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January 28, 2004

BBC News

I was standing facing the altar in a small Baptist church in this isolated town surrounded by thick jungle canopy when I was surprised by the sound of a choir singing behind me. A haunting, rhythmic version of the Lord's Prayer was struck up as young men and women dressed in red cassocks half walked, half-swayed down the aisle singing acapella. Something about the scene brought a lump to my throat. The singing was beautiful, and if I were a Christian I'm sure the words of faith would have meant a great deal to me. But you didn't need to be a Christian to be moved by the sight of people clinging to ordinary, decent things like a church service despite all the brutal Liberian war has thrown at them. More

Posted by acapnews at January 28, 2004 8:05 AM

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