Dave Scherer, Agapé, has inspired youth from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Spokane, WA with his relational ministry "Hip Hop Outreach." He combines dancing, rapping, storytelling and his fluency in Spanish to captivate his audience and challenge them to explore their faith in God. With his passion for diversity, he invites people to bridge the gaps that exist in today’s society.
Agapé and FINK Director Rich Melheim recently spent an afternoon plane ride home from a Youth Quake discussing FINK’s plan to turn 100 key scriptures into music for our future 3rd Grade Bible Faith Stepping Stone. The goal is to highlight the Stepping Stone Bible with the verses, the teach 25 scriptures in song each year from 3rd to 6th grade. Youth would first learn the song, and the story behind the scripture, then lead the verse and story in worship. “Before the kids are ever in confirmation – before the hormones ever fly – they will have the whole story of faith committed to memory and at least one verse from every book in the Bible at the tip of their tongues,” Melheim told Scherer.
Agapé liked the concept, and volunteered to write four songs for the project. All in all, 28 musicians are involved in the writing of the songs, which should all be “in the can” by fall 2003 and ready to unveil as a “Bible Song Sunday School” curriculum for the following fall.
The 100 songs will include rock, folk, gospel, alternative, a little country, and even a little hip hop and rap.
For the next 12 months, we’ll be introducing you to some of the 28 FINK Music Guild artists who are contributing to this project, plus some of the songs that will help put God’s Word into kids’ heads for the rest of their lives.
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