Global Worship Report
Vol 1, No 7

Global Worship Report - Vol 1, No 7

November, 1998
Edited by Frank Fortunato
Coordinator, AD2000 Worship and Arts Network

  1. NORTH KOREA: Believers face martyrdom quoting hymns
  2. ALASKA: Reclaiming native worship expressions
  3. IVORY COAST: Short-termers experience indigenous worship
  4. PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Unique Missions and Music opportunity
  5. LAMAR BOSCHMAN: On the future trends in worship
  6. RESOURCE: Book and CD on Indigenous Hymnody
  7. UPDATE ON MISSIONS SONGBOOK: Let the Nations Rejoice
  8. HUMOR: The new Laodician Hymnal


(Another in a series of reports from North Korea on the way God has sustained his persecuted people there through their united worship. Here is yet another story of the incredible faith of the North Korean believers).

When government officials discovered thirty Christians living underground, the officials brought them out before the people for a public execution. For years these Korean saints had lived in hand-dug tunnels beneath the earth. In a fury, the dictator demanded that the Christians renounce their faith. He ordered the children seized first. Even facing the death of their children, not one of the believers would deny their faith. The godless dictator called for a steamroller to be brought in. He then proceeded to have the Christians lay on the ground while the steamroller drove over them. The Christians found strength in a song they had often sung together. "More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee. Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy Praise; More love, O Christ, to Thee."

(As reported in Voice of the Martyrs, July, 1998.)


(As reported by Richard Twiss, leader of the World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People. The WCGIP event was reported about in a previous GWR). "On Tuesday afternoon I taught on the value of the cultural expressions of Native people in God's redemptive purposes for the nations. Afterward we watched the video on last year's Gathering in New Zealand. As the video was coming to a close I began to hear a few people gently weeping and crying. The song had just been sung that says: Listen to the sound of the people coming back, their deliverer has come with compassion. Look and see the women in their dignity, strength and purity, for they choose to walk in the light. Listen to the sound of the people coming back, praise in their hearts instead of heaviness, look and see the warriors are full of hope, courage and humility for they choose to walk in the light."

Behind the music you see the people dancing, praying, and worshiping in their traditional regalia and movements. The crying became more widespread and louder. When the video ended and the credits were rolling nearly everyone in the room was crying. Many began to wail and lament. It seemed as though there was the sense of deep loss while at the same time the overwhelming joy of the return of something of great value that had been lost. People said when they saw the Native people in the video dancing they wanted to be free to do the same thing but felt the loss of not being able to. One said they felt the Lord was giving back to them their Native culture. As a culmination of the conference many people were set free by God. Almost the whole church one by one came up to play, each being set free as they began to play and worship. It seems that spiritual history was being made that week."

(For more information, contact Stina Rhoades


"We began with a week of ethnomusicology training at the Wycliffe Bible Translators school in Dallas, Texas. We also learned about the role of music in missions and the importance of music in the Bible, as well as West African culture. Once in the Ivory Coast we did several mini-workshops on worship to encourage the Abidji people to use their own "heart music" in worship and not just the translated French hymns. We had participants divide into groups to practice composing a song in their own tribal language using their Scriptures. We moved on to the Adioukrous people and were involved with research and conducting interview with choir leaders to learn about their traditional music. WE recorded choirs and traditional styles of music. We took drum lessons from several little boys. We then returned to the Abidjis to conduct a three-day Scripture Music Workshop. Participants were given Abidji Bible verses and told to compose new songs for worship. The last day was spent recording the songs to give the Abidji their own scripture song cassette. One believer shared: "Today I see that God is Abidji!"

(Excerpted from a prayer letter from Lisa Stoltzfus. For the full report, email her at (<> (See below for opportunity to join next year's program in Papua New Guinea).


