Music to my ears!

When I walked into church today, I heard “This Is My Father’s World.”  Thanks to Geoff, I was familiar with the song.  Now you can be too!

During the service, I was moved almost to tears twice.  The first time was when the Compassional International video was played.  The second time was when Steve (Xanga: rice4krxst) shared his father’s (Uncle Wally’s) reaction to Steve telling him that God was calling him into full-time ministry.  Steve said Uncle Wally’s response was something along the lines of, “Very well, Steven.  You have my blessing.”  Steve must’ve been so overjoyed hearing that!  I only hope my parents’ reaction will be the same when God shows me it’s “game time.”

Yesterday, I wrote to my sponsored child, Tiago Sodré da Silva, and sent Compassion International a monetary gift to go toward him and his family for his birthday.  He’s a young boy in Brazil who will turn six years old on June 26th.  Here’s some information about him:

Child Information

Child Number: BR_________ (edited for privacy)
Personal Name: Tiago
Gender: M
Birthdate: 6/26/1999
Information last updated: 6/1/2004


US School Grade Equivalent: K
School Performance: Average
Child is attending school


Child does not have any health issues.

Christian Activities

Bible Class

Family Duties

Running errands

Hobbies and Sports

  • Group games

  • Soccer/Football

  • Hide-and-Seek

  • Cars

  • Running


  • Stepfather

  • Mother

Natural Parents

Marital status of parents: Were Never Married

  • Father is alive

  • Mother is alive

  • Mother is living with child

  • Mother is supporting child


Mother/Female Guardian is a laborer: Cleaning Lady

  • Father/Male Guardian unemployed

  • Mother/Female Guardian is at times employed


Project Information for Tiago Sodré da Silva

Name:  Instituto Presbiteriano Alvaro Reis
Program Type:  Student Center
Project Opening Date:  3/14/1990
Month school year begins:  February
Information last updated:  9/27/2002

Program Description:
Your sponsored child lives in the mountainous community of Cidade de Deus, home to approximately 62,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tile roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Portuguese. The regional diet consists of beans, rice, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, viruses and worms. Most adults in Cidade de Deus work in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $83 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, food supplies and employment opportunities. Your sponsorship allows the staff of Instituto Presbiteriano Alvaro Reis Student Center to provide your sponsored child with Bible teaching, medical exams, hygiene education, social events, recreational activities, educational classes and tutoring. The center staff will also provide medical exams and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of your sponsored child.

You can watch a similar Compassional International video here:

Everyone reading this, please ask yourself this question…

No, it’s not if you were a hot dog and you were starving, would you eat yourself?

And no, it’s not is Rhode Island a road or an island?

It’s what does God, my Father, want me (me being YOU) to do?  That is my prayer for all of you who may stumble upon this page as well as for myself.

In other news…

Michelin cars pull off track after warmups
Bewildered fans want restitution

After getting home today, I watched a tape of today’s United States Grand Prix.  Let’s just say I couldn’t believe what happened.  All of the Michelin-shod race cars (14 out of 20 race cars) pulled out of the race due to safety concerns and the Bridgestone cars just has a “race” among themselves.  To say that it wasn’t entertaining would be an understatement.

This Is My Father’s World
Words: Maltbie D. Bab­cock, 1901, alt. While a pastor in Lockport, New York, Bab­cock liked to hike in an ar­ea called “the es­carp­ment,” an an­cient up­thrust ledge near Lock­port. It has a mar­vel­ous view of farms, or­chards, and Lake On­tar­io, about 15 miles dis­tant. It is said those walks in the woods in­spired these lyr­ics. The ti­tle re­calls an ex­press­ion Bab­cock used when start­ing a walk: “I’m go­ing out to see my Fa­ther’s world.”

Music: “Terra Beata,” tra­di­tion­al Eng­lish mel­o­dy, ar­ranged by Frank­lin L. Shep­pard in his Al­le­lu­ia, 1915.

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.

This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world. And let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done
Jesus who died; will be satisfied
And earth and heaven be one
Jesus who died; will be satisfied
And earth and heaven be one

About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

9 responses to “”

  1. TenThousandPoetWarriors says :

    yeah…haven’t heard that song in the longest time.

  2. TenThousandPoetWarriors says :

    haha…i like the profile pic of the church stained glass window.

  3. SeeYaThea says :

    i like this oldie…’s a growing up in the church song. i first heard it in your car.

  4. rice4krxst says :

    yes, i was overjoyed when I heard that. It was a big load off my shoulders!be praying for your parents as well! so when is “game time” for you? You are welcome to preach in junior high anytime!=P

  5. hersheysquirtboy says :

    Cidade de Deus – City of God.. Have you seen the movie? it’s insane.

  6. NearyHou says :

    LOren, you are very encouraging! thank you for being a tremendous impact to your sponsered child! hehe i have not heard that song yet… hehe i’m telling my friends about “listen to our hearts” by Geoff Moore.

  7. lakerfan4eva says :

    God moves in parents… A lot of parents of those going into ministry… well.. they’re shocked (maybe) but I kind of see it as a reflection of their ministry to us.  It’s an honor for them to see the fruit.  At least I know you’re on the right team as youre on the battle in this world… as for some of your sports teams… well… heh… no comment.  but yah… Let us pray for our parents that they will grow in faith and in continued pure love for the Lord :o)

  8. xCaliBerxx says :

    FIGHT RACISM MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FIGHT IT SOOOO BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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