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Rafiki Foundation  |  Training Africans to Transform Africa for Christ
Violinists in Kenya

Violinists in Kenya

Rachel King joined the Rafiki Village Kenya in October of 2018 as the RICE Music Dean and Rafiki School Secondary Music Teacher. Upon her arrival, she was greeted with a welcome song sung by the students in their native language, Kiswahili. Since that time, she has worked with the students as they strive to make a joyful noise together.

Busy at work, Rachel recently wrote a short course about the history of church music. The course was approved in January of 2019 by the Presbyterian University of East Africa. She taught the material during a six-session course to church leaders, musicians, and music ministers. Rachel thanks the Lord for the opportunity to learn with her fellow music lovers about how God’s people have praised Him throughout the generations.

Apart from writing curriculum and teaching in the teachers college and secondary school, Rachel has the privilege of teaching a weekly private violin class. Her students are eager to learn and improve their skills. In fact, they are so eager to practice that they often ask Rachel for more music. After an hour of practicing the assigned music, pleas such as “Miss King! Can you please give me the notes for Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star?” can often be heard. The students’ enthusiasm for improving their skills riches blesses their teacher. As a special treat, Rachel was able to take a few violin students to a free masterclass with an Austrian violinist in Nairobi. The teacher helped students with their bow grip and gave them tips on how to exercise their fingers. The students loved the new experience

As they practice the violin and study music, the Rafiki students are learning more than how to read notes and hold their bow. They are learning how to diligently practice, how to be teachers and leaders as they share their knowledge with others, and how the Lord delights in the praises of His people.