Songs from Mission Explorers Africa: The Musical
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This musical may be done as a simple, concert version or any variation up to a fully-staged, Broadway-style musical.

Funga alafia, ah-shay, ah-shay. Funga alafia, ah-shay, ah-shay. 
Funga alafia, ah-shay, ah-shay. Funga alafia, ah-shay, ah-shay.

(two bars of instrumental to set the faster tempo; all kids join in)
We're here to greet you, ah-shay, ah-shay. We're here to greet you, ah-shay, ah-shay. 
We're here to greet you, ah-shay, ah-shay. We're here to greet you, ah-shay, ah-shay.

(16-bar instrumental break with heavy percussion; high-energy, joyful choreography; this is a song to welcome Hillary and company)

(hushed, breathless staccato) 
Funga alafia, ah-shay, ah-shay. Funga alafia, ah-shay, ah-shay. 
Funga alafia, ah-shay, ah-shay. Funga alafia, ah-shay, ah-shay.

(suddenly loud again; full-out)
Funga alafia, ah-shay, ah-shay. Funga alafia, ah-shay, ah-shay. 
Funga alafia, ah-shay, ah-shay. Funga alafia, ah-shay, ah-shay.
Funga alafia, ah-shay, ah-shay. Funga alafia, ah-shay, ah-shay. 
(2-bar percussion break)
(strong solo voice) Funga alafia, ah-shay, ah-shay.


(solo) Jesus will give you the water of life, (all) freely, freely.
(solo) Jesus will give you the water of life, (all) you’ll never be thirsty again.
(solo) Drink from that fountain and you will live, (all) freely freely.
(solo) Drink from that fountain and you will live, (all) sing, “Hallelujah! Amen!”

(all) Water of life (clap-clap), water of life (clap-clap), you’ll never be thirsty again.
Water of life (clap-clap), water of life (clap-clap), sing, “Hallelujah! Amen!”

(solo) Nothing sustains like the water of life, (all) freely, freely.
(solo) Nothing sustains like the water of life, (all) you’ll never be thirsty again.
(solo) Life-giving water for all who believe, (all) freely, freely.
(solo) Life-giving water for all who believe, (all) sing, “Hallelujah! Amen!”

(all) Water of life (clap-clap), water of life (clap-clap), you’ll never be thirsty again.
Water of life (clap-clap), water of life (clap-clap), sing, “Hallelujah! Amen!”
Water of life (clap-clap), water of life (clap-clap), you’ll never be thirsty again.
Water of life (clap-clap), water of life (clap-clap), sing, “Hallelujah! Amen!”
Sing, “Hallelujah! Amen!” Sing, “Hallelujah! Amen!”


(Mr. R solo) 
Anywhere He calls you, whether near or far,
Anyone you meet, no matter where you are,
(Mrs. R solo) 
Anywhere you’re going in your life today,
Anyone you see, they need to know the way.

(Mr. & Mrs. R duet) 
Anywhere! Anyone! Let the good news flow. 
Share the love of Jesus everywhere you go.

(Hillary solo) 
Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go.
Anyone around me, I can let them know.
Anywhere He leads me, I will never fear.
Anyone He shows me, I will volunteer.

(Hillary, Mr. & Mrs. R, Carey, Mrs. W) 
Anywhere! Anyone! Let the good news flow. 
Share the love of Jesus everywhere you go.
Anywhere! Anyone! People need to know. 
Share the love of Jesus everywhere you go.
Share the love of Jesus everywhere you go.


Tap, tap, tap, people look for buried treasure.
Dig, dig, dig, finding gold beneath the ground.
Work, work, work, does it really give you pleasure?
Drill, drill, drill, down and down until it’s found.

What are you looking for, way down in the dark?
Let Jesus shine His light right into your heart!
He is the Treasure that nobody can steal.
Only His eternal life is true and real.

Knock, knock, knock, He will wait for you to open.
Ask, ask, ask, Jesus helps you when you pray.
Yes, yes, yes, He will heal you when you’re broken.
Seek, seek, seek, you will find Him day by day.

What are you looking for, way down in the dark?
Let Jesus shine His light right into your heart!
He is the Treasure that nobody can steal.
Only His eternal life is true and real.

What are you looking for, way down in the dark?
Let Jesus shine His light right into your heart!
He is the Treasure that nobody can steal.
Only His eternal life is true and real.

