THE MODERN BIBLE JONAH

Rainer Schimpf in the mouth of a Bryde’s whale in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The Modern Bible Jonah, is the South African marine conservationist who has narrowly survived after being caught in the jaws of a whale. Rainer Schimpf, 51, was swept into the mouth of a large Bryde’s whale off the coast of the South African town of Port Elizabeth while snorkelling and filming a sardine run last month. Looming up out of darkness below came a Bryde’s whale shooting up into the ball of fish, gulping all in its path, as he told AFP, adding that his legs were hanging from mammal’s mouth during incident at end of February. And Rainer Schimpf, said he went back into the water straight after incident. Schimpf’s wife, Silke, a photographer watched on in horror from their boat, chartered to watch the sardines which creates a marine feeding frenzy off Africa’s southern coast. “I felt pressure around my waist and I immediately knew what happened. It accidentally included me in its mouth together with its main meal the sardines.” Schimpf, an award-winning conservationist with 20 years’ experience, said the ordeal lasted a “matter of seconds”rather than three nights Jonah spent in whale’s stomach, according to the Bible story.Rainer Schimpf, who said he went back into the water straight after the incident.Whale realised mistake so opens mouth releasing me. I was washed out with what felt like tonnes of water from its mouth,” he said. Bryde’s whales can weigh up to 30 tons when mature and typically eat krill and fish. When he finally reached the surface he took a breath and rejoined fellow snorkelers who were unaware of the unfolding drama. “We swam back to the vessel, climbed up and checked if I and the camera were OK with no broken bones, no cracked ribs all was good,” he said. I was so “Pumped up with adrenaline and not wanting to miss the bait ball action, I went back into the sea this time looking for sharks,” he added with a smile. Schimpf extensively documented Orcas killing dolphins and their hunting behaviour. Is an authority on sardine tracking and predators that follow the sardine runs. Schimpf is undeterred following his narrow escape, telling AFP that “if I was to be reborn, I would like to come back as a whale.” Like Jonah’s miracle another story of modern event happened to this woman fished in sea. 15523944402621616656549.jpgThis miracle happened in Ghana when fishermen caught this woman alive in the sea trapped in the net while fishing. The woman said a stranger took her to a beach in a taxi so it’s a miracle that she survived three days in sea. She was free to go for refusing to turn to a mermaid. She is a modern-day Jonah found in the deep-sea waters and so survived human ritual sacrifice gone wrong. Said she met a stranger who took taxi and asked any nearby hotel with a seafront beach. In taxi to hotel nearby he administered substance to numb her senses she found herself inside the sea. Then a mermaid told her to join her in the sea but she refused so was told she must leave the sea. It was then she found herself in the net caught by the fishermen in Ghana. She was sacrificed by the stranger who thinks her life thrown away into the sea will be offering to gain the ritual money called sakawa. Lazy people want money for doing nothing deceived to murder innocent victims for ‘money’ rituals. Not knowing they are recruited by the devil to be destroyed by committing murder. God’s Creation will be given account for on judgement day and go to hell if they do not repent. Do hard work, live within your means it’s the best policy for your life not envy and jealousy to copy other people. The root of all evil is the greedy LOVE of money by those who do not love fellow human beings because evil spirits deceive them. Nobody brought anything into the world, no matter how rich they will take nothing out of world except your spirit soul back to God. So important to value all precious lives to preserve life not to kill for money. The Bible says in John 10:10 the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus comes to give life to give life more abundantly in Jesus Name. The eternal life in God’s Kingdom is more precious than all gold, silver, diamonds and rubies. Why gain the whole world and lose your soul for material things of no value in heaven?

