A music teacher, a trash picker, and some kids living in one of the poorest slums in Latin America... Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke right?
Actually, the joke is on the forces of evil that meant to crush the spirit of these incredible people.
You've got to check out this incredible story of beautiful music being made in the most unlikely of places. Violins and cellos made from oil drums, flutes from water pipes and spoons and even guitars from packing crates. They call it "The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura" and all the instruments are made from things found in the trash! One of the quotes from the video that really moved me was, "They give us trash. We give them music."
What beauty could come out of the mess, the pain, the trash, the junk that you're living in the midst of? I hold onto what Paul wrote in Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Recycle your "trash" today, believing that God is able to use it somehow for good.