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The Canaan Hymns of China

God use a peasant girl to inspire Chinese Christians

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December 29, 2003|7:54 am

When dawn arrives in China you can hear people praying. They are rejoicing in the Great Love that unites all the peoples of the world.

These prayers soar over the highest mountains and melt the ice off the coldest hearts. There is no more bondage. There are no more wars. Hearts receive blessings from above, and destinies are changed. It is going to be an excellent year for the harvest.

Above is from one song of Canaan Hymns. The Canaan Hymns show an open-mindedness, which is rarely encountered in China. Anyone who wants to understand the Chinese Home-church assemblies will want to reflect on the hymns sung by its members. These hymns express the faith, testimonies, and experiences of the faithful and show the world the pure innocence of all those who tread a rocky path. In remote villages and prosperous cities, wherever there are Christians you will hear joyful voices of the faithful expressing their devotion through their hymns.

Without instruments or the ability to read words or musical scores, these peasants who are Christians are able to sing dozens of hymns without ever taking a rest.

These songs have been assembled in what is called The Canaan Hymns. There are totally 930 hymns. They are sung not only in the Home-church assemblies, but are also sung in the Chinese Three-self Churches. Some are sung in Chinese congregations all around the world.

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