Gracepoint Hsinchu: In the Deep End

19 08 2009

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to share with everyone an inspiring story about worship from Koinonia – Hsinchu.  As we all know, praise is something that can really help us connect with God, and good praise can really enhance a Bible study or a worship service.  But what do you do when there aren’t any musicians to lead the praise time?  Well, then it’s time for people to step up!

gracepoint_berkeley_chris_flagMy peer, Chris G, following a storied tradition of Koinonia – Hsinchu staff members, has stepped up to the plate and is now playing drums out there in Hsinchu, Taiwan.  Now, it isn’t like Chris is unmusical – he’s played clarinet for much of his life, but he’s never touched the drums before he decided to go to Taiwan.  However, a couple weeks before he left, he was asked to learn drums, and after having a couple of lessons from some of our regular praise band drummers, he headed to Taiwan and started his new career as a drummer!  Last I heard, he’s been able to keep a beat with few mistakes – and although he hasn’t learned how to do any fills yet – he’s really come a long way, and I’m sure he’ll improve a lot before this year is out.  It just goes to show that oftentimes the most important thing is not talent or prior experience, but just a willing heart to do what needs to be done.  And sometimes to be in a situation where you’re just thrown into the deep end doesn’t hurt!

Gracepoint Berkeley Chris Drums
Good luck, Chris!  We’ll keep on praying for you and the rest of the Hsinchu church.  Looking forward to playing with you when you get back.

– David T, Keyboardist for the Gracepoint Berkeley Worship Team

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5 responses

20 08 2009
Lawrence Wu

Inspiring 🙂

20 08 2009
Kevin D.

That is a cool shirt =P

20 08 2009
James Nam

Hey, Chris. Where is your Korean T-Shirt?

22 08 2009
Emmeline

I was at Gracepoint Hsinchu for the last three Sundays, and I must say that he did a swell job, in the sense that I did not notice him at all. With drums, it’s usually when you notice the drummer that there’s a problem! Go Chris!

“Vote for Chris Gilling: He’s Taiwan’s friend!” That’s the slogan for the political campaign poster that he’s posing for there. 🙂

He made quite a splash at the CKS memorial with that shirt. The little kids were pointing and all the folks were smiling, oohing and aaahing.

25 08 2009
Hartie

That’s my peer! Chris, you are an Awesome Inspiration to all! Keep up the good work and thanks for continuing the tradition of the our Hsinchu worship band of having non-drummers answer the call due to the need for a drummer and then filling that need by learning to play drums in less than a months time. Now that, is pretty Awesome!

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