EN2010: Amazing Grace was never so Amazing

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:

  1. English
  2. Yoruba
  3. Japanese
  4. Zulu
  5. Spanish
  6. Mandarin
  7. Hindi
  8. Korean
  9. Persian
  10. Samoan
  11. Afrikaans
  12. Arabic
  13. Thai
  14. Ibo
  15. Cherokee
  16. Tagalog
  17. Greek
  18. Italian
  19. French
  20. Russian
  21. Burmese
  22. Swedish
  23. Norwegian
  24. Irish
  25. Hawaiian
  26. Dutch
  27. German
  28. Cantonese
  29. Bengali
  30. Setswana
  31. Portuguese
  32. Turkish
  33. Maori
  34. Tongan
  35. Malaysian
  36. Vietnamese
  37. Lao
  38. Cebuano
  39. Nepali
  40. Mongolian
  41. Indonesian
  42. Hokkien
  43. Xhosa
  44. Konkani
  45. Marathi
  46. Gujarati
  47. Lotha-Naga
  48. Tankhul
  49. Manipuri
  50. 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!

~NC

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