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Latin America Praise Report

Church in Mexico

Let me tell you about the praise & worship in the church Amistad de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico. The hall was filled with the expectation of thousands of people. The praise & worship leader shows up and the rythmical praise stars, the whole congregation get charged with freedom and start praising God with joyful shout and dancing. Children go close to the stage

and also start dancing. The Sunday school teachers encourage them to participate in the praise & worship and also dance. The praise& worship leader also starts dancing and even OHP operator starts dancing and then the whole congregation gets excited with joy and freedom.

 

Latin America and praise & worship.

As you all know, Latin America is known with its music. Salsa or Samba are heard in the town and houses. Music is very deeply rooted with daily lives and culture.

Latin American Revival is well associated with miracles, signs, or deliverance as you may see in Anacondia ministry. However, not only that, praise & worship was powerful instrument for the revival. It doesn't only mean the breakthrough by spiritual warfare of praise& worship, but also mean many young people, by participating in the praise & worship ministry, being edified and the revival matured in that way.


About 20 years ago, in Latin America, the fire of the revival had already started but still many churches were spiritually dead without life,

the church was not atrracting people much. Somebody said, 'I really like music even more than eating. But if the church is dead musically, even if you get saved, would you want to go to churh? Would you like to take your friends to church?'

Latin American praise & worship has been intensifying with excitement and passion since 5 years ago. Now, thousands of thousands of people fill the stadium for the praise & worship events. Some of those events start during the day and continue until midnight. If they don't work the next day, they might continue praising God till the morning.

Until about 10 years ago in Latin America, there were only few people that compose original praise & worship songs. They used to translate songs from English to Spanish just like we do in Japan, and sing translated songs. But as the revival grows in Latin America, more and more people are raised to composed original praise & worhsip songs. The vessel like Marcos Witt was born in that time. Now the songs written in Spanish are filling the whole Latin America. Many of those songs were born in the praise & worhsip in local churches and now blessing many nations.

Praise & worship and spiritual warfare.

The characteristic of Latin American praise & worship is the powerfullness of praise and deep presence of the Lord in worship. Their original praise songs have spiritual warfare factor many times.

The lerics like I will destroy all your enemies, Fearful name of the Lord to destroy all the enemies, Paro's chariots and army are thrown into the depth of the sea etc... Also, one song has ' Flee, the spirit of ........' and this way rebuking various demons in the song. When the windows of heaven were not that open, there had been a good time of praise and spiritual warfare until the breakthrough came sometimes.

Also, another characteristic of Latin American praise is dancing. It is not because of the culture but becuase of the spiritual openness. Original rythm leads people to dancing also. What do you think to including Latin American praise & worship in your praise & worhsip if you would like to bring dancing in the praise & worship? In the worship songs, there is a deep presence of the Lord. First leading peole into the spiritual warfare praise and then change from exciting praise into beautiful worship songs where the Holy Spirit manifests deeply.

The fellowship with the Lord changes from the whole into personal and the free worship is done. Send me, I want to live only for you, Break me and transform me, these are the lerics expressing themselves in prayer to the Lord. Many times, in the latter part of the worship when you feel the deep presence of the Lord, prophesy is given.

In the worship songs, there is a deep presence of the Lord. First leading peole into the spiritual warfare praise and then change from exciting praise into beautiful worship songs where the Holy Spirit manifests deeply. The fellowship with the Lord changes from the whole into personal and the free worship is done.

Send me, I want to live only for you, Break me and transform me, these are the lerics expressing themselves in prayer to the Lord. Many times, in the latter part of the worship when you feel the deep presence of the Lord, prophesy is given.

The work of the Holy Spirit is outstanding in Latin America but the work seems to have characteristic depending on the places. for example, in Argentine, as it is known for Anacondis, spiritual warfare and deliverance are known. In Mexico, praise and worship is really outstanding. The same Holy Spirit is working in different forms and as a whole, consisting of the body of Christ.

When Juan Salinas, producer of CanZion Produccionnes, praise & worship recording compnay, started this work, others used to tell him that his songs would not even be sung in his own church. There were not many who had the great vision to compose original praise & worship songs in their own nation. It seems because Latin America was not well off politically nor economically so people didn't seem to believe their own nation could produce anything good. It was only recently that this type of work has been activated in reality.

Marcos Witt Major Praise Leader in Latin America

マルコスウイットはスペイン語圏でもっとも用いられている器です。マルコス・ウイットは1962年米国テキサス生まれの現在34歳です。彼が生後1ヶ月の時に家族はアメリカ合衆国から開拓伝道の為にメキシコにやって来ました。当時メキシコはクリスチャンに対する迫害がひどく、彼の父は彼が2歳のときに殉教しました。宣教の現場で育ち、クラシック音楽の基礎を身につけた彼は、やがてスペイン語の賛美に対する重荷を持ち始めました。

マルコス自身も一部の批判的だった人の言葉を借りるなら、その働きの初期の頃は、「彼は音楽的センスはあるがその歌声はなっていない。」と批判的でした。

しかしマルコスは主に与えられた幻を握って、主に従い進んで行き、機会が与えられ、その結果、驚くほどの油注ぎを受け、いまやマルコスの歌声はラテンアメリカ中を震わせ、国際的な賛美リーダー、伝道者としての名を確固たるものにしているのです。


Latin American nations touched by praise & worship

'He was standing in front of the sea of people. 54000 people gathered to praise God., raising their hands to the Lord, with their cheeks wet with tears. ' This was last year November in Chili, in a praise & worship event. It happens that many people wait for hours to get into this type of praise & worship event with Marcos Witt. Through this type of event, many people receive Jesus and many Christians make decisions for the Lord. Now his ministry expands to the whole Spanish speaking world and he travels to one nation a month.

He established the praise & worship recording compnay called CanZion Producciones in 1987. The little praise & worship ministry in a local church grew tremendously as the revival in Mexico grew.

Last year in Huston, Texas, they established the recording studio and now more then 70 full-time staff are working there and producing new songs into Latin Amarica as the greatist praise & worship recording company. At the moment, many young people are receiving training as well as serving in the praise & worship ministry. They have established Christian music university in order to train the new generation.

Their focus in the ministry is to serve the body of Christ in each area. They are trying to encourage pastors and leaders, and edify the laborors. He himself respects the order among churches, desiring strongly the unity among denominations. He doesn't minister in the area where there is no cooperation between local churches, because it is difficult in that situation to do the follow up for the new converts.

Now the activities of Marcos has been starting to extend beyong Spanish speaking countries. As the first of all, he put his eyes on Japan, desiring to bless Japan through praise & worship, did the recording in Japanese in June, in Sapporo. This was the Japanese version of the hit seller Tu Y Yo titled Warera Kamino Tami.

The small ministry in a local church, as walking holding onto the vision, edifying people, encouraging the area, maturing, and started blessing nations. This kind of work in CanZion seems one of the work of the Lord in the revival.

Seeking Revival

What is happening in Latin America is not unrelated with Japan. We are not sure of the form of the revival in Japan, the Lord is raising many young people through praise & worship.They are given new songs. Recently, we hear that the presence of the Lord in the time of the praise & worship has changed greatly. Guest spekers from abroad are surprised to see the change of the praise & worship in Japan and the hunger and thirst of the people in Japan. And they say, that they have started in the same way.

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