Organization: University of the Nations
How did you get started in ethnodoxology?
Serving with YWAM in East Africa and Eastern Europe I recognized the desire among other cultures to release their own songs and expressions to their Heavenly Father. I began learning their songs and this encouraged them (and me) to do more and more.
What has been one of your favorite moments in ethnodoxology?
I worked with a Ugandan YWAM music team called “HeartSong” in the 90’s and taught them songwriting principles and vision… they began to write worship songs but also started catching a vision for the power of music to bring Biblical Truth to their people. They started writing very creative and educational songs about fidelity in marriage, AIDS, and male/female relationships. These songs were well received and they sang in schools all throughout their region. Many youth came to the Lord and began serving God and remaining true to their spouses.
What do you hope will be different in 20 years through ethnodoxology?
Because I often teach on songwriting for children’s songs, I believe that new generations of youth in places like China, Nepal, Rwanda, Chile, etc., will grow up singing biblical truths about who God really is. In 20 years (or less!) they will be the songwriters, pastors, and teachers of future generations who are sharing biblical truths in broader circles.