Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. – Colossians 3:16
Singing does a world of good. Research continues to reveal the physical and emotional benefits of singing (link to article). The numerous results are positive. They merit further study. However, for believers, the impetus stems from more than acknowledging advantages to our own bodies and minds. We sing in obedience to our Lord’s commands. We sing as an overflow of our adoration. We lift heart and voice to convey lasting truth to ourselves and those who follow. To further consider the “why” for singing, review this article by Tom Olson, who pastors the Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Illinois. Singing is a gift from God to us; it is also a gift to God from us. Letting a virus, disease, politician, stress, or persecution rob us of this privilege hurts us further still than the ill. Many seem to despair at the condition of our country, licking politically based wounds. When we sing the truths of God’s Word, healing can take place. Let the hymn therapy begin!
Singing does a world of good. The truth revealed in a song inscribes important messages within the mind and heart. Jingles, not meant to have eternal importance, stay in our heads when they are put to a catchy tune. Who else remembers from childhood, “My bologna has a first name…?” A favorite session in the first week of Community Health Evangelism (CHE) training shares the importance of using stories and songs. At the end of the lesson, a team will share their own story or song created to convey a truth. Memorable and hilarious results regularly occur.
Debbie has a favorite song (listen here) she frequently shares when teaching that lesson. It is a children’s song learned from Janie Aldridge, a pioneer FWB missionary in Cote d’Ivoire. The lyrics to the ditty tell how soap can wash our face, hands, and feet, but the blood of Jesus is even greater. His blood can wash us on the inside; it cleanses our hearts. From university doctoral students to illiterate mothers in the village, Ivorians have asked her to record the song on their mobile phones as an example for themselves. Memorable songs convey powerful spiritual and physical truths through generations of believers. Never discount the power of singing.
Prayer & Praise
- ???? We have not received the final word that credit was applied to the purchase of an airline ticket for Verlin. It is a story too long to share, but pray that we obtain a good result this week.
- ???? Remember the CHE trainers in Cote d’Ivoire reaching out as volunteers in difficult circumstances.
- ???? Cote d’Ivoire’s travel threat was raised to level 3 in recent days. Terror threats on the country’s northern border and legislative elections in March were the primary cause for the change in status. Ask for peace that the Gospel can freely be shared and daily, worshipful life resume.
Christian Health Service Corps (CHSC) is a mission of dedicated medical professionals who participate in the CHE Global Network. Together, in a loose affiliation of individuals, churches, denominational, and nondenominational agencies, we share God’s Light and Truth through Community Health Evangelism (CHE). Verlin and Debbie accept donor partners to contribute as led to provide support as we maintain residential ministry in Cote d’Ivoire to expand CHE ministries under the auspices of CHSC & Ivorian partners. Tax-deductible contributions by check are to be made payable to the CHSC with Andersons #0118 written on the memo line. Mail to CHSC – PO Box 132 – Fruitvale, TX 75127. Give online via the CHSC @ www.che4a.org (3% fee) or TDF (0% fee).