MODERN CHILDCARE NEEDS

Andy Shelley and babyAndy Shelley says his time on parental leave was “eye-opening.” Following the release of a poll which suggested 27% of mothers did not enjoy their maternity leave as much as they thought they would, parents have been sharing their experience of parental leave – both good and bad. Some people got in touch after following BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Emma Barnett’s open and honest account of her time away from work looking after her baby son, a time which she described as being “bloody hard and at times, lonely.” So what’s it like to be the one who stays at home and looks after the baby? Three parents share their very different experiences. The good, the bad and unexpected child care needs. ‘I thought my partner was just off work.’ Andy Shelley’s girlfriend gave birth to their daughter in March and the couple decided to take shared parental leavePrior to making choice, Andy’s partner had been looking after their daughter while he worked 12-hour days. “It was difficult because I felt like I wasn’t doing enough,” he says. Thirty-year-old Andy took over full-time care for two months in July, but admits he was not aware just how much work was involved in staying home and looking after his daughter. “Initially I thought parental leave would be a nice break from work but it wasn’t easy. “Some days she would be upset and I just didn’t know what to do. Your entire day revolves around feeds. It becomes a full-time job in itself. “I would be happy when my partner came home from work as it meant I could have a break.” The Stoke-On-Trent resident says his experience of parental leave was important as he realised how much his girlfriend had been doing when he thought she was “just off work.” “It made me appreciate everything she had done and ultimately cemented my relationship with my daughter. “It’s a shame more fathers don’t take parental leave as it really opens your eyes and you realise what your partner deals with.”‘I made sure I kept busy’Sandrine Charpentier and her two daughtersSandrine Charpentier said “clear vision” for her maternity leave and made sure its “wonderful experience.” Sandrine Charpentier, from Hayes in Kent, says her maternity leave with both of her daughters, now aged six and nine, was a “really positive experience.” Despite not knowing many people where she lived, Sandrine made sure she wasn’t isolated by booking a different activity every day. “We would do baby swimming, yoga, singing and play groups. It motivated me to get dressed and get out of the house. “The whole time I was really tired but I thought that was just part of the job. “It was great to meet people, be social and talk about our experiences. I was really happy during that time and it was great for my daughters.” As much as she enjoyed her maternity leave, the mum-of-two admits it was nice to return to work. “Being at work was like a holiday because I was free to do what I wanted. I didn’t have somebody glued to me all the time. “It was good to do something different, to meet people and not talk about nappies and babies all the time.” ‘It’s difficult to be accepted as a stay-at-home dad’Child playingPeople were shocked when Craig Smith said he was going to be a stay-at-home father Craig Smith, 42 in Staffordshire became stay-at-home dad to daughter, Matilda, in January when she was eight months old. His wife has a high-level job so they decided that it would be best for him to give up work and focus on their daughter’s early years. “I was very up for the challenge as I’ve always wanted children, but I didn’t really think about what was involved in being a full-time dad. “Sometimes it’s hard because all Matilda wants is her mum.” Craig says his experience made him realise there is not enough support for stay-at-home dads. “I tried to integrate with local playgroups, but the mums can be quite cliquey and it’s very difficult for a dad to be accepted. “A lot of mum-and-baby groups say fathers are welcome but in reality it’s not like that – the mums can be quite cold.” Craig is planning on going back to work part-time when Matilda starts nursery, but says he feels anxious at the prospect of returning to normality. “It feels like my brain has been conditioned to sing to Peppa Pig or nursery rhymes. The thought of carrying out serious and responsible tasks within a role kind of scares me.

