The Door is now officially playing on the web and air waves in China! :)
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Here's a Chinese write up on us. Check it out!
Friday, March 25, 2011
Please pray for us as we board Mongolian Airways tonight. We are due to land in Ulaan Batar late Friday nite after a 90 minute flight. Disappointingly, a previously scheduled trip cancelled abruptly so we kicked into ‘plan B’. But it doesn’t sound so ‘bish’ now because the Mongolian pastor said to Mark on the phone, “I was on my knees yesterday morning, asking God for encouragement and discipline within our worship teams, then the phone rang. I was shocked that my pastor friend in Beijing said you were coming to Mongolia! What a quick answer to my prayer.”
We are encouraged that maybe what we viewed as plan ‘B’ might have been the best plan all along. Pray for a fruitful 5 days and that what little Russian language skill we possess will return and multiply!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
We had a two hour window of chill time before the workshops. We met up with Benjamin & Megan and took the guys to 789, Beijing's premier art district. It is so encouraging to see budding artists with less and less restrictions. Little increments in the area of 'freedom of expression' really do make a difference in society as the years tick by!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
There's no better way to keep a band happy than provide them with a little retail therapy and shopping for chopsticks did the trick.
Josh & Jon got their weapons out and were ready for the Chinese RMB to USDollars conversion in the Ya Show. It was a bit of a competition - Jon with his calculator and Josh with his handwritten chart!
Five hundred senior students filled the Yuxin High School auditorium on Friday afternoon and we got to worship over them! The opening song was, 'Happy Day' and further in the program the students sang along with, 'Sing Beijing' and tried to whistle in the chorus of, 'Good Life'.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Thursday evening we worshipped with the folks at embassy- BICF's young adult's weekly meeting. Young professionals, students, workers, and teachers made up the multinational congregation. It was a sweet time of intercession and worship, really refreshing for our team.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Mark & the team had a fab time with the hosts of the eTune internet show on Radio 773 Beijing. We played live, answered questions originating from all across China via the chat room, and loved getting to know David & Daisy & Christine at the station. Songs from both THE DOOR & RESTORE CD/DVD went out over the internet today. It was live streaming and available for replay.
Link to follow soon so watch this space.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Our band-in-a-box is now complete. Jon & Josh landed safely last night. Today we rehearsed and gathered up last minute equipment items. Lunch was yummy steamed dumplings and oolong tea. Then we showed the jet lagged travelers a bit of Beijing. Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and Beihei with its Buddhist temple were on the list. Tomorrow the work begins!
Monday, March 14, 2011
We shut down worship-world and treated ourselves to some cooking lessons Sunday evening. Carrie's friend Chunyi runs a little hutong cooking school.Benjamin & Megan met us there and we chopped and woked away! If you are ever in Beijing, you HAVE to do this. Check our Chunyis site at www.hutongcuisine.com
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Had a yummy lunch with CCTV (China Central Television) host and friend today. This was the same team that filmed us playing music at the BICF morning services in 2007. They also filmed our concerts leading up to the Olympics on 2008. It was great to catch up with Eva and hear about her work reporting the arts across Beijing. She brought a friend to lunch with her and together they listened to the new (not-yet-released) Arabic worship tune & viewed the I BELIEVE REMIX video. We invited them to bring out a film crew to any of the music events next week. Her response, "I will check with my producer and hopefully bring out a camera." Awesome opportunities here. And lovely, lovely people to work with!
Friday, March 11, 2011
|Meeting with Chinese worship leaders.|