A Glimpse into a Worship Translators Life


If you read our Theme statement at praise2worship you would see that I work as one member of a worship team. What most of you may not know is that our church is bi-lingual (Portuguese/English) and that we transition from one language to the other during the worship time. Often many of our classic hymns or even the latest worship from Jesus culture has a Portuguese translation and is widely heard in Brazil.

What has been the challenge are the times when I  (the American part of the team) really want to share a recent song or a classic hymn for which no translation exists. The challenge of dovetailing the essence of a song together with the melody and rhythm can keep me up at night rolling various verbs around in my brain.

My latest project this week was the classic hymn, “Our Great Savior” which is sometimes called “Jesus What a friend for Sinners” I worked through and recorded the first and last verses as well as the refrain this morning after a few days of work and some quick grammatical editing by my pastor. Hope someone is blessed and if there is another worship translator out there I would love to hear back from you!

Author: pastorpete51

My wife and I serve as members of a worship team at a multicultural church. Our members are from Brazil, Nepal and the U.S.. Because of the many languages and cultures in our local body we face unique challenges, such as how many songs will we do in English today? What new songs can we use in either language that are simple enough for the people to sing. The songs, the devotions and insights here are a small portion of some of the ways God is leading us as we push towards the goal. I pray that these will be both a blessing and an encouragement for those of you who may pass by Praise 2 Worship.

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