When local pianist Serge Mazerand wanted to offer his musical talent in aid of Haiti, Betsy Gesch, a deacon at Telkwa Christian Reformed Church in British Columbia, came up with a creative solution: a prayer concert.
For 75 minutes, while Mazerand played his quiet, healing music in a lamplit sanctuary, people offered prayers to God for the people of Haiti and for the world community, guided by psalms and written prayers.
Mazerand and participants received information about the work of the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee in Haiti, especially regarding CRWRC’s disaster response following the Jan. 12 earthquake there.
“We are small and need to do things in our own way,” said Gesch. “Music and prayer move us to give, even though giving was not the intent of the concert.”