A Nashville-based Christian organization that equips orphans and impoverished aspiring musicians in the developing world with quality instruments says the gift of music alleviates "poverty of the soul."
The non-profit group, called Instruments of Joy, said it is bringing joy to the world with the gift of music in Jesus' name. Each donated instrument is prayed over before it is sent and the plan is for a card with John 3:16 to be attached.
"A lot of organizations fight physical poverty by giving water, food and clothing. At Instruments of Joy we are focused on alleviating poverty of the soul by giving the gift of music," said the group's founder, Joshua MacLeod. He is looking for sponsors to help fund the goal of distributing 2,000 quality instruments annually by the year 2015.
"Two of the sweetest things in life are joy and gifts," said Sandi Patty. "I love that at Instruments of Joy they know just how blessed it is to give. It was so amazing to see the look on people's faces that worship every Sunday in Sierra Leone. They were stunned and so excited."
A few years ago, MacLeod visited Malawi and met an orphan who had great musical potential. The young man was bringing joy through his music to the orphanage with a guitar he had made from a gas can and a block of wood. MacLeod was inspired to give the young man one of his guitars that was gathering dust in his bonus room back home.
To date, Instruments of Joy has delivered 44 quality instruments to orphans and aspiring musicians in Honduras, China, India, Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, Sudan, Moldova, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Haiti, Trinidad, Chile and Mongolia.
On the Web: www.instrumentsofjoy.org
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