Why We Do This

We believe that this ministry is very crucial, even urgent, for

1) There are God's Words:

...Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? (Matt 21:16 KJV)

Let the peoples praise Thee, O God; Let all the peoples praise Thee. (Ps 67:3 NAS)

For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He also is to be feared above all gods.
(1Chr 16:25 NAS)

Above words are some of many important verses which shape the core value of our ministry. If put together, those words urge us to
perfect the praise of children of all the people, so that God may be praised greatly. The Greek word "
καταρτίζω" (translated as "perfect"), in Matt 21:16, also means "prepare, mend, design," which is our mission and vision in its entirety.

The people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. (Isa 43:21 NIV)

The Hebrew word "Tehilla" ('to praise") here is clearly a musical term. NIRV translates it as "I want them sing praise to me." This verse is of special importance, for it reveals man's ultimate purpose in life, even that of our own children.
  

I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs. (Ps 69:30-31 NIV)

As above, God is more pleased by God-glorifying songs and praise music than any sacrifice commanded by Mosaic law, which reveals the special place of praise music ministry in the life of Christians who are the church.

2) The tradition of hymns should be cherished:

We 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

Music 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 music.  

It gives them goals. Children are strongly short-term-goal-oriented. If there is no such goal, they lose motivation. This event with various prizes and opportunities to play music in recitals offers them such tangible goals. Further, they can enjoy the fruit of their practice.

It can effectively protect them from the dangerous influence of the worldly culture. We are faced with depraved, even dangerous cultures of the world day in and day out; especially vulnerable are the pure yet feeble soul of children and youth. As this event is not a one-time thing, but requires months of practicing - the participants do, because they are motivated and have fun -, daily practicing hymns in preparation for the event will help keeping their souls from worldly attacks.

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.