Good, bad, unexpected childcare needs

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GET RELEVANT EDUCATION

Pursuit of academic excellence within the ability of every child is important to reinforce need to help children get their priority right. As individual differences impact talents and abilities it means the child must be guided at own pace to be the best they can be. So children thrive right from onset of education or bloom later like bamboo shoots with delayed growth spurt. These difference in levels of achievements can frustrate children and parents who finds school difficult to cope with. The lack of support to help slow learners or gifted children causes them to implode, misbehave or disrupt the class. Compulsory education society has not succeeded in personally tailored education still. Therefore children find it extremely hard to adapt or adjust to the impossible standard imposed on the children. Worst of all is the unnecessary exams forced on children to grade them on league tables to prove which schools are the best in the country. However, a child in a privileged class private school is sitting exact exams with the deprived in society. This pressure compels some of those children unable to do so well to look for ways out of difficult impossible challenges they face daily in school. And some experience difficult circumstances at home, bereaved, or a divorced family, supporting sick or disabled parents or it is domestic or physical abuse, violence. With such backgrounds in some cases a child faces these extreme problems of a combination of all at the same time. On other occasions the language difficulties also compounds these problems. And its still expected of a child to be A* pupil or student in college and university later. These complex problems of the children can include poverty and starvation if in a deprived community but required to do well. Indeed some do well but most of the children facing these challenges cause them to react by rebelling with peers in similar situations for support. At times some parents are too busy and overwhelmed to realise what is going on a child’s lives before it is too late to help them. Meanwhile children’s look and appearance has become a welcome diversion for not doing so well. This is a major trend whereby their competitive urge to be the best dressed in the most expensive  clothing brands and hair dos become the centre of focus. To belong to a peer group, their friends will not play or interact with them if the appearance is not deemed fit to be in their group. It is a serious issue causing fights and the attacks of those beaten for dressing less or more than peer group. Children are attacked for trainers, iphones, iPads or designer handbags or clothes. Most of the children dress better those working hard footing the bill for their designer wears. To fuel this hierarchy status turf wars, most resort to drug selling and a lifestyle beyond their means. Pressure to conform means whatever means can be used to accomplish demands is used.IMG_20180607_181814 Not focussing on home work to keep up with their academic education means unachievable grades and poor results. The cycle is repeated after not achieving good grades becomes more frustrated with career options. Due to their tastes and expensive lifestyle some find it hard to work a daily job or keep up with stable employment. Some are now used earning thousands of dollars in the streets so continue that way. But it gets complicated as they face threats of attacks of turf wars and gang fights. It is interesting the millennial generation with every abundant material wealth in modern times beyond past generations are also the most unhappy, stressed and miserable ones. On top of all these is an addiction to games, drugs, alcohol and a risk taking dare-devil lifestyle cutting short-lived in their prime. The children have becomes victims of superabundant society more interested in profits or the value of property than emotional needs of these children. Year on year statistics show things are getting worse for these generation trapped in cycle of external appearance and look more than content of their character. Superficial egotistic fleeting looks and clothing labels seems more important to them than priceless God-given natural life. Superabundance around lure them to think only external material things and looks count most. In the process create anger, envy, jealousy, hatred and fights some willing to kill peers for. And yet the root of this problem is not addressed to guide these children to find fulfillment in real value of life