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Diary of a Ghetto Priest | Hurricane Moses is back

Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 11:00 AMFather Richard Ho Lung
A scene from Moses.

Hurricane Matthew mercifully went by us, and now, Hurricane Moses is back!

We will be at the National Arena Saturday, November 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday November 27 at 4 p.m. All tickets will be honoured that were for October 1 and 2. Everyone should call our Missionaries of the Poor office 948 6173, 585-2263, 806-1222 and say what show you will attend.

We were disappointed that the Sunday, October 2 showing would have to be postponed.

We had huge crowds coming with thousands of tickets sold for our last two shows, but there it was, Matthew seemed like it could be a major disaster; thus we had to pray and ask the Lord for His mercies upon our island and put aside our concern for our Moses production.

Hurricane Matthew was gathering power, swelling like a magnificent giant ready to devour, growing in magnitude, heading inevitably towards Jamaica. It was Saturday, October 1. Preparations for the hurricane disaster were being made all over Kingston. The National Arena was declared a place of safety for those seeking refuge. Right after we had completed our shows, we pulled down the thousands of chairs, the stage, the lights, the sound equipment. The authorities were sensible and kind in allowing us to complete the shows that Saturday.

Father Ho Lung and Friends had not been idle, however. We have been on tour at the Halton Theater CPCC at the centre of Charlotte, North Carolina. We were warmly welcomed by churches and many other locals who had attended our previous productions, Praise Him, Isaiah, Messiah.

 

Different ethnic groups

 

We had wonderful crowds: Latinos, Filipinos, Indians, Africans, Americans, and a large number of Caucasian-Americans. Music is truly a language of love, as Shakespeare said. It is also a universal language. I was deeply moved; each of the shows was full or even oversold. Young teens, old-timers, little kids, adults of every race, colour, and class came. All were amazed and even incredulous.

I felt honoured that the Lord had used me once again. I could not believe it - every show was packed. More than 5,000 overall attended Moses. The Lord used me to produce art - music - drama - I was never trained. I never planned on it. But here it was, 45 years of music for worship, concerts, musical drama, operas. Blessed by some amazingly talented people, graced by the calling to serve the poorest of people in many nations, I make use of all the gifts the Lord has given me to glorify and honour Him and to help provide food, shelter, clothes, medicines, water and light.

What a miracle the Lord has brought! All this music and original production, and the people who have come forward to bring God's love to the forgotten ones! With these funds in North Carolina, we will build a ministry for the lepers in East Timor, one of the poorest countries in the world.