An insight into how church and worship work in a country where Christianity is not exactly legal
Hi, my name is Tejas. I’ve lived in Qatar for the past 17 years. I’m 21 years old, so I’ve lived in the Middle East pretty much my whole life. It’s all I’ve ever known, even as far as the church goes. I’ve never lived in a country where freedom of religious expression is a thing, so I don’t know what that’s like. What I do know, is what church looks like in this part of the world.
Many of you reading this will be the exact opposite of me – you probably will have grown up in a country with free religious expression, where churches and things are normal. It’s likely that you have no idea what church would look like where I’m at – just like I have no idea what church looks like where y’all are at. This is my attempt to bridge that gap. But first, a little about me so you get the whole picture.
Possibly the biggest reason for my extended stay in the Middle East is the healthcare. I was born with Hemophilia A: a genetic condition wherein blood does not have the ability to clot. With this condition, severe injury, disability and fatality are all much more imminent than without. Often times, climbing stairs has landed me in the emergency room because of the internal bleeding complications that arose after reaching the top floor. That’s one example. I’ve also been seriously injured by opening doors.
Treatment for this condition is not cheap. The treatment I receive today costs roughly $15,000 per week. This is how I know my God is alive and at work: at a very young age, before any real complications from this condition could arise, He moved my family to Qatar – where the healthcare for this condition, and others like it, is completely free. Had I grown up where I was born, India, I would be either severely disabled, or dead by now.
God is good. This is what He has done for me before I even knew Him. The least I can do is try to love and serve Him and His people with the rest of my life.
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“Very often I find myself in worship contexts. The band is pumping out great music, the worship leader is lost in wonder, love and praise but I look around and a lot of people are barely mouthing the words.”
There are a number of straightforward reasons why we are not singing in church suggests Graham Kendrick in this great short film.
11 new MultiTracks
This week we released 11 new MultiTrack backing tracks including several songs from Bethel as well as tracks from Brenton Brown, Phil Wickham, Kristian Stanfill, Michael W Smith and more. There is even a fantastic little Christmas pop-style worship song which we reckon is perfect for your Christmas services and even has the makings of a big hit.
Did you get your 40 free lessons?
We emailed last week with a link to sign up for 40 free lessons from Musicademy. Unfortunately the link we provided didn’t work on mobile devices. This new link will work on PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, Androids and pretty much everything else you want to try!
Win a pair of tickets to Mission Worship, Eastbourne UK
Musicademy are runing a number of worship masterlcasses at the Mission Worship conference next month and we’ve two free tickets to give away. All you need to do to enter is Like the post on Facebook. There are actully very few likes so far on this so you stand an excellent chance of winning! Further info here.
Having regularly had requests from Northern parts of the UK for training days we’re a little surprised that the uptake of tickets for our Huddersfield day on 15th November has been quite slow. This really is likely to be your only chance to access live training north of Watford so so check out the Huddersfield day (in association with Big Church Night In)!