preservation. Pressure to get rich quick to get the most expensive gadgets, games and physical looks overrule desire to study hard. Most find academic work too frustrating but remain in school as the las demands. So disturb the class or attack dedicated children working hard and excelling. The solution is not simple but pressure to attain league tables is a part of the cause of frustrations of some those children. In addition, the families have very high expectations of them so also pressurize them to work harder. If a child becomes overwhelmed, look for support from friends and peers to help them rather confide in parents. So the cycle of frustration, is numbed by TV watching, games or playing out with the friends. They cannot stay at home alone so go out on the streets among the drug dealers and grooming paedophiles who take advantage of their naivety. Is there any way educational purpose becomes imparting knowledge to children to gain information relevant to their lives and not merely business for exam boards to grade them on the exam league tables. There is direct connection between the compulsory pressure knowledge power uses to control people. Millions are even more frustrated after university when they realise not many human jobs are available to do. With higher standard of living and surmounting debts now face even more challenging circumstances after graduation. These global millineal generation cannot farm, eat from home-grown produce or survive with money spent several a day. It is a generation revolving around money and material things while tons of food and clothing are thrown away daily by privileged. It sends wrong message about capitalism as acquisition of global resources for a few. Children watch and yearn for such luxury goods at their doorsteps so often above their means. They crave their cut in these illusive wealth they see but do not attain despite academic success. It is gets worse as the system set up frustrate them to turn on each other by hanging around others than value their families.IMG_20180607_181942 Parents under pressure doing several jobs need to set time aside each night to be with their children and talk to them. The support of families in the lives of the children makes a great deal of difference. Sacrifice a personal selfish comfort at expense of children to nurture them and spend quality time with them. Get to know your children to be the first person they talk to rather than a wrong friend putting them under peer pressure to get into trouble. At the end of the day him life is the best gift in life God gives so treasure children and teach them go value their lives. Yes it is good to look good and dress well but it must not becomes a cause of conflict in school education. A decent moderate appearance with excellent grades often helps gain exceptional opportunities to accomplish great things. Just take a look at photo of old clothes and hairstyles to ask yourself is this the reason one could not study hard to build a career? Unless in the fashion industry business clothes change with colours of seasons so worth asking yourself if its better to invest in books, educational gadget, school needs to enhance academic achievement. And parents must not condone with children to argue with schools over hairdo and designer clothing than grades in school. A lot of children waste time on dressing up, make ups, changing their looks for Selfies and preoccupied with vanity. So do not study and hope for quick bucks making money by unrealistic methods. It is necessary to help children study at home, supervised and checked without fibs of assignments done on the school computer. This generation is so smart parents need to be aware to help them. Some play away their youth and pay for it by having to suffer in middle age. And the gifted embark on success sacrificing youth to pave way to rewarding future but feel lonely and isolated. Recently, David Graeber, LSE anthropologist and author, said 37-40% of people feel their jobs are pointless; worse still, they are generally correct. The career they chose did not fulfil them as school subjects were forced on them to meet criteria for grants. The chance of feeling valued in society after emerging from strains of final education is challenging for those who struggled in school or the gifted who made it with excellent grades. Can education meet realistic needs of pupils and students? Others adopt the extreme measures of taking their lives when it was too much to deal with challenges of life. What is the purpose of education if it creates casualties than fulfilled adults.

