About a week ago, I got back from my second ministry trip this year with Theresa Dedmon, who is the director of Bethel’s Creative Arts Department. We hosted a “Create Supernaturally” conference in Taiwan at Taipei Bread of Life Church, and we also got to visit and bless many other organizations and churches, including 101 Church (which sits on the top of the Taipei 101 building, the tallest building four years ago) and Makoto Fujimura’s art gallery. I chose my favorites encounters and testimonies to share with you all in this post. Continue reading “Create Supernaturally – Taiwan Ministry Trip (Recap & Testimonies)”→
We had a luncheon and creativity seminar for pastors from around the area. Cydney and I arrived earlier with our hosts, so I began to play on the keys and we worshiped for about half an hour as people arrived. When Cindy found out that I played keys and sang, she asked me to lead worship. So I led worship for the first time on this trip. It was a simple set, just me on the keys, but it was so enjoyable. There wasn’t much time to prepare, but I felt great peace as we pressed into the Presence of God.
Worship is one of the greatest pleasures on earth. When I’m on the keys and singing, I feel God’s presence so close. I remember someone once prophesied over me saying, “Your piano is your prayer room.” I’ve found it to be true. Each of us connects to God differently. I’ve discovered that the easiest way for me to connect with God is through worship, especially when I’m sitting at a piano. For some reason, whenever I play the piano and worship, I feel elevated to an otherworldly reality; my spirit is transported to heaven and His presence becomes tangible. Truth becomes so much easier to grasp, and eternity no longer seems so far away.
On Tuesday morning, the girls on the team—Theresa, Cydney, and I—went to Oron to minister at a women’s ministry meeting called Ladies First. During the ministry time, Theresa put me in charge of the prophetic singing booth. I ended up singing prophetically over 10-15 ladies, one after another. Cydney asked me later if I was tired from singing so much. I answered, “No. It blesses me to bless other people.” Each woman seemed so impacted and encouraged by the prophetic song.
Through this experience, I realized all the more just how powerful music is, because music doesn’t just land in the mind; it cuts straight to the heart. I can say and pray the exact same words, but when sung, they carry so much more weight and anointing. I’ve become a firm believer of this.
Even after retuning from this trip, this past Sunday at service, I sang over someone in the ministry line. Then on Monday night, my home group leaders asked me to sing prophetically over two people who had knee pain. Both times, people said that they could feel the peace and presence of God. I feel like it’s become a part of me now, a tool that that I can reach for any time I want, because I exercised it so much during this ministry trip. Praise God for opportunities to be stretched!
On Monday morning, we drove to Geneva, which is considered one of the most international and diverse cities in Switzerland, mainly because the United Nations headquarters is there. Most people in Geneva speak English instead of French, so even Swiss people feel like they are in a foreign country when they visit the city.
By divine connections, our team was given the amazing opportunity to tour the United Nations. We were brought into huge conference halls and given brief commentaries about the history and function of each room. What we discovered was that Art played a huge and integral role in the telling of UN’s history and vision. Each conference room had massive, beautiful pieces of art or paintings that decorated the ceiling and walls. Each painting told a story. Our team was very inspired by this discovery.
In the morning, our team split up to teach three different workshops: 1) Healing in the Arts (taught by Theresa), 2) Arts in the Marketplace (taught by Cydney), and 3) Power of Music (taught by me).
In my workshop, I shared about WHAT the Bible says about the power of music, WHY we should use it, and HOW we can activate it during our outreach and in daily life. Music really is a weapon of spiritual warfare. When we tap into the fullness of what music brings, we are accessing incredible power, and the result of that is great impact and influence. When combined with the Holy Spirit, music can release Healing and Transformation in physical bodies, hearts, culture, societies and nations. Ultimately, music can change the world.
In the words of Bono, “Music can change the world because it can change people.”