

Finally, here’s a video of Christian women singing in a rural village in the West African nation of Burkina Faso. Just after this brief celebration, 40 people were baptized. (Here’s a story I wrote about the experience.)

Please send us links to other videos of Christians singing songs of praise.

  • Feedback
    I was disapppointed to see brethren in Burkina Faso using a drum (can) to beat while singing praises.
    I have spent 15 years working in Ghana and have found that West Africa people are very receptive to New Testament Christianity. We are doing them wrong when we teach or allow them to continue their cultural practices in Christian worship, when they conflict with the teaching of the New Testament. If we are not going to these countries to restore New Testament Christianity, what are we there for? They already have many religions.
    Joe Connell
    October, 8 2010

    If these are songs of praise to God, I would like to know where is the authority for the hand-clappling, dancing, drum playing, solos, etc. All I read about is singing, Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19.
    Charles Ivie
    October, 8 2010

    If you are not practicing Old and New Testament Christianity, you are not practicing Christianity. Paul did not leave his Jewish practices when he became a Christian and Christ fullfilled “abolished” law keeping. The books of Colossians and Ephesians are anything but a NEW LAW. If we are going to Africa to teach Christians to not use a drum in worship, God help us!!!
    Becky Wooley
    October, 8 2010

    I agree with all of you on this. The only Instrument that God has authorized is from with in us, <strong> “The Heart”.</strong> We are to teach that were ever we go in Truth and in Love. We are know longer under the Mosaic Dispensation.
    K.Wayne
    October, 9 2010

    Thanks for the comments, everyone.
    The <a href=”https://www.christianchronicle.org/article2158881~Burkina_Faso:_New_life_in_a_land_of_wooden_crosses” rel=”nofollow”>story about the work in Burkina Faso</a> does address the issue that is mentioned here (the use of percussion in worship). Look toward the end of the story.
    Erik Tryggestad
    October, 9 2010

    The first link will take you to a YouTube video of my students in Mumena Basic School in Zambia where I taught English for two weeks this August. They are giving me a traditional African farewell.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdGG2Qzbovc
    The second video is my interview with Don Welch on WTCI channel nine in Chattanooga.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dErtCTtj8I
    Becky Wooley
    October, 11 2010

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