ANGELS ON ASSIGNMENTS

Hope is restored in God Almighty by the angels on assignment testimony shared all over the world. This proves amazing power of God in two young boys used by God under the prophet Jeremiah to restore hope in God in all people’s lives. Actions taken during adversity has helped to overcome challenging overwhelming circumstances to create this angel. His father was blind six years ago on the morning he woke up and could not see again. His young son, two years old then put total faith and trust in God and listened daily to the teachings of the word of God. He recognised his solution in God Almighty so went to church and focussed on what the man of God taught the congregation. He spent his spare times from two years old until 8years old in the House of God. His gift of listening actively manifested in how he was able to imitate the man of God’s preaching style. Although, his family at that time faced adversity, he looked up to God for the answers to his problems. He did not own a television at home so went into the church regularly to watch mannerism of the man of God. At the same time, God revealed to man of God HE will send helpers to assist him in ministry. God does reveal secrets to HIS prophets so day came this eight year old became chosen vessel of God’s GLORY. The man of God asked young people to dance to choose one who step forward to conduct service as he does. IMG-20180907-WA0000He sat down and observed two young boys who now run services in front of the whole church. It was that moment God answered prayer and revealed HIS chosen helper. Man of God introduced helpers to the church and learnt about his life and challenging circumstances of family. The heavily pregnant mother of this boy confirmed the boy’s identity and story of his father’s blindness for six years. It is the day their lifestory changed so the situation turned around and what the devil meant for evil ALMIGHTY GOD INTERVENED TO GLORIFY HIMSELF in their testimony. In the midst of pain the boy FOCUSSED ON JESUS CHRIST as way of redemption from adversity. God rewarded his faith, and like Samuel, used by God Almighty to serve God’s people globally led by the Spirit of God. Together team up with the other angel to minister and to prophesy accurately like Samuel in the Bible. This is the Lord’s doing, because in the book of Joel, God said in the last days young people will prophesy and see visions to reveal HIS GLORY. This is to RESTORE HOPE AND CONFIDENCE IN GOD because so many people feel let down by Church so are disappointed and disheartened. God says infants and babies will praise HIM so children from God speak, teach, heal the world. Their innocence God HEARS SO ANSWERS THEIR PRAYERS. This results in seeing God’s Spirit and HIS POWER manifested and CONFIRMED in their prophecies, deliverance, healing help people facing challenges all over the world with HOPE RESTORED IN GOD. Great joy watching and listening to God and Jesus speaking through the little children. Holy Spirit builds faith in people and so their lives changed forever. This is the LORD God’s doing through HIS SON Jesus and this is marvelous in our eyes. The miracles are amazing because of privilege of having LIVING PRESENCE OF GOD in church as originally planned by God. If you have never seen this miracles before watch God at work in following video. GLORY to God in Jesus Name for HIS Mercy and sending the angels to minister to people to restore faith and Hope in God. Thank you Jesus for revealing your work and saving so many people. Thank you Holy Spirit thanks for preventing the world from complete annihilation in the Name of Jesus. Thank you Father God for the Prophet Jeremiah, Little Jeremiah and Junior Jeremiah angels. God gets angel’s attention to help people although God is not responsible for creating their needs. IMG-20180907-WA0001God abundantly created perfect original world destroyed by actions of mankind. And yet in the midst of pain good comes out although not expected. Experiencing pain drives people straight to seek relief and help to stop pain. Be encouraged to know God and Jesus loves you, so kind, tolerant, patient, turning pain into good. Sounds contrary to human expectation to say pain is a good thing. Pain, stress, frustration causes combination factors to run to God after other means do not work. Nerves in body send pain signals to brain to process something is wrong to seek help for trauma. This ingenious way God created in body to respond to pain to notice it to take action. Activities and daily experiences preoccupy people some ignore pain hoping it disappears. The pain gets worse so cannot function, gets full attention of pain tool designed by God. Physical pain mirrors spiritual pain experienced by ignoring God. The discomfort, distress drives need for an urgent solution in the House of God by those neglecting God when all is well in their lives. Pain adversity reminds them of God’s LOVING kindness, Grace and Mercy. God uses pain to draw people closer to HIMSELF for salvation and restoration. God’s uses pain so to seek forgiveness, repentance by pain signals deep within soul. Pain calls for help of God to seek HIM and Lord Jesus Christ to avoid further suffering of an eternal pain. Paying attention to pain beyond physical symptom means deeper faith reunion fellowship with God Almighty. Pain in life sometimes eminent helps a relationship with God in Christ to be a reality. An aching physical pain over the years causes some to blame or to hate God. Uttering in anger and frustration if God really exists why does HE not stop pain allowing people to suffer as God does nothing about pain. High threshold for pain numbed stops sting, medication gives temporary relief. But its not long before pain resurfaces to seek a repeat prescription addicted to. The body may not be completely restored to original form without battle scars or transient pain, but the soul is fully made whole in Christ Jesus to even find joy and hope in adversity. Mankind is going through the challenging times but it is well with the soul in Jesus Name. God rewards young and old’s CONFIDENCT HOPE in God.  

