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Cool New Song About Missions from Sonic Flood

by Melissa Chang |

Mission Songs

Recently, Sonic Flood has come out with a new song about missions that is totally cutting edge. It addresses unreached people groups, the Great Comission, and asks if it can be fulfilled in our generation. The song is called:

Are We There Yet?

In addition to the song itself, Sonic Flood traveled to Lebanon and Syria to meet people there and film the music video for the song. While there they visited a mosque and met many people from the area including a Bedouin family that made a great impact on them. Sonic Flood also has a video of the behind the scenes of their trip as they filmed their music video.

 

Modern Day Mission Songs

by Melissa Chang |

Mission Songs

rock concertFinding songs about missions isn’t as easy as you would think. It’s actually downright difficult. If you’ve ever tried to find a song to accompany your missions slide show or to play during your missions church service, you know that there isn’t the biggest selection.  At least that what it seems like when you keep coming across the same ones over and over that seem to have been written eons ago.  But actually, there are a few new songs out there that are pretty cool.

So to save you some search time, we’ve decided to make a list that lets you view some of what is out there. Some of these you have heard of before, but we hope that many of these are completely new to you. Also, we only picked songs released since the year 2000 to keep it fresh. We also only included songs that are specifically about missions or missionaries. We are including links to a place you can listen to a sample or view the lyrics if they are availalble. These are listed from newest to oldest. Hopefully, you will find some cool new mission songs that you will really love.

Matt Papa – Here Am I, Send Me

Album: Your Kingdom Come-2009
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Style:Modern Rock
This album has just been released. The song has a great groove and sounds awesome. It kind of reminds me of a mix between the Fray and Tim Hughes.

Downhere – Here I Am

Album: Ending is Beginning-2008
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Style: Modern Rock
This song has a rock anthem type feel. It kind reminds me of Casting Crowns, 3rd Day, and a little DC Talk. 

Starfield – I Will Go

Album: I Will Go-2008
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Lyrics
Style: Modern Rock/Hard Rock
This song starts out with a heavy electric riff  reminiscent of Switchfoot. It then calms down really nicely to being a very touching song. I actually played it at my own missions slide show. I love this song. Catchy, edgy and touching.

Avalon - For the Sake of the Call

Album: Another Time Another Place-2008
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Lyrics
Style: Pop
This song is a remake of the classic by Steven Curtis Chapman.  I was glad to see a remake because the lyrics are outstanding although the tune might be a bit dated. 

Drew Cline – To the Ends of the Earth

Album: Way of Life-2007
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Style: Rock
This song is fast paced with great riffs and a catchy tune. Drew himself has a great rock/country voice with a deep gravely sound that is fun to listen to.

Tim Hughes – God of Justice

Album: Holding Nothing Back-2007
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Lyrics
Style: Worship
One of the more quiet and moving songs on the list, this song really feels like a form of worship as Tim sings “Jesus, You have called us…we must go.”

Scott Krippayne - Willing

Album: Better than Life-2007
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Style: Rock/Pop
This song comes from an album created to represent real people who suffered for their faith. Although not necessarily about missionaries specifically, the lyrics, “Are you willing to die for the things you believe in?” are very inspirational and relevant. The song is catchy and has great vocals. 

Shannon Wexelberg - Send Me

Album: Better Than Life-2007
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Style: Inpirational/Gospel
This song is a group effort featuring Shannon Wexelberg, along with Scott Krippayne and Charles Billingsley. It has a has a definite gospelish feel with some amazing vocals. This song is also included on the Better Than Life album.

Building 429 – Fearless

Album: Rise-2006
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Lyrics
Style: Modern Rock/Hard Rock
This song was actually written to honor the Travel the Road missionaries. If you haven’t heard of Travel the Road, it is this very cool reality series about 2 missionaries who travel the world for years at a time, filming their activities.  For a while, Building 429 toured with Travel the Road as they preached and Building 429 played. The song’s lyrics are more subtle than other songs, but it definitely rocks.

Lecrae - Send Me

Album: After the Music Stops-2006
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Lyrics
Style: Rap/Hip Hop
This song is totally unique and refreshing in that it is the only rap missions song on our list. It has a very intense almost marching rythm to it as the Lecrae raps, “Send me, I’ll go. Let me go Let me go”

Delirious - Here I Am, Send Me

Album: The Mission Bell-2005
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Lyrics
Style: Pop Rock/Punk
This song has a jingling lilt to it which makes it sounds more popish than Delirious’s earlier songs. This song is unusual in that it actually references Isaiah, Ezeikel, Jacob and Paul, and mixes the ideas of seeing a vision to wanting to be sent.

Steven Curtis Chapman - Coming Attractions

Album: All Things New-2004
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Lyrics
Style: Pop/Rock
Steven Curtis Chapman has been around for a long time, but he is always making things fresh and new. This song has a very cool sound that mixes amazing acoustic guitar rythms with a modern ethereal sound. The song is very inspirational with a big chorus. I have used this one myself in the past.

Matt Redman - Mission’s Flame

Album: Facedown-2003
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Style: Worship
This song is another worship song singing ”Let worship be the fuel of missions’ flame.” It is classic sounding Matt Redman.

Jonah33 – Working Man Hands

Album: Jonah33-2004
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Style: Rock
The lead singer sounds a bit to me like Third Day. The song has a rock beat but a slow tempo. The words say, “Give me what it takes. Let me go.”

Michael Bleecker - Here I Am

Album: Village Worship-2002
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Lyrics
Style: Acoustic Guitar
It doesn’t seem as though this singer has an album of his own that I can find. However, when searching for missions songs I came across a video of his song, and it really made me want to worship and to GO. This song is amazing and worth a look. I think you can purchase his music on a worship album from his church.

Mercy Me - Go

Album: Spoken For-2002
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Style: Rock
This song has a really great message, with classic Mercy Me rock beats. “There’s so many left to tell that You came for one and all. Use me.”

Hillsong - To the Ends of the Earth

Album: United:To the Ends of the Earth-2002
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Lyrics
Style: Worship
Hillsong always puts out some very inspirational songs that make you want to worship. This song is typical Hillsong, along with the lyrics “I would give the world to tell Your story.”

Mercy Me- Here Am I

Album: Almost There-2001
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Style: Rock
This is Mercy Me’s number 2 song on the missions list, so kudos to them for focusing on missions. I like the take on this song which highlights those who have never heard. “Never been told the name of Jesus. What a shame.”

Audio Adrenaline - Hands and Feet

Album: Underdog-1999
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Lyrics
Style: Pop Rock
This is our oldest song on the list, but it doesn’t sound that way. We figured we had to fit it in even though it just misses the year 2000 cut off. It has a very catchy pop rock feel.

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