Worshipping Without

My first exposure to life in Beni, DR Congo was at the Congo Initiative/UCBC church service on Sunday. As I observed the worship team leading the congregation in song, I noticed a lack of instruments. My initial reaction was pity because they had such limited resources, however, I quickly experienced the most joyous worship time I have ever known: voices raised in glorious harmonies singing songs without words, clapping hands with various rhythms, and dancing feet to keep tempo. My heart leaped with joy as I was keenly aware of God’s presence.

How contrary to our American notion that musical worship requires a myriad of instruments played with the highest level of technical skill, perfect intonation, and flawless rhythm. I am caused to question whether it is DR Congo or America which is truly lacking. Do we know how to worship the LORD in America without our man-made instruments, sheet music, and technology?

Thanks to the generosity of my friends and family in America, I have brought with me a guitar and new drum heads for Congo Initiative. Oddly enough, I now feel reluctant to share these resources for fear that it will somehow taint the Congolese style of worship…


5 responses to “Worshipping Without

  1. hi Meg! Reading this gave me shivers! I love worship! beautiful!

    Glad you see you made it safely to your new home! Miss You! Amy & I will drink a toast of coffee to you this morning and wish you were with us…luv you! Keep us posted on how we can pray.



  2. Wow, we just had a sermon on musical worship this past sunday..very timely. Thank you so much for sharing this. I cannot wait to hear more! God bless!

  3. Timely, considering this was the sermon topic at Epikos on Sunday. I’m sure the psalms that David wrote
    while he was in caves will have a whole new meaning.

  4. Megan, I experienced the same thing. when I was in Uganda. The more remote, with less modern instruments, the more amazing worship was. I have really missed that type of corporate worship.

  5. Rosie Ballinger

    That’s so awesome. What a blessing to participate in that! I’m sure God will reveal to you if and when you are supposed to share the guitar and drums, or maybe He already has given you direction on this! 🙂 Hope you’re having a lovely day in the Congo, Meg! Man, that just sounds so cool! hehe

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