Back to Belgium

Tomorrow I hop on a plane and head to Belgium for an HSI songwriting workshop! We are partnering with WEC International’s art division, Resonance. The team leader and three teammates are from WEC. I’m the HSI representative. Please pray as we hold two workshops. The purposes of the workshops are:

Workshop 1: Seminar for Trainers
• Inspire and excite regarding ethnodoxology (heart music, releasing others)
• To demonstrate two group songwriting models
• To introduce multicultural worship as heart music diversity
• To equip to do the sameWorkshop 2: Songwriting Workshop for Local Church Musicians
• Inspire
• Encourage confidence in rightness of songwriting
• Facilitate creativity
• Write songs

The OM team in Zaventem is in a Flemish part of Belgium. The OM Belgium musicians team has a burden to see church musicians writing Flemish worship music for the church. Flemish is written like Dutch, but spoken differently. Currently, the Flemish church sings Dutch worship songs or English translated songs. Flemish Christian musicians who write secular music haven’t seen the point of writing for the church. Historically, many missionaries who have come have treated the Flemish as though they were Dutch, but they are culturally very different.

The first part of our workshop will be focused on encouraging and equipping the OM Belgium musicians team, and the second part will be building relationships with and encouraging Flemish musicians to “Sing to the Lord a new song” (Psalm 96)!

Prayer Points

➨ Pray for those who have been invited to actually come
➨ Pray for unity and relationships to be built quickly in our HSI-WEC team
➨ Pray for Friday night, when we meet with the Belgian musicians. In a very short time, we want to build relationships and also give a teaser of Saturday’s songwriting workshop.
➨ Pray for songs to be written for the Flemish church. One of the people who invited us said it would be successful if the musicians simply moved in their hearts from not seeing the importance of songwriting to seeing its importance and the impact it could have. We hope this can go a step farther—new songs can come out of the week and even be introduced in local churches next Sunday! Please pray that God would move hearts and spark creativity in this way.
➨ Pray for safety in travel and good health for everyone
➨ Pray for our debriefing time on June 19
➨ This is my first full-fledged HSI workshop. Pray that by the end, I will feel confident enough to co-lead a songwriting workshop in the future.
➨ I may be leading worship one morning but I don’t know yet, so pray for me regarding this.

Flemish Evangelical Church service September 2015

Flemish Evangelical Church service September 2015

Enjoying a Belgian waffle

Enjoying a Belgian waffle

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