In my conversations with the missionaries, IÂ learned of the differences of specific needs for worship music in various countries.Â As mentioned in my last blog posting, there is a strong need for grace-filled worship music in Chile.Â Throughout the week at the conference, I spoke to many missionaries in Ireland who all expressed a need for a merging of the traditional Irish music with contemporary Western worship music. Â Since there is currently no authentic Irish worship music, worship leaders are having to pull from our Western contemporary worship music. Â They would like to see the ...
As you know, I was unable to get on the internet most of the time while in Spain, so my blog posts are a week behind, however I wanted to still share with you.Â It was such a blessing to worship and fellowship with over 400 missionaries from all over the world including Vienna, Ireland, London, Uganda, and more. Through talks over dinner, in between sessions, and anytime I was able to, I gained so much knowledge and insights of the similarities and the differences of the spiritual culture around the world, as well as their needs.
Missionaries in Chile expressed the need for the message of Grac...
KENYA 2013 - Joal 06/01/13-Tohru and the Guitar Strings Made it to South Sudan
Thanks for the guitar strings and the awesome time of worship at SLC.Â I mentioned a while back that one of the students at Gideon TheologicalÂ CollegeÂ would probably enjoy having new sets of strings. His name is Yuna and I gave him the strings you passed me.Â Iâ€™ve attached a picture of him with them.Â He was very appreciative.Â He's a good friend of ours. Blessings.
Back home with internet!!!Â Unfortunately, I was unable to send out blogs, etc. as I was planning to throughout the trip, due to spotty internet while in Spain.Â So here it is:
What started as a journey taking too long to get there, ended as a memorable trip that ended way too soon.Â Some of you know of the struggles our team had traveling to Spain; the Nashville team members with the exception of 1, had to fly out a day later after discovering that their first flight was canceled. What you may not have known is that the Florida team members along with some of the World Harvest Mission staf...
Kurt–Hello everyone from Spain!!! We have had such a life changing event so far. TheÂ team that you help send and the missionaries who spread Gods GRACE to the wholeÂ world have been changed for ever.The world will be a better place because of this trip. We received a standing ovation this morning from the group but it is we who should stand for them for all they do in the world. I could go on and on about how special this time is, but I won’t.
I will say this: your gifts to us have made a huge difference in the lives of these missionaries and for World Music Mission in the future. We have ma...
Brian – As I reflect on my time here, I’m struck once again by the hearts of the missionaries I’ve met.Â My conversations with them have been rich, and I’m humbled by their humility and strength.Â The stories I’ve heard have been a mix of funny, inspiring, and at times, heart wrenching.Â Some of the people I’ve spoken with live in very difficult circumstances, and even the ones who are stationed in more welcoming cultures have all kinds of challenges – from issues with finding enough financial support, to subtle (or not so subtle) obstructions that are put in their way to make their lives a...
As I continue to meet missionaries, I am awed by the difficult situations that they must endure.Â One recent meal involved a conversation with a family dealing with many difficulties. Â As the husband/father discussed the challenges to him and his family with the difficult cross-cultural situation, I was struck by how “normal” they seemed as they enjoyed their meal. Â They could have been any family on vacation if I didn’t know the back story about the difficulties of their posting and family. Â And yet, I saw them later that night during worship singing with their hands held high . . .