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT’S JOY

'This lot play like they breathe,' says proud mum Kadie. pictured with Sheku after his winGod created us to make music and use musical instruments to sing. Music is an important part of worship and praise to God. My school on Fridays dedicated the first two hours of school lessons entirely to playing musical instruments and to sing. It was normal school not a music academy so we loved Fridays and most students can sing verses of the songs by heart. The repeated sessions of singing songs ingrained music in our memory. This love of music expressed meant we knew our head’s favourite as this song was played daily. Fitting music is found throughout scripture, joyful therapeutic or healing music brings comfort to the soul. We rejoice in sounds of music and it unifies people of all cultures sharing collection music. This is joy brought to the whole world through most talented family in UK. A 17-year-old became first black BBC Young Musician, six brilliant siblings and the parents who sacrificed everything for them are all noticed too. The seven Kanneh-Mason children by all accounts each musically gifted as the next. Kadie their mother said, ‘I do not want to take from Sheku’s achievement, I know how hard he works for it. ‘But could really have been anyone of them.’But he is not the only talented musician in the family. In fact, all six of his siblings are equally skilled when it comes to playing instruments. Left to right: Sheku, Isata, Braimah, Mariatu, Konya, Jeneba and AminataNow 19 years Sheku won performer of the year named BBC Young Musician in 2016. The Judges said that his concerto performance in London is ‘electrifying, sincere and also moving.’ The audience marvelled that a young man preparing for his AS exams delivered such great music. Sheku is first black youngster to win title attended the comprehensive school reserve elitist classical musician. To encourage and support him and cry when he broke a string and had to start again were his mum Kadie, dad Stuart and six siblings. This is where Sheku’s remarkable story touches many lives as they were keenly interested in playing musical instruments. His siblings can win award too as two brothers and five sisters: Sheku, Isata, Braimah, Mariatu, Konya, Jeneba and Aminata play instruments to grade eight level. They wakes every Saturday at 4.30am to catch the train to London to attend junior school of Royal Academy. And Konya, 17 Grade 8 piano at 11, violin at 12 won many regional trophies and Jeneba 15 Grade 8 at nine and highest marks in the area. The Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 19, from Nottingham won BBC Young Musician. And Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s winning the Young Musician performance came through hardwork ethic, discipline, practice. Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 17, from Nottingham, was named BBC Young MusicianThis talented musician family of all six siblings are equally skilled in playing instruments. This most talented family in Britain, might be the most talented family in the world. Simon Cowell said so when six eldest siblings appeared on Britain’s Got Talent as Kanneh-Masons. This family collection of musical talents shows each plays brilliantly. The eldest, 21-year-old Isata pianist, former Young Musician finalist herself. She studies full-time at Royal Academy of Music, by scholarship paid for by Elton John with whom she performed. She plays violin and viola to Grade 8 standard. In two of her Grade 8 exams she achieved highest marks in country. Braimah, 20, violinist achieved his Grade 8 by age 12. Sheku, first picked up a cello aged six and had his Grade 8 by age nine with the highest marks in the country. Their parents not musical but sacrificed much to ensure children pursue their passions. Sheku and brother Braimah Kanneh-Mason. The really surprising thing is neither of the Kanneh-Mason parents is musician. ‘It started with Isata,’ as the mum Kadie explains. ‘We started her on the piano because she was very bright so wanted to give her something more than just a schoolwork. She was given one piece a week and mastered it in ten minutes. So ‘Isata set the tone and, when the others were born, music practice was normal.’ Their parents, neither of whom are musical, have sacrificed much to ensure their children can pursue their passions.  Pictured: Sheku and his older brother Braimah Kanneh-Mason

