2021 Vision — Offering Moments of God’s Peace, Hope, and Beauty to People Around the World through New Content and Generosity (scroll down to make a secure online donation)
Dear Friend of Music to Light the World,
What a year 2020 was, and what an amazing Father we have. He has blessed Music to Light the World incredibly, and He is leading and providing for our 17th year as we look forward to 2021.
If you had told me over twenty years ago when I was composing the first Scripture inspired piano melodies, that today there would be 145 tracks being played 50,000+ times per day in people’s lives in 100 countries, I would not have been so sure. The historic prayer “Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief” would have applied for me then, as it does today.
Your faith, prayers, and financial support toward this unique calling of God continue to bear much Kingdom fruit in millions of lives as “God Encounters” happen in their hearts and minds through the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures behind the music. This is a great mystery as expressed in Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” These verses inspired the song Higher on the third album Draw Near which released in April 2004, a few months before the ministry became full-time in August 2004.
The music has always been a journal of what God is teaching me, and what He wants to share. 2020 was no different with three heartfelt new songs in this pandemic year. Chasing Splendor (Psalms 23:6 and 145:5) is about how God chases after us with His beauty and love. He wants to display the splendor of Christ in us to a watching world. We can experience Perfect Peace (Isaiah 26:3) when our mind is stayed on the Lord and we trust in Him. Quiet Revelation (Psalm 119:113-114) testifies to how we love to receive God’s revelation. He is our place of quiet retreat, and we wait for His Word to renew us.
Through God’s generosity Music to Light the World donated $10,000 to provide thirteen orphans in Zambia a Christian education and nutrition (we had to cancel April plans for my fifth visit to Zambia). Other exciting “God Encounter” highlights included 18 million music streams, 600,000 YouTube music video views, 36,000 website visitors, and thousands of lives touched through Facebook and social media video and blog posts. God orchestrated several Zoom Concerts, and the writing of twenty stories for a future book about how true freedom is found through deep surrender. I also composed four orchestral pieces for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, inspired by award-winning New York Times journalist Ian Urbina and his best-selling book The Outlaw Ocean. This music is rich with spiritual expression, and released in February 2021.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support. May God bless you with His splendor, peace, and revelation this year!
Stanton Lanier, Pianist of Peace®, on behalf of our MTLTW Board of Directors & Leadership Team
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