By CURTIS J. PHILLIPS, Connect Weekly
Approximately 800 Fort McMurray residents celebrated their Christian faith on September 13, 2015 at Holy Trinity Catholic High School gymnasium with the 8th annual Sound of Victory musical concert presented by Daystar Chapel with New Heights Outreach Association.
The three-hour service included various musical presentations from the Daystar Redeemed Voices and Jesus is Lord Church Music Ministry with the feature guest renowned Christian worship singer Don Moen.
Moen, 65, is a Harlem Globetrotter of sorts having entertained people around the world, his popularity evident in such countries as Nigeria and the Philippines.
“Every country and culture has its own personality too when we perform (Christian worship). In the Philippines, or even here in Fort McMurray. As you could tell, they are more demonstrative in worship. In Japan, more subdued, as is Singapore. In Africa, it is over the top… very exuberant.”
“I have spent a lot of time in those countries (Nigeria, Philippines) and wherever I go they are there to support me,” said Moen, attested by the demographics in attendance at Sound of Victory. “Every country and culture has its own personality too when we perform (Christian worship). In the Philippines, or even here in Fort McMurray. As you could tell, they are more demonstrative in worship. In Japan, more subdued, as is Singapore. In Africa, it is over the top… very exuberant.”
Growing up in Two Harbors, Minnesota, “which is so close to Canada that sometimes people think I am Canadian,” joked Moen, he was not allowed to compete in organized sports growing up.
“My mom forced me to take violin and piano,” said a bemused Moen, who know resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Laura and their five grown children. “My buddy down the street was in the school orchestra with me and one day he got his teeth knocked out in a hockey game and my mom said: ‘See what happened to Bobby. I don’t want that to happen to you. He can’t play the trumpet anymore.’”
Of his Christian worship performances, Moen said: “First off, I hope people are entertained. But during the evening if there is just 30 seconds or even 60 seconds where they connect with God where they haven’t before… that is the difference between other music and worship music. We create an atmosphere with songs that connect with our creator.”
Moen says his hobbies include fishing, hiking and the culinary arts. He is also a fan of the CNN television show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
“I’m traveling a lot these days, but I have done so pretty much most of my life. It’s hard dealing with different time zones and jet lag and it is never easy. The older I get, the harder it gets. We arrive in Manila (Philippines) in a couple of weeks and go into four straight concerts. There is no easy way to do it… you try to be a bit more cautious, no late nights and plenty of rest.
“What I do love, is that everywhere we go, we get the opportunity to taste different foods and I love to come home and try to recreate them. It is creative if it starts with garlic and olive oil. How can you go wrong?’
Moen is also a singer-songwriter, pastor and producer who has won six Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards including in 1994 Best Album for his work on the recorded live musical God with Us released in 1993.
In other local faith news, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada will be hosting the Celebration of Hope at MacDonald Island Park’s Nexen Energy Field House on November 14 and 15, 2015. It is a free admission outreach event with music, testimonies and Gospel messages from Billy Graham’s grandson, Will Graham.
– Connect Weekly –