Muckamore Christian flute band spread gospel in Paraguay

Band members are helping locals work on a church building
Band members are helping locals work on a church building

A Christian flute band who perform traditional marching band music to spread the gospel are using their skills to help a small village in Paraguay.

Nine members of the Muckamore Parish Flute Band embarked on a mission trip with SAMS, the South American Mission Society earlier this month.

The nine band members arrived in Paraguay earlier this month

The nine band members arrived in Paraguay earlier this month

Led by the Rev William Orr, the group set off for the village of Concepcion.

Since arriving, the musicians have not only treated locals to a concert of Christian music but they have also been helping the local church on a practical level.

A spokeswoman for the parish said the bandsmen were “putting in some hard labour” while in the village.

She added: “They have been working on a church building, clearing land, digging mud and stones as well as clearing a sewer, woodwork, painting, patio building and much more.”

The band members have performed for Concepcion's small congregation

The band members have performed for Concepcion's small congregation

The Muckamore Parish Flute Band was set up by Mr Orr in 2009 in an attempt to prove there was more to marching bands than the negative associations with drinking and sectarianism.

And the band members who are in Concepcion are proving just that.

The spokeswoman for the parish said: “The team spent their first day clearing and doing repair work on a house that doubles as a church on Sundays. They took part in a small parade on the Saturday after arriving, which ended in a church service.

“Then the band, comprising flautists and drummers, performed for the small congregation and told the story of the Prodigal Son to the children.

“Then they were back in action again in church on Sunday morning, finishing up with a football match with local teenagers.”

Writing on Facebook, Mr Orr described the trip as a “great experience and very humbling”.

To follow the progress of the band in Paraguay log on to www.connor.anglican.org