Ione’s Music

Ione was a gifted musician from an early age, principally a vocalist. Her voice was heard for 5 years by hundreds and hundreds in 33 states at churches and schools while she sang with the Sunshine Gospel Trio, a singing group sent out by Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

She also played piano, autoharp, and accordion but mostly enjoyed organizing choral groups among the Congolese community for most of her missionary life. She also lead missionary children’s choirs at Stanleyville and later on at Rethy Academy in northeast Congo.

Here are some rare samplings of Ione singing and choral work:



Only Glory Bye and Bye
(Trio on MP3 file)

Wonderful Story of Love
(Trio on MP3 file)

Onward Ever Upward
(Stanleyville Children’s Home choir – November 1964 – on MP3 file)