31 August 2008

Ebenezer de Galmi

Since leaving Morocco, I have now met two sets of semi-famous Nigeriens. Actually, they're not-so-famous-but-should-be Nigeriens. On our flight from Casa was the entire Nigerien Olympic team! All five athletes! I was greeted by the two female runners and actually got to speak (though briefly) with the swim team (what was funny was that he was wearing a US National Swimming shirt), he told me he met Michael Phelps. They all still wore their Beijing 2008 lanyards and official passes around their necks. The sad thing was, it was no big deal. No one even nodded their way (except for me, and I don't matter). Even at the airport, they just came and went. Hmm.

But even better than that, tonight (drum roll please) I met, and got to sit in on a jam session with Christian Nigerien recording artists, Ebenezer de Galmi!!! WHAT?!?!?! You've never heard of them??? Well, you're missing out! Four young Nigeriens in their early twenties . . . they are onto their second CD. They sing in Hausa, French, & English. All praises to Jehovah, God. And it's absolutely beautiful. My neighbor on the compound, Yoko, was having them for dinner tonight, and invited me as well. We were celebrating a birthday, and saying goodbye as three of them are returning to school this week in other cities.

I had such fun with them tonight! There was a fifth boy there tonight. Yoko has been teaching him to read. He is Muslim, so she uses the Bible for his practice. She says that he loves to read the Word of God and that he is showing interest in Christ. She had him over with these four so that he could meet some guys his age who love Jesus. He just sat and listened as they sang to Jesus and thanked Him for all He had done in their lives. Then they all spent time in prayer together before they left (they had to run home into town just as the rain was coming!). It was a beautiful night.

I'm really starting to like it here.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, first Olympic Athletes and then dinner and a jam sessions with praying recording stars! Can life be any better? Love reading your updates....xxoxoxo mom

Anonymous said...

Wow, first Olympic Athletes and then dinner and a jam sessions with praying recording stars! Can life be any better? Love reading your updates....xxoxoxo mom