Author: Heart Sounds International

Music & Drama in Tanzania

Harvest season (June-August) is when ngoma (traditional music, dance, and storytelling) is danced, people have time on their hands and a little extra money in their pockets. It’s the best time to visit. We shared stories, studied the Bible together and cre...

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Igniting New Albanian Worship Music

Heart Sounds International (HSI) is a ministry of OM Arts that helps churches all around the world create new worship songs, using their own local expressions of music and arts. In April, a team of five traveled to Kosovo to hold songwriting workshops for l...

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The Power of the Family of God

A woman listens as another sings. Tears flood her eyes. This is the first time that she has attended a prayer meeting that has ended with music ethnically her own and not borrowed from another language. She only knows of perhaps 60-70 believers in her coun...

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Witness to New Beautiful Worship

Three years ago, a team from HSI and an American church visited South Asia to survey the worship life of churches and make plans for a songwriting and recording project with local musicians and pastors. After many years of prayer and preparation, this proje...

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Praise Is Rising

Praise is rising! This is the message that kept coming to the Heart Sounds International team, even as they prepared to travel to Tanzania. The group felt that they should continue in this attitude of praise, and that they would be breaking up ground for se...

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Finding New Ways to Pray

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Heart Sounds International (HSI), works with artistic people who create new indigenous worship music. This creativity often transfers into ...

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Capturing New Songs

Over the decades, the Great Commission mandate has resulted in various calls for involvement. OM’s Heart Sounds International adds its own slight variation: “to see vibrant worshiping communities of Jesus-followers planted.”

God Works Through Numerous Art Forms

It was with great pleasure that HSI entered into its first project last autumn within a particular East Asian region. Our focus was to offer a songwriting workshop and make a recording of ten previously composed worship songs. In addition, the team offered...

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Mining for Local Art Gems in the Philippines

We were a team of almost 20 people (Filipino and American), representing multiple organisations and a variety of art disciplines: music, dance, visual art, photography, audio recording, drama, storytelling, jewelry-making, 3D paper crafts and even quilling....

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Impacting the Youth Through Music

In January, Heart Sounds International sent a team of five to South Asia to work alongside the longest established Christian rock band. For 18 years, this group of men has impacted the lives of youth through its music, inspiring hundreds to become musicians...

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Remember to Expect the Unexpected

Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Sometimes when what has been prayed over and carefully prepared begins, it becomes messy, tangled, and unpleasant. If this is true anywhere, it is true in Africa. But, messy, tangled, and unpleasant is not always disast...

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Praise Reports From Around the World

Heart Sounds International shares some praise reports from around the world.

New Indigenous Worship Recording

It was with great pleasure that HSI entered into its first project last autumn within a particular East Asian region. Our focus was to offer a songwriting workshop and make a recording of ten previously composed worship songs. In addition, the team offered...

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The Importance of Sound

Sounds have a profound impact on people. Audio engineers play a crucial role in Heart Sounds International because they capture the locals combining their indigenous sounds with songs steeped in scripture. In the past several months, audio engineers have be...

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Where do beads come from?

Where do beads come from? Not the question I was expecting to be asked. Little did I know that such a seemingly simple question was to be the pivotal point at which biblical knowledge became spiritual freedom. Our HSI team was in north-eastern Tanzania wher...

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A God who overcomes obstacles

As we went around the circle introducing ourselves, it was clear that God had given the believers a desire for evangelism. These North African believers were musicians who wanted to use their gifts to share the Good News with a neighbouring, unreached peopl...

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