(Rock Point, AZ) – Videos produced by two Pittsburgh area churches led by Pastor Susan C. Schwartz that sent missionaries to the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, Arizona in July 2009.
Volunteers from several faith traditions and churches painted murals and did other work at the Navajo Lutheran Mission included helped including Hope Lutheran Church of Forest Hills and St. John Lutheran Church in Swissvale.
Flute music by Travis Terry
Hope Lutheran Church of Forest Hills
353 Ridge Ave
1-412-242-4476 (church office)
email the Hope Lutheran Church of Forest Hills near Pittsburgh
More about the flute music featured in this video:
On his myspace page, Native flutist Travis Terry says:
“I grew up surrounded by ethnic music and instruments of long ago, including the Native flute,” Terry said. As a child I had natural appreciation for music, which contributed to me becoming a self-taught flutist in my adult years. My military service has sent me around the world exposing me to the musical traditions of various cultures.”
“Ethnic music was a continual interest and drew me closer to this dream of creating music. I have always been grateful to my parents (Irving and Caroline) for supporting my dreams and at the same time continually teaching me and my sisters (Denise and Dawn) the indigenous Pima culture, traditions and language. These values have aided me in blending contemporary culture with this heritage of the ‘Desert People.’ This conscious blending of cultures is very much reflected in my musical compositions and playing style.”
“After my military service, I visited Canyon De Chelly where my good fortune led me to meet my lovely wife Cara and settle in Chinle, AZ. Cara and her family taught me the ways and language of the Dine (Navajo) people.”
Preview story on April 9, 2009 in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Pittsburgh Live about area church group heading to NEML to paint. Pastor Susan C. Schwartz heads Hope Lutheran Church of Forest Hills and St. John Lutheran Church in Swissvale and Kathy Gaberson, a Hope Lutheran member.
Related Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission (NELM) Links:
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NELM on bliptv
NELM on youtube
NELM on photobucket
NELM on Twitter