The Abaana New Life Choir will sing in St Mark’s, Ballymacash, on Saturday June 8 at 7pm in one of the last concerts of its 2019 tour.
The Choir, all the way from Uganda, sang in Lisburn Cathedral on Good Friday evening.
If you are considering going along to St Mark’s for the evening, but aren’t sure what to expect, read on for Neville Jones’ review of the Lisburn Cathedral concert. Neville is Abaana Assistant Director.
“Lisburn Cathedral welcomed the Abaana New Life Choir for an evening concert, as part of the Church’s annual Big Church Serve Outreach programme. This was a return visit, following the Choir’s first tour in 2017 and was eagerly anticipated.
“Abaana is a local charity based in Bangor and works in Uganda to share the hope of the Gospel and give the life-changing opportunity of an education to children living in poverty.
“The concert exploded into life from the first song as the choir, consisting of 20 children drawn from across the 14 primary schools which Abaana has built in Uganda, thrilled, encouraged and challenged the audience with their songs, dancing and personal stories of life in Uganda.
“The audience heard directly about what it is like for children living rough on the streets of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and about how, through the generosity of so many sponsors across the world, child sponsorship can literally change the lives of children, by providing them with access to education and hope for the future.
“The Choir sang a range of traditional African and contemporary Christian songs as well as several classic songs from The Greatest Showman. All too soon the concert reached its conclusion, but not before high energy renditions of ‘I’m Going Free’ and ‘Let everything that has breath’ to standing ovations.
“What had been a really memorable evening drew to a close but not before the children had won the hearts of all present.
“Huge thanks to so many people who gave the Choir such as warm welcome and worked so hard in making this a night to remember for everyone who was present.”
If you would like to hear more about the work of Abaana, please get in touch with Neville Jones at the Abaana Office, 028914451918 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-booking for the Ballymacash concert is not required. An offering will be taken on the night.
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