Since the end of the 1990s there was a small spontaneous Christian group who gathered together to support Myung Whan (Johann) Kim in his devotion to the new praise composition ministry, based on the Bible that commands us to sing with new songs repeatedly (Ps 33:3, 40:3, 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, 149:1, Isa 42:10, Rev 5:9, 14:3). Later Kim named the group as New Praise Support Society (NPSS) according to its mission; with the generous help of the group he could publish many church music scores. However, no one knew that one of those scores, Children's Hymnbook for Piano, would write a new history of church music.
One day in early 1998, on the verge of its completion, Kim heard an inner voice urging him to donate thousand copies of the score, which he instantaneously recognized as the voice of the Holy Spirit. Even though it seemed unachievable, with God's amazing grace it was fulfilled through the support of the NPSS: five years after the incident, as he calculated how many books were donated, it was not only a thousand, but more than fourteen thousand copies to all over the world! Now this book is being donated as freely downloadable score from our webpage.Then God gave him another vision: many children and youth passionately practicing the pieces in the score, and praising God with beautiful music at the recital. This led him to plan the First Children's Hymn Competition at the Hallelujah Christian Church in Bundang, Korea, where he served as worship minister. And in May 2001, it successfully took place with about sixty participants. In 2004, again with God's grace, the same competition began to happen in the United States by a business man, Peter Chung. And in 2007, God opened the door to China, so that this event could happen there by elder, Habok Moon. As of today, the praise festival is taking place annually in about ten cities in three nations.
(Chung parted from us in 2009 under the name of INPASS for organizing events for mostly Koreans in the United States.)
2006 in Korea, USA
2008 in Korea, China, USA
2009 in Korea, China, USA
2011 in Korea, China
2012 in Korea, China, USA
(to be updated)