NASHVILLE (WordNews.org) July 31, 2013 – Instruments of Joy, a Christian nonprofit, is seeking sponsors so it can deliver 2,000 quality instruments annually beginning n 2015.
The Nashville-based nonprofit currently 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.
Each instrument is prayed over before it is sent overseas, with a card attached that includes the Scripture John 3:16, :For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
“A lot of organizations fight physical poverty by giving water, food and clothing,” said Joshua MacLeod, founder of Instruments of Joy. “At Instruments of Joy we are focused on alleviating poverty of the soul by giving the gift of music. Without sponsors to partner with us and help fund our work we will be unable to reach our goal of distributing 2,000 quality instruments annually by the year 2015.”
MacLeod founded the ministry a few years ago after visiting Malawi, where he met an orphan. MacLeod said the young man had great musical potential. He was bringing joy the orphanage with a guitar he’d made from a gas can and a block of wood.
That inspired MacLeod to give the young man one of his guitars that he said was gathering dust in his “bonus” room back home.
Sandi Patty, a Christian music icon, is a supporter of the ministry’s efforts.
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“Two of the sweetest things in life are joy and gifts,” Patty said.” 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 the peoples” faces that worship every Sunday in Sierra Leone. They were stunned and so excited.”