that this ministry is very crucial, even urgent, for
2) The tradition of hymns should be cherished:
believe that traditional hymns that have passed down from our spiritual
ancestors are something we should cherish and deliver to our next generation,
which is why we prefer hymn arrangements and commend participants to prepare
musical pieces based on a solid hymn tradition. There are tremendous spiritual
and artistic values in traditional hymns, which are unfortunately being lost in
a very fast pace. It's not a problem that the new generation enjoys new worship
songs - it's a blessing. However, traditional hymns have many invaluable things:
solid theology, sound doctrine, beautiful and poetic expressions, and various
musical styles that are not often found these days. The praise festivals proved
to be a very effective tool for reviving and cherishing these treasures. Many
children who never heard of such hymns came to know them, even came to enjoy
them, as they began to understand the
message and the beauty embedded in them.
3) Children and youth are our future:
The age group of 4-18 is crucial in many regards, especially for evangelism.
From a missions standpoint, our interest in the 4 to 14 age group is not only because they are the most receptive, but also because as we will see, they are often the most effective agents of mission. Of course, Jesus understood their worth: "I praise you Father, Lord of heaven and earth," He said, "because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure" (Matthew 11:25-26). - from 4/14 Window brochure
is considered as a very effective and even necessary tool for children to learn
Jesus' love and the biblical truth, because God has given music an enormous
power to mould listeners' character, which could eventually change their life. For
last twelve years we have witnessed such transformation happening in the
children who participated in this event. Rev. Luis Buch, the initiator of 4/14
Window movement which focuses evangelism on the age group between 4 and 14,
also recognizes the need of a more holistic approach to children, which also includes
Their musical talent can be discovered through it. We adults are responsible for detecting their talents as soon as possible and developing them accordingly. If you don't exert your children to do their best, you might never find their true possibilities and eventually their talents will be wasted undetected. Thankfully, there are many children who have realized their talents through this event. Since the God-given talent should be given back to Him for His glory, we pray that as many children as possible could join this event and find their gifts before it is too late.
It gives them opportunities of musical education and scholarship. We not rarely meet those children who were taught in a wrong way. We hope to guide them in the right direction, sometimes by helping their teachers. That's why we held summer praise camp for children and youth in the past. We are planning to hold praise camp again, if there are enough participants. Moreover, in order to support those rarely talented but needy children and youth, we are giving scholarships.
As a result, it blesses their families, teachers, churches, and communities. We have seen many blessings that have poured out on the parents, churches, and communities through the participants. For God dwells in their praises (Ps 22:3), it touches the hearts of those who are near; some parents and teachers came to Jesus through this ministry. Many churches also have experienced many blessings through children who praised God with well-prepared hymn arrangements in worship service.