In the Steps of the Lion – May 31, 2014

When I went to South Sudan in January of 2013 with Denise Pelley, Jane Roy, Glen Pearson and the mission team from Wesley-Knox United Church, I had no idea what to expect. My only experience of Africa had been on a television screen or in a magazine, that is, flat.

What I found was a complete surprise. First of all I found a land of vast beauty and wildness. That I expected. What I didn’t expect was the people. The people had a dignity and a warmth that was astonishing.

Life was not easy for them—indeed, I cannot imagine living in such dire need, but they walked with a tall grace and looked at you with an open kindness that, while unsettling at first, made you realize in a clear way that the important things in this world are not found in a store. In that look was no jealousy of our wealth, no reprisal of why us and not them. They didn’t want our pity. They didn’t want us to be sad for them. They are done with that. They just want to move forward, to better their life and the lives of their family. Eventually we came to realize that they were simply thrilled we were there and they were connecting with us in a totally unguarded way that none of us had experienced before. It was unforgettable.

This concert is about honouring these incredible people in this magnificent land. It’s about the strength and joy that’s found in their community. Yes, there are needs, but that’s not all there is. There is hope for a better future and gratitude for the opportunities received through agencies like CASS (Canadian Aid for South Sudan).

Featuring London’s outstanding vocalist Denise Pelley and band, the music for this concert will highlight the unique culture of Africa, while affirming that on this beloved planet, we are all one. Uplifting and vibrant music from the Lion King, gospel, Michael Jackson, the Grammy award-winning Baba Yetu, and much, much more, with multi-media presentation.

Join us for this spectacular evening! Saturday, May 31, at 8:00 pm, at Wesley-Knox United Church, 91 Askin Street, London, Ontario. Tickets are available online, http://www.kssingers.com/concertsandtickets.shtml.

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