A musical group should always be ready. You never know when an invitation will appear. Last Monday our band rehearsed...poorly. Few members and little energy. We had nothing on our calendar. On Tuesday I received an invitation to play in the town of Ti Goave (2 hours from here) on Friday evening. It was a great opportunity! We jumped at it.
On Thursday evening we had a special rehearsal. It was well attended, and it was full of energy. We got our program ready and made plans to travel.
On Friday at 3:00 sharp, the bus appeared. It was smaller than I remembered. By God's grace, there were only 20 members approved to travel (4 were eliminated due to past absences). We barely fit into the bus with our drums and horns. Off we went.
We arrived on time and were shown a back stairway to the banquet hall where the people of SALT (a Christian finance program) were having an employee banquet. We quietly set up on the stage and prepared to play.
We played our traditional opening song complete with our credo, and then our 'biggest hit' My Life Is Not An Accident. From there we continued with 2 classics, Battle Hymn (a regular evangelical song down here) and Great Is Thy Faithfulness. The rest of the program included our versions of contemporary Christian songs and classics plus a Haitian favorite, Haiti Cheri!
The ceiling was low, and the room was live, as they say. Our band played great. They were professional in every way.
Our hosts were incredibly gracious providing us with more food than we have ever seen for a performance. Meat, bottled juice, rice, salads, and more. They also covered the cost of our transportation and made a generous contribution to our band as well.
It was a win win situation. We have been longing to play further away from our little area, and this was a big step.
God has been faithful to the ASAPH Brass Band. He gave us the instruments, the music, the musicians, the supplies, and people who choose to listen. To God Be The Glory!
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