Song Story: Salaam

Multicultural Worship

This song came from stories of sleepless nights and cries for peace. Seven years ago, when I (Dareen) first came to America, I lost my peace. Because of the culture shock and the struggles here, I couldn’t sleep for many nights. I fought with my thoughts for hours, feeling frustrated and forsaken by God. I tried to close my eyes and imagine myself back in my bed in Saudi Arabia, like nothing had changed. But […]

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Unto Us

Multicultural Worship

Isaiah 9:6 contains the famous words, “Unto us a child is born. Unto us a son is given.” The question we are asking as we approach Christmas 2020 is… “Who is us?” As you look at your church, who is “us”? As you look at your neighborhood, who is “us”? As you look at our country, who is “us”? As you look at the world in the midst of a pandemic, who is “us”? The […]

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What Good Is It? (Part 2)

Multicultural Community

For almost 9 months, my co-worker JT and I had been teaching a Nepali worship team each Saturday at our Proskuneo School of the Arts. It all started when the pastor of a local Nepali church brought 5 young people to me and said, “this is our worship team.” None of them knew how to play any instruments, but evidently they were willing. And, their church desperately needed musicians. So, it had been decided that […]

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