Make God Smile
The 'Make God Smile' album concept was to use children from various backgrounds, trained and untrained voices, adopted kids, kids from blended families, kids of different racial backgrounds, to sing songs about Jesus. Eleven children contributed their talents to the album. Most were in Children's Choir at First Baptist Church, Royse City, and in the AWANA club. Two of the girls are not in 'church' homes, and one boy is a P.K.! The main requirements were that the kids knew Jesus and had an enthusiasm for singing. Since the album is being sent to missionary churches in Venezuela, Ukraine, Russia, France, Japan, and other places in the world, the songs had to have several important elements. 1. Songs are based on scripture; 2. They are easy for children to learn, and to sing; 3. The words are mainly simple and easy to translate; 4. Children enjoy singing them! 'Make God Smile' will be sent free to any church with an AWANA club. There are three 'sing along' tracks on the CD. More tracks can be purchased at $5 each to cover shipping and handling. $1 of each sale is donated to a project for needy children to further the gospel of Jesus Christ. 'Make God Smile' is an enthusiastic presentation of songs kids love to sing, based on scripture, with original, contemporary music in several genres. Two stand-out numbers are He's a Rebel (Matt. 12:13,14) and the invitational song, My Gift (Romans 10:13). Tunes like Hide God's Word (Psalm 119:11) and Awesome Family (John 17:22-23) get your feet moving, while the calypso beat of Light of the World (John 9:5), He is Good (Lord's Prayer) and What is Love? (1 Corinthians 13) has kids swaying as they learn God's Word. Award-winning Cloud Jumping (Luke 12:6,7) has easy hand motions kids love, and Sunflower (Matt 25:21) helps them learn to be bloom where they are planted. More contemporary songs include Make God Smile (John 14:21), God's Bakery (Rev 7:13-14), and Miracles Still Happen (John 4:48) which are appropriate for special Sunday service music. Although children 6 through 16 sing these songs on the album, adults have sung them in churches and festivals in the Dallas area, where they were well received.