Music and dance lessons in China have opened new doors of opportunity among the KA, an unreached people group cluster spread out over several nations. The KA, as with many cultures, prefer to give and receive truths and stories through folk songs, dances and visual arts.
By offering lessons in the city, the teachers have many spiritual conversations with both Chinese (Han, KA and others) and expatriates who are interested in music and dance.
The teachers also travel to rural KA villages to have music camps, so that the good news will spread through the arts. They bring familiar instruments like flutes, mandolins and dramyins (long-neck lutes), play songs of praise with people from the village, share stories from the Word and pray.
In one village they visited this summer, the eyes of a KA young man lit up when he saw the dramyin along with the mandolin and guitar during the praise songs. As soon as he could, this young man asked to learn how to play the dramyin. He worked for several hours straight figuring out pitches and how to play several praise songs. By the time the group left, there were the beginnings of a youth praise team.
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17): Mighty God, be in the midst of the KA and save them from darkness. Let them hear of Your love. Let them hear Your loud singing.
“Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:3-4, 6): God in your sanctuary, let the KA praise You with dramyin and mandolin, drums and dance, guitar and flute! Let their praises spread from village to village.
Ask God how else to pray.
Create or enjoy an artistic expression of the story of Jesus’ birth (music, dance, drama/film, painting, etc). Then try a different story – perhaps one of Jesus’ miracles or parables.