“Let Christ’s word with all its wisdom and richness live in you. Use psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to teach and instruct yourselves about God’s kindness. Sing to God in your hearts.” (from God’s Word Translation) As the theme verse for Godstruck Ministries 4 Kids, Colossians 3:16 speaks to the heart and soul of why this ministry exists. Our mission is to help children hide God’s Word and principles in their hearts through His wonderful gift of music. He has brought together a team of individuals who love the Lord and who have contributed the talents and abilities He has given each one for this vision to become a reality.
Godstruck Ministries 4 Kids and the “Sing God’s Word” projects were born out of a desire several years ago to set VBS Bible verses to catchy tunes of different genre. In a VBS setting where many verses may be presented over a very short time, it is highly unlikely that if they are just stated verbally, they will be retained. But, giving those same verses melodies and providing interesting accompaniments greatly increases the likelihood of memorization. In late May/early June 2003, songs were written and accompaniments prepared for eight VBS Bible verses. Directly following, soloists and a small children’s choir were given the music and demo CDs. With only a few hours of rehearsal, the soloists and the children’s choir were recorded by members of the sound team in the local church. The results were amazing! The songs were taken to a mission’s trip Elementary VBS where they were used with puppets and sung in kids’ church for the entire week. Kids would sing, praise, dance and clap along when the songs were played. At the same time, two-year-old Korilynn Langdon was listening to the Scripture songs in the car on errands with her mom. After just a couple weeks, she was singing the songs on her own and saying the verses with nothing more than the CD as her teacher.
The following fall, more songs were assembled for a church campaign using the campaign’s verses, the church kids’ choir and soloists, and the in-house sound team to record and produce the CD. The songs were used in children’s church for the duration of the campaign, and CDs were sold at a nominal cost so the children could listen on their own. Many children and their families reaped the benefits of the wonderful combination of music and The Word.
Using the same CD in a local preschool class, three and four year old children listened to these same verses, with others added, to have an alphabetical verse of the week. Again, singing, dancing and clapping accompanied the sessions. The young children were often able to sing and recite on their own what had been done in class.
Shortly thereafter, the CD was taken on a journey around the world (Semester at Sea) where Kelley Langdon used it to entertain children in countries such as Thailand, Kenya and South Africa. On a later trip, the songs were shared with children in Kazakhstan and Germany. More dancing (in the streets), more joy and more connection with The Word made that one simple CD a very complex force for sharing Scripture with children. Ways to further this result were considered at this time.
Interfacing with professionals in the Christian music industry generated enthusiasm and inspiration to create a CD using contemporary music with a storyline for a target age of six to twelve years. After much prayer, writing, rewriting, time creating the instrumentation, and patience waiting on the LORD for the right people and circumstances, recording began in August 2010 for “Sing God’s Word – Psalms in Tune.” God’s hand was evident in the assembling of talented university students, equipment that was procured at more than reasonable cost or available on loan, and two quality children’s choirs. He provided the recording venue and the professionals to get the job done. It is God’s Word and His work for the world, and to Him be all the glory!
Under the umbrella of Godstruck Ministries, LLC, Godstruck Ministries 4 Kids endeavors to be: God-honoring, Service-oriented, Truth-based, Relevant, Ultra fun, Creative, Kid-friendly, Musically moving, Lyrically inspiring.
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