(half-time) Only His eternal life is (quarter-time) true… and… real.
(shouted) True and real!


(Jason & Emma) Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate creation!
Celebrate! Celebrate! The Lord God, He made them all.
Join the song! Sing His praise! Celebrate creation!
Lift your voice, night and day! The Lord God, He made them all.

(Jason) He made the hippopotamus. 
(all) Celebrate creation!
(Emma) And also the rhinoceros. 
(all) The Lord God, He made them all.
(Jason) The zebra with its stripes so bold. 
(all) Celebrate creation!
(Emma) The lion with its mane of gold. 
(all) The Lord God, He made them all.

(all) Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate creation!
Celebrate! Celebrate! The Lord God, He made them all.
Join the song! Sing His praise! Celebrate creation!
Lift your voice, night and day! The Lord God, He made them all.

(Emma) Giraffes can reach up to the sky. 
(all) Celebrate creation!
(Jason) The monkey’s swinging way up high. 
(all) The Lord God, He made them all.
(Emma) Elephants have those crazy trunks. 
(all) Celebrate creation!
(Jason) The wildebeest can run and jump. 
(all) The Lord God, He made them all.

(all) Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate creation!
Celebrate! Celebrate! The Lord God, He made them all.
Join the song! Sing His praise! Celebrate creation!
Lift your voice, night and day! The Lord God, He made them all.

(Repeat chorus, but instead of lyrics, the kids do wild animal sounds for the first six bars. Please avoid farm animal sounds.)
(wild animal sounds) Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate creation!
Celebrate! Celebrate! The Lord God, He made them all.
Join the song! Sing His praise! Celebrate creation!
Lift your voice, night and day! The Lord God, He made them all.

The Lord God, He made them all. The Lord God, He made them all.
(shouted) He made them all!


(Hillary) When we start to feel bored,
In our walk with the Lord,
And we don’t think He knows when we pray,
(Richard) Though we can’t hear His voice,
Still we must make the choice,
And remember to trust and obey.

(all) Trust and obey, let the Lord lead the way,
Even though you can’t see how He will use you today.
Trust and obey, He will not run away.
He will stay by your side while you are serving each day.

(Hillary & Richard) When we’re planting good seeds,
But we see only weeds,
And we don’t think the hard work will pay,
(Carey & Mrs. W) We should stick with His plan,
Finish what we began,
And continue to trust and obey.

(all) Trust and obey, let the Lord lead the way,
Even though you can’t see how He will use you today.
Trust and obey, He will not run away.
He will stay by your side while you are serving each day.

(spoken with strict rhythm, as in rap music)
Trust and obey! He’ll show you the way!
Trust and obey! Serve Him today!
Trust and obey! He’ll show you the way!
Trust and obey! Serve Him today!
(two measures of percussion only)
(joyfully shouted in rhythm) Trust and obey! Trust and obey!


By grace alone, through faith alone,
It’s something we could never earn.
With Jesus near, we’re right at home,
The best thing we could ever learn.

The grace of God, though we don’t deserve.
The grace of God, I’m so glad you heard.

Through faith in Christ, we just believe,
We’re now God’s children, you and me.
It’s God’s free gift we must receive.
His gift is what has set us free.

The grace of God, though we don’t deserve.
The grace of God, I’m so glad you heard.
The grace of God, we believe it’s true.
The grace of God, free for me and you.


AFRICA FINALE (all children sing)
Water of life (clap-clap), water of life (clap-clap), you’ll never be thirsty again.
Water of life (clap-clap), water of life (clap-clap), sing, “Hallelujah! Amen!”

12-bar percussion break: choreography or acting out a game

What are you looking for, way down in the dark?
Let Jesus shine His light right into your heart!
He is the Treasure that nobody can steal.
Only His eternal life is true and real.

12-bar percussion break: choreography or acting out another game

Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate creation!
Celebrate! Celebrate! The Lord God, He made them all.
Join the song! Sing His praise! Celebrate creation!
Lift your voice, night and day! The Lord God, He made them all.

12-bar percussion break: choreography or acting out yet another game

(spoken with strict rhythm, as in rap music)
Trust and obey! He'll show you the way!
Trust and obey! Serve Him today!
Trust and obey! He'll show you the way!
Trust and obey! Serve Him today!
(two measures of percussion only)
(shouted in rhythm) Trust and obey! Trust and obey!
 
 
 
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