Centuries-old castles. Roll hills dotted with sheep. Crazy rugby matches.
You might imagine that when you think of Wales.
But at the UK Evangelization Summit in the capital Cardiff, another passion became evident across the country.
“I’ve always heard that Welsh people know how to sing, and you proved it today,” said David Bruce, Billy Graham’s longtime executive assistant who surpassed an all-day event in “the land of music”.
On Tuesday, more than 400 voices singing God’s glory echoed through the magnificent and spacious Cardiff Manor Resort. And it was thrilling.
Imagine raised hands. Exclamations “Hallelujah.” Unintentional applause. And the driver.
“YesIt was so good to hear the sound of many voices praising the name of Jesus, ”said Lou Fellingham, who led the service with her husband Nathan. “Join so many people in the UK who are hungry to meet God and are passionate about seeing the power of the cross revealed to the lost and needy world.”
With only vocals and piano, Lou and Nathan lead these special moments of worship in all four cities where the Billy Graham Evangelical Society offers an evangelization summit. They had seats in the front row while the faithful in Wales sang merrily.
“Music is a language that can overcome many obstacles and can move us emotionally, and give us a real sense of the Creator, ”said Fellingham from a neighboring country in England. “That’s why music can be an effective point of contact with those who don’t know Christ yet.”
Caroline Mugagga Nalwanga experienced this first hand.
After moving to a British city just across the border, she noticed many people singing in the street corners and realized, “I could do the same, but I could sing the glory of God. ”
That’s what she did.
This evangelistic effort based on music began only with her voice, bravely rising above the everyday city bustle. Then she learned the guitar. He now travels with an entire band that plays worship music on the streets, in schools and prisons.
“I evangelize through music because that’s how I experience God’s presence and I want other people to experience it,” Muggagga Nalwang explained. “And I love the sound of people who adore it.”
On Tuesdays, she occasionally stopped singing to soak up the moment – paying attention and encouraging herself with the voices of the people around her.
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The lyrics reinforced the summit where speakers spoke about the key elements of sharing the Gospel – including the cross, discipleship, persecution and unity. And the melodies entered those lessons into the hearts of the listeners.
There is only something in music that makes words even more influential. Especially for the people of Wales.
“Welsh people sing as they talk,” explained lifelong resident Jacqui Cadogan.
The mother from Cardiff explained that music is a special part of the history of Wales, identity, and even rugby games. In fact, many popular sports anthems are actually spiritual in nature.
“But they don’t realize they are praising God,” she said.
At the very end of the event in Cardiff on Tuesday, David Bruce called on Cadogan to give her a blowjob. She stood, trumpeted several times, and the crowd cheered and applauded.
But that was not part of the original schedule of events.
“I felt like I was blowing into a shofar, but I wanted to be respected,” she explained later.
So she patted Bruce on the shoulder asking for permission, which led to the triumphant conclusion of the summit on Tuesday.
“God is working on the courage in me,” Cadogan said. “I think that’s why God brought me here today.”
Throughout the day, the Fellinghams would sing one song at a time before the next speaker took the stage. And every time the last note resounded, those present seemed eager to continue singing.
But one day – while hundreds gathered in that room in Cardiff will be dedicated to telling their neighbors – Jesus will return. And then, he will never have to stop singing.
“Singing with other believers is like touching the sky,” Cadogan said, with a driver in his hand. “It’s something you can’t experience outside of God.”