“Mercy” prayer song- for Indonesia, Japan, and the world.

This little story is so special to me!:

Last Saturday, on the way back from the World Missions Conference, I went to the Appleton, Wisconsin airport 4 hours before my flight. While there, I helped a man re-pack his suitcase of souvenirs so it would weigh less and he wouldn’t have to pay $50 extra dollars. Then I felt led to give him my “Fervency” album. Turns out that he is an Indonesian pastor. I wrote a prayer song on that “Fervency” album called “Mercy” that was written for Indonesia after the big tsunami. I told him about the song and how a simple recording of the prayer song was aired all over the country through Far East Broadcasting Company. Then I recorded it professionally and after the tsunami in Japan I made a slideshow video to raise prayers and money for that crisis. He gave me a cloth that says “Pray for Indonesia.” So cool! I had thought it was a rolled up t-shirt and that was one of the things I suggested to him to check on in the big suitcase. I’m glad he chose not to because now I have it!

20 minutes later another man came up to us. He was a pastor from Japan!  I told him about the song and video, too. I wrote the song for Indonesia and made a YouTube video with the song for Japan. The two men watched the video on a phone. It was a little emotional for all of us in different ways. Both of these men went to the areas of devastation to help ease the load of the crisis. Both of these men said how “overwhelming” the situations were. Both of these men were so grateful for the prayers. It was so special for me to see these men watching my little video. We never know who is praying for us and that day they learned that many more were than they realized.

I remember watching the crisis in Indonesia on the news right after it happened. I saw so many images that I was beginning to feel numb. It was almost surreal. I wondered what was wrong with me. I left the living room and went into my bedroom to pray.

I began to write these words:
“Break my heart, oh God, right now, with Your Spirit’s loving power. Reduce me till I am only love.”
Tears began to flow down my cheeks and one tear fell and landed write by my new lyrics in the perfect shape of a heart. I remember tracing it. I realized that God truly was giving me His heart.

Today I ended up looking at events around the world on the news. It is devastating. It is more than can be reported. I can only watch in doses and then I need to refocus on a flower just to see beauty, life, and hope. In the midst of any crisis, there is always hope. There is always a better place to set our sights on. In the midst of the chaos, fix your eyes on Jesus and let His hope fill you. He will bring beauty out of ashes! He will turn mourning into dancing! God have mercy and may your love and grace draw people to salvation both in this life and throughout all eternity!

Please take this opportunity to pray this song over the expanse of the WORLD. The pictures are of Japan, but it represents many countries and many individuals who are broken.

Thank you!



Here is the link to the video:


“Mercy” lyrics:


Break my heart, oh God, right now, with your Spirit’s loving power
Reduce me, till I am only love
For the least of these I pray- the lost, the broken, and afraid
Please, reveal to them your love

Mercy, I cry mercy, Lord. Mercy, I pray, mercy
And salvation for them now and for all their eternities
May they know you as their God and worship you as their King

With your strong arm rescue them. In gentleness reassure them
That they can trust in you
Be their living water, their bread of life, the light of their world
Every good thing comes from you

Your compassion and love shine so brightly.
May we hope and believe
Would you draw them, rebuild, and revive them
And as you do, may they see… (mercy)

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