Going to Church does not make you any more a Christian
than going to the garage makes you car.
Your beliefs don’t make you a better person,
your behaviour does.
Your words mean nothing if your actions are the complete opposite.
Having true faith in whatever it is you believe
must be shown through actions,
Believing is only half the battle.
Let your dreams be bigger than your fears,
your actions louder than your words,
and your faith stronger than your feelings
Make the World the Better Place
On the journey together
On Saturday, 9 November 2013, Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust celebrates 35 years of Alleluya Band. All the preparations are almost done. Some volunteers from Italy have arrived and others are coming on the eve of this big day. Why do we have to celebrate 35 years of existence for a music band?
Alleluya band is not just a band. It is THE band. As Fr. Mario Pacifici, the founding trustee of Andiamo Cooperative and whose feast day brought the idea of forming the band, has rightly put it, Alleluya band is the “soul of Andiamo speaking around the country and the world”.
With Alleluya Band, Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust was born and in 2014, Andiamo will celebrate 30 years of “service” to the people of Balaka and beyond. Through its four pillars namely: Healthcare; Sports and Culture; Education; and Social Development, Andiamo keeps on improving the lives of many through the hard working of the band.
Through its music, Alleluya band has evangelized both nationally and internationally. Fr. George Desmond Tambala of Carmelite commenting one of the articles about Alleluya band, he says tears come to his eyes when he sees Alleluya band coming back together. (Almost all old band members will be performing on 9 November). Fr. Tambala, a priest now, writes, “These songs [Alleluya band’s] formed our Christian moral values and was real evangelization”. He concludes by saying that Mr Paul Banda was greatly missed. By the way, Paul, one of the founders of Alleluya band has retired from retirement to join the band in celebrating 35 years of Singing Life with Joy. He is now 50!
On evangelization, one writer concurs with Fr. Tambala. He asks the band to keep up “the good work”. He writes: “May God reward you abundantly as you go around the world to evangelise.”
Alleluya band has evangelized through its song words and indeed its actions. Through the band’s numerous international tours, education has been brought closer and accessible to many. Through these tours children around Balaka and beyond are being treated for free at Comfort Community Hospital.
May be what many may not know, through Alleluya band, Andiamo is connected to the outside world. People who have never visited Malawi have understood what we are passing through and many a time, they have come to our rescue. This is evidenced in the increase in number of volunteers who are coming to Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust for the first time every year.
A place to be on 9 November 2013
Do we have to celebrate with Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust on Alleluya band’s 35 years of Singing Life with Joy? Yes, 9 November 2013 is the day to join them at Andiamo Ground in Balaka form morning till late.
By Our Reporter