‘We never set out to produce orchestra,’ adds Stuart. ‘It came as a bit of a shock to us, too.’ Their home is given over to music in Nottingham suburb, detached.  They have four pianos,’ says Kadie and three cellos, a viola, four violins. These children, called ‘prodigies’ as three of seven have perfect pitch. At home, four pianos, three cellos, viola, four violins, and children practice two hours daily. Consistency is the name of the game to ensure they are excellent at musical skills. Though talented, their successes are down to ‘hardwork.’ Each practises for at least two hours a day or more if preparing for exam or concert and Isata can play for seven hours. Dedication or passion for music came naturally and so were not pushed. The children love and enjoy music as Kadie said ‘they play like they breathe.’ The parents up at 4.30am on a Saturday, so deeply involved with children’s music, making sure a parent in every audience. Despite the high cost of train fares to music event all attend with their musical instruments. Their home has four pianos, three cellos, a viola, and four violins, and the children practice for two hours a dayOnce on way home, so exhausted Stuart fell asleep at the wheel car went into a ditch. He injured his wrist but thank God none seriously hurt decided to use train, despite costs. It’s a worry money dominates not Mozart or Mendelssohn. Costs of seven musicians in the family is quite daunting. Stuart’s work a business manager on a ‘good salary’ but Kadie, once university lecturer gave up work after child three. High costs means the family does not go on holidays in ten years. Their house of six bedrooms is heavily mortgaged and literally falling apart since every penny of our money goes on music. Have not decorated for years, tiles are coming off the roof. Never buys new clothes does girls’ hair because it’s too expensive to take them to all to hair salon. Car a wreck.’ Sheku able to enter Young Musician contest thanks to kindness of a retired luthier maker of stringed instruments. Frank White’s extraordinary loan of an entire package of instruments for the family, worth tens of thousands include Sheku’s first full-sized cello. Sheku’s amazing genius of musical sound hear Kadie says a broken dial oven emited high shriek Sheku identified note as ‘a very sharp G’ a wasp at window buzzing an ‘E flat.’Simon Cowell called them the most talented family in the UK when the six eldest siblings appeared on Britain’s Got Talent a few years agoSimon Cowell called them most talented family in UK when six eldest siblings appeared on Britain’s Got Talent a few years ago. ‘This could not happen if the sponsor did not donate instruments,’ Kadie says. ‘What would we have done without him? What will families do? I don’t know. One of Sheku’s strings cost £80. A cello bow is £2,000. The trains, the sheet music the overnight stays.’ All adds up so some assume they are rich like elite musicians of Royal Academy. Some are talented children from state schools joining private sector as parent with hole in shoes,’ says Kadie making extraordinary sacrifice for the children. Stuart says, we spend money on them as more important priority even if none a professional musician it is still worth it. ‘Playing instrument teaches discipline, self-belief, the importance of hard work. It gives them confidence. As parent, the joy is seeing them play together, or play on stage. They blossom with confidence in every area of their lives. I don’t think we will look back as money wasted.”Sheku picked up the cello at age six (pictured) and had reached grade eight by the age of nine

Issue of music provision in schools is a ‘woeful, inadequate subject,’ says Kadie. ‘I got free one-to-one lessons at school, I didn’t have a fraction of talent of my children yet not entitled to one-to-one lessons.’ Save for a few small council grants, Kanneh-Masons had no state help but support of schools particularly the comprehensive Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham is vital. ‘It’s a very unusual school, big on orchestras and “normalising” classical music,’ says Stuart. ‘A lot of teenage boys, feel it isn’t “cool” to play an instrument. Mercifully, ours never felt that.’ Meanwhile, race was not an issue for the Kanneh-Mason family until recently. Kadie’s family are from Sierra Leone, West Africa; Stuart’s from Antigua, in Caribbean. At school the children were always part of a mix of cultures. In the classical music world, increasingly aware they were rarities. Sheku is not only the first black winner, but he also attended a comprehensive school - unusual in the highly elite world of classical music

There are few more of us now but at the start in Academy, the only black faces were ours,’ says Isata. In the past few years the older Kanneh-Masons have all started to play in Chineke! Orchestra, Europe’s first professional orchestra solely of black ethnic minority players. Stuart believe change is coming, though, and that his family are at the heart of it. ‘I remember it being a huge thing when the first black footballers played in old First Division. Now look at how many black players there are at highest levels. It takes time but does happen and will.’ Sheku is not only the first black winner, but attended a comprehensive school – unusual in highly elite world of classical music. Sheku is looked up to as a role model for black children especially to help them believe all things are possible with God plus hardwork. Being part of a change is good for orchestra ethnic mix reflecting life in London or Nottingham. The colour of your skin has no bearing on how well you can play.’ Possibly the most extraordinary family watch them whenever you can, so fascinating. Two younger siblings, Konya and Jeneba, are already planning to enter next Young Musician contest taking place in 2018. It is necessary to remember that behind every great success or achievement is a loving, dedicated, supportive family.The Bible says in Matthew 6:25-34, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink or for your body what you will put on. Life is worth more than meat and your body more than clothes. God will supply all your needs according God’s riches in Glory by Christ. GOD PROVIDES NEEDS IN JESUS NAME!!!