Isaiah began guitar lessons earlier this month. We bought him a used Yamaha acoustic at a second-hand guitar store. I’ve been impressed with his ability to recall the chords that he has learned so far. We usually practice together in the evening before our devotion as a family. I played rhythm guitar in college (albeit not very well) but I haven’t picked it up in over ten years. We really enjoy this part of our evening as Isaiah and I work on chord progression and Pearl plays with her instruments (rhythm sticks, tambourine, toy piano, etc.) that Sandy sets out for her on the floor. Hopefully soon we will be able to play some hymns that we currently sing a cappella at the end of our devotion.
Although preaching and teaching the Bible will be our primary focus in Italy, music will play a vital role in ministry. Our desire in Italy is to play music that will tune the hearer’s heart for worship and set their mind to dwell on the love and power of God, the true condition of the unsaved, God’s mercy and kindness towards them, and the person and work of Jesus Christ. We will sing to the Lord in our home, as the Lord allows us to organize a church, in nursing homes, and any other opportunity we have to incorporate music in conveying the message of the cross.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” – Colossians 3:16