Both a Church and AVL designers combine their resources and skills to bring modern technology into the far reaches of African civilization.
Alison Istnick · February 1, 2016
Supporting and working alongside Rev. Gift Makumbe, both Cornerstone and Moyers traveled in August of 2015 to make a difference in the lives of orphans and the local church. Worship Facilities spoke with Alan Hannah, lead associate and worship pastor with Cornerstone Ministries, who helped retell this story of what God is doing in the beautiful country of Zimbabwe and its people.
Alison Istnick: How did this partnership between Moyers and Cornerstone Ministries happen?
Alan Hannah: We have a great, long-standing relationship with Moyers, who was at our church one weekend working on a new lighting rig. [While there] they heard our Pastor speaking to our congregation about how we were going to Zimbabwe to help a church with their sound system and projection. Moyers asked to help in any way possible.
After a year-long process, Moyers supplied the equipment (partly donated by manufacturers) and two installers who joined our church team on a trip last summer to Zimbabwe, where we installed one sound system and distributed three others.
AI: What was accomplished on this trip?
AH: The greatest thing we saw happened in this tiny village of Bemhiwa in the far outreaches of Zimbabwe. We arrived at a simple brick and mortar building and in a matter of two days we had installed 3 speakers, projection and an audio console. We also provided them with a keyboard, guitar and purchased a generator to hook up power.
There’s no church or school building in the area that has equipment like this church does now. So, in one weekend they went from having thirty people at a service to 250 people. It’s opened up this church to be able to do things that they would have never thought possible. I don’t know that as Americans we can fully understand, because we have so much; I saw firsthand the difference that was made and the importance of the role of [AVL] equipment.
AI: Looking back at the trip, what comes to mind as having inspired you?
AH: When we do missions we want to do it with excellence. Moyers shares that vision and put as much care and effort into making that system top quality, as they did in any of our projects here in the States. They sent digital consoles and quality speakers. And the people there got it; they know the difference when they see new equipment coming out of boxes and wrappers.
On our part, to ensure success, we train people while we are there. In this tiny Zimbabwe church, there was a boy named Gordon [one of many orphans], who I believe was around 14-years-old. Even though he’d never worked with technology, he was good with his hands and fixing things. He sat and shadowed our audio guy.