The above story by Lisa is part of Wycliffe's very unique short-term program called Discovery. This special summer program combines missions exposure with practical hands-on involvement using ethnic music. Next summer's program will take place in Ukarampa, PNG. For information contact Wycliffe (

To order the Discovery brochure contact Wycliffe at (


  1. FROM PASSIVE TO MORE ACTIVE WORSHIP: We are learning that worship is not something done "for" us but "by" us. The Lord is the only audience and we all are the worship priests. The platform ministries are merely the prompters and facilitators for the congregational worship.
  2. MOVEMENT TOWARD MORE SPONTANEITY: An increasing number of leaders see the importance of extemporaneous expressions of worship, allowing people to use their own words and sometimes their own melodies to express their exalting of the Lord.
  3. MORE VERTICAL FOCUS IN WORSHIP: Singing "to" the Lord brings a "face-to-face encounter more than singing songs "about" Him. Worship renewal comes with a visitation with the Lord and not just a visit with others.
  4. A GREATER DESIRE FOR CHRIST-CENTERED WORSHIP: Some come to a worship service because they need a word, or a blessing. If that is our only pursuit it can lead to a humanistic man- centered, rather than Christ-centered worship. Church leaders are re-evaluating their mission statement asking "why do we gather on Sunday?"
  5. AN INCREASED HUNGER TO WORSHIP PRIVATELY: More and more believers have a desire to develop a life-style of worship, focusing on spiritual zeal and passion for God.
  6. MORE INTEREST IN HISTORICAL WORSHIP: Evangelical and charismatic leaders are taking a look at the liturgies that have been used by the Church for two millenniums. There is a convergence of worship styles that are rooted in Scriptures, been developed through history and are mixed with a passion for God's presence.
  7. A DESIRE FOR THE PRESENCE OF GOD: Many Christians are longing for spiritual impetus in their worship and a dissatisfaction with a worship service that is routine and lacking of spiritual power. Worshiping churches seek to develop a worship that is open to the presence of God, aware of mystery and committed to participation of all.
  8. WORSHIP USED IN EVANGELISM: Taking worship outside of the walls of the church is changing our paradigm of worship.
  9. MORE CULTURALLY RELEVANT WORSHIP: As ethnic groups continue to migrate, worship in our churches will change as well. The church will try to follow the cultural music mix of their community if they desire to be effective in reaching them with contemporary worship.

(Excerpted from two articles by LaMar Boschman Ministries, P.O. Box 130, Bedford, TX 76095 fax: 817-354-9608, Tel: 817-540-1826.)


This annotated bibliography resource by Dianne Palmer-Quay is in two parts, both book and CD-ROM. The book surveys the level of indigenous hymnody around the world, discusses the missionary's role as a catalyst and highlights sociological factors which influence the development of locally appropriate hymns. Fifty key resources are extensively annotated in the bibliography. These readings will assist any missionary in developing the skills necessary to successfully encourage indigenous Christian music. The CD ROM contains bibliographic data on more than 500 readings on music and missions in the English language, many with a brief annotation. Although these readings are also listed in the appendix, indexed by geographic region and major topic, the CD-ROM offers greater search capabilities. Annual updates to the database are planned. The anticipated release of this resource is early 1999.

For more information, contact SIL Ethnomusicology Department (


A pre-release edition of the songbook of the AD2000 Movement Worship and Arts Track, called "Let the Nations Rejoice-Worship Songs Declaring God's Glory) has just been released. It includes 32 contemporary choruses and hymns from various parts of the world. The songs celebrate the global reign of the Lord and challenge people to involvement. A special feature of the book is an annotated table of contents with brief summaries on the themes of each song. Included in the book are resources with worship quotes, mini-studies on some of the attributes of God, excerpts from articles on global worship, information on getting connected to more resources, and more. The pre-release edition costs $10 which includes postage and handling. The first edition will be priced at $15. A demo CD of the songs, recorded by Scott Wesley Brown will be released in the new year. It will include 13 songs with vocal tracks, and the same 13 songs without vocal tracks. The CD will be priced at $12).

The pre-release book is ready for ordering. Send $10 check in US$ made payable to OM Literature, or your credit card number (Visa, Mastercard or Discover) to OM Literature. PO Box 1047. Waynesboro, GA. 30830.


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