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Music

Congesso Music Download

We had such a wonderful Congresso da Paz last weekend. Along with playing on the worship team this year, I also filmed, edited and produced a highlight video for the amazing event! This video was played for tens of thousands of people in all the local PAZ Sunday services – 33 locations altogether! Now, without further chatter, here’s the Congresso video!!

Praise God for such a wonderful Congresso! It makes producing a highlight video much easier when so many great things happened! I had almost an hour of footage of lots of great moments, so I selected some of what I thought was best and got it down to 10 minutes. I continued to whittle away, moving different sections around, intersplicing the Prodigal Son drama with the responses of people until it felt tight. It was then that I could write the music to go along with what was happening in the sound track. I only had one afternoon to work on the music, so I was quite happy with how it turned out. I’m posting the track here for you to download and listen to. Enjoy!

Congresso 09 Soundtrack | 5MB | by Nate

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Click here to see great photos and read more about the Congresso.

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Update

What a Blast!

Some would say we enjoy our work!
Some would say we enjoy our work!

What a thrill it was to participate on the worship team for the opening night of the 2009 Congresso da Paz! I just put up several great photos and a synopsis of the first night at the PAZ website, which you really should click here to read.

Ruth and Becky up in the stands cheering away
Ruth and Becky up in the stands cheering away

Since I played on the worship team, I handed my camera off to my father-in-law Jeff who made good use of his all-access-PAZ-director standing and went all over the stadium and field taking these great pictures (as well as the ones on the PAZ site). Tonight I will once again have a camera in hand as the amazing feature presentation will start. Keep praying!

Once the church's new building is completed, playing in front of 10,000 people at once will be a weekly occurance!  Praise God for the great things happening here!
Once the church's new building is completed, playing in front of 10,000 people at once will be a weekly occurance! Praise God for the great things happening here!
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Some really, really loud piano

I just got back from the rehearsal and sound check for the opening night of Congresso da Paz 2009 and I can safely say that I have never played a piano as loud as I just did! That is until later on tonight, of course! 🙂 We’re counting on your prayers to make this the greatest Congresso da Paz yet – we’re praying for over 2,000 people to come to Christ!

Even though it was super hot, everyone was excited to have finally arrived at the last day of the Congresso. As the band sound checked and warmed up, Forta – the coordinator behind the sets, dances and dramas – was busy with his crew fixing damage to the set caused by a storm two nights ago.

Here are a few pics – the next post I make should be after the Congresso!!

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Anticipation Builds

The baby belly

The anticipation just keeps building around our house – right along with Ruth’s belly! She’s now halfway through her pregnancy and she looks like she 6 months through! Each and every day we thank God for the blessing of the twins and as November approaches, we just keep thinking of all the things we need to get done before then. Ruth has all kinds of projects lined up – at least I know she won’t be bored while I’m gone visiting the States! We are so very thankful for your prayers and support as we trust God for a perfect delivery and perfect health for Ruth.

But twin girls are just one of the births we’re anticipating. This weekend our church in Santarém is preparing for 2,000 people to be born again – yes!!! It’s the weekend of our annual Congresso da Paz, and we couldn’t be more ready. I have been asked to play piano on the worship team to open up this great event in the largest venue Santarém has to offer. What an amazing privilege and honor! We’re trusting God to grow our cell group and we’re praying hard that 2,000 people might come into the Kingdom – future leaders, pastors, missionaries and statesmen for the LORD!! Please pray with intensity for us in this time. I just wrote an article on the PAZ website with the specific prayer requests, so please click here to read more about the event. God bless!

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All the women in our family!
All the women in our family!

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Lives

Noah’s Ark becomes a new church construction plan

Done with our preparations, we head back to Santarém and say goodbye to our brothers and sisters in Piracaoera

The day after helping Joaquim and the short-termers with the finishing touches on our new church plant in Iruçanga (see the last article), I went out with Joaquim again, this time on the flooded Amazon River to go visit another church construction work in progress. The community of Piracaoera lies along the Amazon River and is completely under water. PAZ has been helping this area recently because of the devastating floods that have destroyed many homes. In the midst of these floods, we are also building a new church! This church was recently featured in a video I put up on the PAZ website – click here to see it. The purpose of our trip was to prepare for the next work team that will be helping soon.

We piled into the little speedboat and went out into the great Amazon. I was amazed by how high the water is, even after it’s gone down by about a meter. So come with us now on the flooded Amazon River. Just click the first picture below and advance the slideshow with your arrow keys. ?????? ?????? ????? ??????? ?????? ?????

The floor of this church isn’t even done yet, and people and fisherman are already using it for shelter! It’s one of the only places for miles around that is above the water. Because the church has opened its doors (that aren’t even hung yet), good will in the community has grown greatly, and by God’s grace we will see this church grow greatly because of it.

Thousands of years ago, Noah built a wooden ark as instructed by the Lord. It was a refuge to him, his family and all sorts of animals. Today we are still building arks as instructed by the Lord, but now for people. These arks are called churches and are a refuge for those in the flood; a place to find salvation in Jesus Christ.