The Voices of Myanmar Gospelchoir was founded in 2010 when refugee communities from Myanmar sought a way to say thank you for the opportunity to find refuge in this country. The civil war in Myanmar, from which these Karen children were rescued, is the longest civil war in the history of the world, having begun in 1948.
Mark Andrew Ritchie grew up in the poverty and strangeness of Afghanistan, the deep south of Texas, and an Oregon-coast logging town. While doing a career in the financial pits of The Chicago Board of Trade, he orchestrated, directed, and recorded an album, sang with the world famous New Traditions Chorus, and directed countless choirs and bands. But after following his amazing wife to work with orphans in Asia, he discovered their natural singing talent. He now faces the goal of introducing them to America.
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