When I was a new missionary here, I heard about an African word…Kasana. It means ‘sunlight’. I wrote a song for a kids choir about the passage in I John that talks about how God is light. The song was called KASANA, and it became the name of the group of singers…way back in 1994. Jean-Pierre was a member of that group. He remembers the song. He is now my landlord, a teacher, a husband, a father, and a church leader.
I recently began an all-girls choir. Boys are easy to gather here. Soccer will bring out 30 boys every afternoon. Girls are much closer to home. Because of that, boys more easily reap the benefits of team activity and band activity. (The ASAPH Brass Band only has one active girl.) SO, to reach girls, I decided to begin an all-girls choir.
We have been meeting every Wednesday afternoon at 4:30. I teach the songs (both music and the important messages they carry). I teach singing in 3 parts. I have prepared a drummer, bassist, and (almost) a keyboardist…all girls. I will be preparing a director from among the choir to lead the group in performances. We are getting close to being ready to sing in a service. The song the girls most enjoy is KASANA.
“Kasana! Kasana! The light of the sun! God is light. There is no darkness in God. If we say we are living with Him, but we live in darkness, then the truth is not in us. But if we live in light, as He is in light, then we will live together in harmony. Kasana!”
Missionary in Haiti.