So in case you haven’t read about it yet on the Philippine Star’s website, last Friday, the Every Nation group of churches (my church, Victory Christian Fellowship, being a member of this group) set a new world record for the most languages sung in a single song. The event was our World Convergence, which we have every three years to celebrate how God has strengthened our church across nations.
It. Was. Amazing.
Fifty different tongues all praising God in one of the most widely-known and widely-translated Christian hymns of all time — the sound was like you could only IMAGINE Revelation would sound like. Here is the complete list of languages, courtesy of the EN2010 website:
Full list of languages performed by Every Nation at EN2010:
- Sign language
Probably the most tearjerking was it being sung in Cherokee, because if you’ve studied American History, you’ll know this factoid (again stolen from the EN2010 website).
The Story of Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace was written by John Newton, a former slave ship captain who came to Christ. Many people believe the melody of Amazing Grace is actually an old African folk song that Newton would have heard as the singing of the slaves wafted up from the hold of his slave ship. One of the most beloved Christian songs, Amazing Grace has been translated into almost every language in every nation. It is also referred to as the “National Anthem” of the Cherokee Indians, who sang Amazing Grace to encourage one another on the “Trail of Tears” as they were led on a forced relocation of almost 2,000 km on which 4,000 men, women and children perished.
I’m still feeling the aftershocks of what truly was a paradigm-shifting experience. Stay tuned for my EN2010 photoblog post!