Open Doors Music (ODM) is a Texas Non-Profit Music Education Organization.
Open Doors Music’s vision, is that every disadvantaged child, from an impoverished background, be given the opportunity to channel their God given talents and creative energies through learning and playing music.
November 7, 2008
This blog is a way for me to keep you posted regarding the Open Doors Music program in Kenya and to share my updates, news and thoughts about music education in developing countries.
Thank you one more time for your infectious enthusiasm about what I am doing with Open Doors Music, for your heartfelt generous support, your words of encouragement, your prayers
and for standing alongside me with this amazing journey.
My 2 week trip to Kenya was a whirlwind of activity and such an eye opener to how much we have [all things material] and yet how much we need in some areas [many things spiritual] .
My main objective was to meet with David and Jennifer Hatley, Founders of CMIA to discuss the merits of a working partnership between Open Doors Music (ODM) and CMIA with regard to a full time music education program for the COTR Primary School in Langata, Nairobi, Kenya.
Francis Muzozo, talking about the music school.
Music program by the numbers.
I am pleased to report we will be starting with the music program in the new year. We had initially discussed September 2008 as a launch date, however, too many logistical arrangements still have to be made and Jan 2009 is now our intended launch!
Here are some preliminary numbers of student enrollment for Jan 2009. I scanned a handwritten document that Francis gave me. [Feel free to view a slide show of the docs or right click to download]
There is also another handwritten report, available at the same link above, from Francis about how they will be putting the music equipment that ODM donated to the COTR school to great use! [You may even recognize a musical instrument you donated to ODM, now being used in Kenya]
Pastors conference report.
David Hatley and Jason Holland were hosting a CMIA -Global Advance Pastors conference and I had the privilege of teaching a workshop to many Worship Pastors and musicians.
There is such a hunger amongst the musicians to develop their playing skills, and to know more about how to lead their congregations in worship.
I want to also try and help provide those awesome people with resources like; music equipment, music education materials, materials they can use to teach their congregations about worship.
So in addition to the music program at the COTR Primary school, will you please stand with me to get these needed resources and training materials to many musicians and worship pastors in churches across Nairobi and Nakuru.
[Thank you in advance and please designate whether your donation and support goes to the COTR Primary school or for the musicians serving in churches]
Worship Leaders, Musicians Workshop.
Great start, much more work to be done!
The new year, 2009, will be a very busy year for ODM. We continue to build the program in Kenya and are working with Jameson Titus of Christ for India [Please read about the planning of the music program there.]
I have been receiving email from musicians in Kenya asking me for help and resources to grow their ministries. Lets stand together to see these needs met!
Thanks again for all you’ve done and do.
Have a great week everybody!