Story: Karen Weaver
Photo Credit: Dan Bauman
“Traditionally we sang war songs, but when God’s Word came it freed us,” one Wampar singer said, explaining the liberty they have in Christ to create worship music.
Another person elaborated, “When we were introduced to God’s Word, we felt like God came inside our lives and now we feel more close to him.” Thus they are happy to have a means of expressing their gratitude to the Lord.
The Wampar people have always sung melodies as they worked in their gardens. The words for these traditional songs of their ancestors came from stones, trees, and dreams. But now the words they sing when they go to the garden come from God’s book, the Bible. As they till the ground and harvest crops they are using traditional tunes with new words of worship and praise to the Lord.
Producing music in their language has been a process. First, they studied the Scriptures in their language. Next, they wrote the words to the tunes they knew and practiced singing them. Finally, they recorded the songs when a team of three audio specialists visited seven villages in the Wampar language area. Soon they will be able to download the recorded music onto their phones and other devices so they can listen to it whenever they want.
singingIn the past, the fight songs were used to fuel their anger. The songs they now sing using Scripture have a very different effect. They explained, “Now when we have a singsing, it makes us happy and makes us feel like God is with us.”