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The CD is Ready! Now Comes the Congresso!!

Our Wonderful Worship Team
Our Wonderful Worship Team

Two months of intense work have paid off as I just sent off our worship team’s first praise & worship CD entitled Por Ti (For You) for duplication. Ten thousand copies are being made for the launch of the new CD as our worship team leads the worship for the annual Congresso da Paz, the huge 3-night evangelistic event featuring impressive dramas, sets, dances, skits, praise and worship, preaching and — most importantly —salvation! Thousands upon thousands pack out our local soccer stadium to be impacted by the phenomenal event. It is always a highlight in our year.

We covet your prayers as we ask the Lord for a powerful manifestation of His Presence that inspires worship and praise and opens the doors for the salvation of hundreds — even thousands of people! The event will happen Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 2-4. The whole worship team has been fasting and praying since we started preparing for the event two months ago and we continue to fast until the event happens. Check out this short video of highlights from last years’ Congresso.

Another exciting aspect of this years’ Congresso is that all of the proceeds from the CD are going to help the church build its new building that will hold over 10,000 people. Our church right now has an estimated 42,000 people that meet in 45 services all over the city, so this project, we pray, will greatly help the church build it’s new, badly needed building. We don’t want growth to be stagnated because of logistics like building size!

The Girls Grow and Cheer

Aunt Hannah visits!
Aunt Hannah visits!

The girls continue to grow, grow, grow and are a huge success wherever we go. They have both learned how to shake their heads “no.” Needless to say, we are trying to teach them “yes.” They grab for everything, so going into certain stores has now become scary. They talk and talk and talk, even though no one understands them, but we pretend that we do. 🙂 They love car rides and Anna has a new-found love for dogs.

This month is their first true introduction to soccer in Brazil as they compete in the World Cup. The girls wear their green and yellow colors proudly as we cheer Brazil on to what will be their 6th World Cup win!

The girls cheer on Brazil to victory!
The girls cheer on Brazil to victory!

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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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Two Easter Hymns for You

The "Sing the Power" Cover Art from 2001This morning as I was working on an update for the Project AmaZon website (it’s a great update- go check it out!), I was listening to my music in iTunes. Set to “Random,” the song When I Survey came on – a piano solo/arrangement I did several years ago while I was worship pastor at First Free in Moline. It and another Easter Hymn I love called Were You There? made their way onto the 1st CD I ever produced, Sing the Power: A Collection of Hymns As the lyrics of the wonderful hymn went through my head, I was filled with praise and wonder at the love of God all over again! Hallelujah! I wanted to share these two songs with you today, on Good Friday, the day we especially remember what God did for us. May your Easter be filled with powerful worship to the Risen King! Enjoy these arrangements. (You may want to right-click these links and choose to save the files.)

When I Survey | 4:49 | 6.8MB | Arranged and played by Nate
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Were You There? | 7:18 | 10.4MB | Arranged and played by Nate
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