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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Blessing the Lives of War-Torn Children with Music: The Shropshire Music Foundation

One of the best services for on-demand television comes from BYU, where BYU.tv offers an elegant system to watch either live broadcasts or previously played programming. This morning I watched the BYU-Hawaii devotional under live programming for Saturday, Nov. 14 at 3:00 a.m. The speaker is Dr. Susan Shropshire, the amazing LDS woman whose compassion for the victims of war in Kosovo expanded from a short vacation trip meant to help a few people with a little physical help, into a massive effort over the past decade to bless thousands of lives by bringing music into the lives of displaced children.

In the devotional broadcast, she tells her story and the story of some of the people she has worked with. It is inspiring, informative, and deeply moving. You will also learn more about what it means to be a child in a refugee camp--something that so many of my friends have been through right here in Wisconsin, among the Hmong people.

The Shropshire Music Foundation provides free musical instruments and instruction to former child soldiers and refugees in some of the world’s most war-torn places: Uganda, Kosovo, and Northern Ireland. Since 1999, more than 10,000 young people have been taught, and they are finding that through music they can bring healing, hope, and peace to their communities. God bless them! You can help, too.

You can also become a fan on the Facebook page for the Shropshire Music Foundation.

A great example of creative use of one's talents to bless others. Thanks, Sister Shropshire!

2 comments:

Brett King said...

Thank you for this post. It is certainly a worthy cause. I met Liz in the singles ward in Los Angeles when she was teaching in L.A. schools and getting her advanced degree.

She is such a wonderful person and just a regular gal who apparently decided something had to be done for these children and decided to just "do it" herself. Unlike most of us, including me, who often feel sypmathy for others in need but feel inadaquate or unable to make a difference and then just move on with our lives content to let others worry about it.

Liz Shropshire is an inspiration.

Thanks for bringing attention to her and her organization.

Silly Bus said...

I like reading articles and leaving comments of how I feel, Good job