ARTS RELEASE is a collective of creative arts specialists who love Jesus and people of other cultures. We enjoy expressing God's love through various art forms. Some of us have professional arts training and others have picked up skills on the way. Some of us are full-time, others part-time. We are currently based in England, France and Germany.
Amo O Senhor
Flávio Agra writes and sings in Portuguese. The translations and recordings are done by WEC missionaries, Karina Macleod and Susie Phaik
This is a Mandinka Christian worship song. Elfi Bohl (WEC missionary from Switzerland) had a great desire for the Gambian church to create culturally relevant Christian music.
Tu es le Dieu Fidèle
This lively number could be used in children's ministry in French or English speaking settings.
Yàlla baax na
This Wolof song, Yàlla baax na, was recorded at a multi-ethnic worship seminar at Velingara, Gambia, in January 2003.
Ardenti Per il Re
Italian version of the song, "On Fire for the King", with a different musical arrangement.
¿No has sabido?
This song started life in Spanish featuring on the Hechas Nuevas (New Creation) CD by Arco Iris de Esperanza (Rainbows of Hope) in Spain.
This is an uplifting praise song to Jesus, "You are unique and indescribably good". Dario included this track on his album "Qunundgroosse - No. ONE"
On Fire for the King
A stirring missions song, written alogside WEC's 2006 International Leaders Conference with the theme "On Fire for the King with a passion for the lost"
There's a Day
This song looks to the day when Jesus will return and believers from all nations will bring their adoration and devotion to him together in their own languages.
Mirad al Norte
This beautiful song of personal devotion in Spanish was featured on the Hechas Nuevas ("New Creation") CD by Arco Iris de Esperanza (WEC's Rainbows of Hope ministry in Spain).
A Central Asian song
A number of Central Asia republics are seeing significant church growth and are beginning to develop their own forms of worship.
Kill The Calf
This toe tapping and moving retelling of the parable in Luke's Gospel (15:11-31) instantly draws the listener into the scene, through its Middle-Eastern sounds and dance rhythms.
ARTS RELEASE focusses on the arts that have the greatest resonance (or 'ring true') for particular individuals and groups. This usually reflects the cultures and societies where they were raised. We engage with the arts in various ways:
Outreach projects / Discipleship and healing / Training and mobilising / Creative activity / The worship of Jesus
Meet the Leaders
Ian loves to worship God using music from around the world. When Ian and his family lived in the Himalayas, he learned instruments, composed in local styles and collated a worship songbook to help indigenous churches. This opened doors - it became natural to sing indigenous songs when chatting with people! As an ethnomusicologist, Ian teaches on world worship music at All Nations College and London School of Theology. In the UK, Ian has helped develop multicultural worship in his church and beyond, starting a multicultural band in 2011. Ian and Helen lead Arts Release, aiming to raise up artists for cross-cultural ministry.
Helen came to know Jesus through the West End musical Godspell and is a committed champion of the arts. With Ian, she joined WEC in 1987 and for several years lived and brought up the family in Asia. They have three married, adult children and two grandsons. IN 2008, Helen and Ian started the Arts Release ministry, with Helen overseeing administration, hospitality, logistics, prayer and pastoral care. She loves multicultural worship and enjoys and encourages all other art disciplines. Helen is a natural networker and likes to be involved with refugees and asylum seekers.
In many ways, Arts Release Drama is Birte’s dream job since it combines three of her passions: drama, theology and culture. From a young age Birte loved drama, and had many different experiences, including in professional playhouses. She studied drama therapy in the Netherlands. Eleven years of missionary work in Mongolia led to a firm conviction that drama is a powerful tool to evangelise, teach and disciple. From 2010 Birte has been performing and teaching all over the world with a vision to enable locals and missionaries to use drama forms appropriate to their culture to help audiences grow in their personal relationship with God.
Lorraine spent eighteen years working in music education, as an instrumental tutor, conductor, workshop facilitator, classroom music teacher and mentor of music teachers. She also performed as a musician, largely in community settings such as hospices and special needs schools. Her heart for mission was ignited during overseas trips, and later was called into full-time arts mission. Born of her own wilderness experiences, Lorraine’s passion is to take the hope and healing of the gospel to the broken and hurting. She loves doing this through multiple arts in trauma healing, creative evangelism and prophetic instrumental worship. She loves teaching and facilitating groups.
Tim and Fiona are part of a church in Normandy, France. Before that they were missionaries in Chad, Africa, for 8 years. Tim is a worship leader. Being of mixed cultural backgrounds himself, he loves fusions of music styles. He joined the first WEC multicultural worship band and caught the bug for releasing heart worship through expressions that most profoundly represent the diversity of God’s people. In 2012, God called him to start Arts Release in France and among French-speaking peoples. He loves facilitating times when God brings into being new songs. He uses multicultural music for outreach and deepening true fellowship within the church community.
Most of Fiona’s childhood was spent in Congo (Zaire) and Zambia as a child of missionaries. Being called to mission, She and Tim worked in Chad, Africa, for 8 years, where she learnt many essential life lessons in her walk with God in the desert. Now, in France, she has been able to develop her artistic gifts, painting and using art to provoke opportunities to share her faith. She is exploring the role of art in the church, as worship and for healing. Together with Arts Release colleagues, she recently helped organize and contributed works to an international arts exhibition in the European City of Culture 2016, San Sebastián/Donostia.
"We all hear them using our own languages to tell the wonderful things God has done"