October 12, 2013

Landfillharmonic: Redemption and Inspiration in Paraguay

There is so much negative news today, it's refreshing to hear something good for a change. It's been called "Landfilharmonic" and other clever names. Basically, teachers and children in the slums of Paraguay have been making classical instruments out of recycled landfill materials in order to create music, instill hope and bring fresh inspiration.

One of the underlying messages is that both people and material things have a value that we are not always conscious of or willing to acknowledge. Is there any connection between this inspiring story and the spiritual awakening that seems to be occurring there?

In an age where secular philosophers, such as Peter Singer of Princeton, are promoting the infanticide of unwanted babies that inconvenience parents, this story is especially refreshing and inspiring, especially in conjunction with news about spiritual revival.

Is it just a coincidence that this country has a lot of Christians crying out to God for their youth for 12 years? There has been a continual prayer chain in Paraguay for over a decade and there are different signs in the country that things have been changing.

In 2012, there was a story written about spiritual revival there:

"We believe there will be a great empowering of the lives of young people because of the strength they have, the passion they have." Abreu, who leads Family Worship Center, said. "The church has never understood them. They haven't given a platform for the youth—in the arts, culture, music, painting, theater, movies."

Tags: Recycled stringed instruments Paraguay, redemption, revival

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