Nov 2011 – Update on Liz, and David World Tour in August/September

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for all your amazing support and prayer for Liz

And for my tour to Singapore and Finland

Liz is ok, and not having any further immediate treatment at the moment for her lymphoma. It is a journey ahead – please do keep praying for her complete healing thanks

Feedback from 2 tours

1. David and Finlay South Island NZ trip

Watched 2 Scotland Rugby World Cup games in Invercargill – brilliant fun!


Balfour church Sunday morning – spoke and led worship(Team workshop Sat) super deep time

Invercargill – St Andrews 5pm youth service – sang and spoke to an amazing group of young Polynesian kids

Invercargill – Knox church – men’s outreach concert night. David and Finlay and great buddy Jeff Rea played some Scots classics and DLM material!

Hosted on 2 farms with the Reas and Elders – yay – thanks guys!

Dunedin – East Taeri pres  service (team workshop Sat) led with their team and Finlay – powerful worship time

2. Finland and Singapore

Best ever ministry trip in so many ways

Finland – did a big road trip on the first weekend

Seinajoki -2 Jarmo’s and Jemina played so well with us

Free flowing worship time and super version of Finlandia

Jarmo’s parents and sister’s family came

Joensuu -2 gigs at Gospel festival -African guys helped to break out the dancing in both meetings!

A number of key town and business leaders were touched

Helsinki – Host family the Pouttu’s were so kind to me again

Played with some of the band from last 2 years – cello, percussion and vocals

Beautiful and powerful worship time

Titta and friend danced so beautifully.

Hameenlinna – My great friend Max M and family hosted me, and publisher Paiva (Merja
Kiitti!) were very kind as always

Max played perc and sang with me – always great to be together

Dancing broke out again and we had some amazing times around ‘Amazing grace’
and a U2 song Psalm 40

Radio Dei – national Christian radio – good friend Kirsi really open doors for our ministry

Really productive interview, and they played 4 songs Devotion incl ‘Your kindness calls to repentance’


Started an exciting new project with Anders and Manku – more a singer/songwriter/band album

Incl Caledonia Girl (written for Liz for our 20th), Tapestry now called ‘Something beautiful’, ‘Desired haven’, ‘Well of life’, ‘When love lies broken’ – will get some lyrics to you soon

Other songs like ‘Love and let go’ are also needing to be recorded – God is really pulling a lot out of us, as ever when things seem the most challenging!!

Singapore – fantastic worship weekend with a new bunch of friends

Band – massive group of great young people who were a delight to work with

Dancers – a group of 4 women were such a blessing

A professional dancer in training, stunningly interpreted ‘Stolen Years’
Joel 2 – wow!!

Response times were powerful, and even senior pastor responded at the end of meetings.

Delight to walk and play over people throughout the weekend

Sold a good number of the Cds, which were all signed – love the Singaporeans enthusiasm!

Integrity Asia have been so helpful and insightful in opening doors for our ministry – thanks guys!

Devotion CD Launches on 12 March 2011

Devotion CD Launches on 12 March 2011

Our new CD Devotion – an acoustic collection of new worship and ministry songs recorded in NZ and Finland, producer Evan Cooper

LAUNCH concert Sat 12 MARCH 7.30 pm at St Georges Church
19 Ranfurly Rd, Epsom, Auckland, NZ!

Free entry but please buy a CD
Please do come and pass the word on! All welcome

Here are some other points for your prayer please over the next 6 months
Thanks so much for all your friendship and support

Vision (the Evangelical Alliance in NZ) National Leaders Congress (3 yearly)
Wellington NZ, 21 to 24 Feb
David leads worship for the 3rd time with a local band from Meadows Church
200 Christian leaders attend from all spheres of society, church, para-church etc

April to June
Two church weekends in Katikati (16 and 17 April) and Whangarei (11 and 12 June) including team training seminars

August – Finland and Asia
David will be in Finland 10 to 22 Aug to follow up on the new Cds and possibly record another one, which I am collaborating on with the band there
Singapore stop wekend way back,  25 to 28 Aug

September – South island NZ Rugby World Cup tour with family
Invercargill, Dunedin, and Christchurch depending on the earthquake recovery

8 to 25 Sep
Arranging a main church to host us in each city

For possible outreach concerts, training and Sunday service ministry etc
Supporting the Scottish rugby team as we travel around!

Devotion CD Launches on 12 March 2011

DLM new acoustic album Devotion for New Year 2011 release

Thrilled with how the new album is progressing, despite delays for health and August world tour!

The Finn band have added some superb strings and other tasty bits. Evan Cooper and I are heading for the mix in November. Will keep you posted on the release date in the New Year.

Here is the lyric of ‘Stolen Years’ from Joel 2 which has had strong reaction throughout NZ and Finland. Appreciate your prayers as we complete this special project.

On ya David

Stolen Years

Return to me with all your heart, for I am gracious, compassionate
Slow to anger, abounding in love
Autumn rain, and in the spring, abundant showers, I will bring
Good grain, new wine, pure oil for your soul

I will repay the stolen years
Soothing balm for all your fears
Wipe away every tear

I will repay the stolen years
Sweetest of music to your ears
Through your gloom light appears

I pour out my Spirit while, your sons and daughters prophecy
Old men dream their dreams, young men see visions
I pour out my Spirit now, on men and women I will shower
Wonders in the heavens, and on earth

Everyone, call on the name of the Lord, and be saved (rpt twice)
By my mercy, I will do great things

Return to your stronghold, all you prisoners of hope (rpt twice)
Twice as much, will I restore to you

David Lyle Morris and David Peters
©2009 Tevita Music
Po Box 99655 Newmarket, Auckland 1149, NZ

World Tour report August 2010

David had an amazing round the world tour after recovering from his May operation and infection.

1. USA

David’s trip to Willow Creek with friends, for the Global Leadership Summit, was an amazing, inspiring experience. We received so much from hanging out as friends, our church hosts, the world class teaching on leadership, business, ministry, sport and China. There was the chance to see some of the operations of this amazing large church, the beauty of Chicago’s architecture, and across the lake in Southhaven, a taste of old style holiday America, where I was able to bodysurf on one rough day! A lake the size of an Ocean! Everything is so BIG in the USA! A real insight in to the pressures the nation is facing in identity, security, immigration, finance, the military etc

2. London, Finland and Singapore

Thanks for your prayers for and help to the family, staying home in NZ, as this was a total of a month away for David over these two trips.

Guitar – was broken on way to London! Guitarist in Finnish band Anders is a luthier, and did a great job of fixing it once I arrived in Finland

Travel – the flights went so well in terms of exit row leg room, sleep etc


Concert with Mike Burn hosting on the Sat night – was a great chance to connect with a number of friends from the South East, and enjoy working with a super young band. A lovely way to recognise all God has done over the last 9 years, and to share some of the new songs charting the way forward.
Many were on holiday then sadly, so we will need to visit again sometime. The Sunday morning church service with Mike was a powerful time, as a flood of worship was released.

FINLAND 23 Aug to 1 Sep

David helped to lead worship at the 3rd annual Urban Dream Mission in Helsinki.

There was further opportunity to promote the Finnish/English live worship CD ‘Urban Praise’ (of which we are really proud) and to work with ministry friends and the band who we have built such a special connection with over the last 2 years – I felt we went deeper again in God as a ministry team, with several key leaders expressing they felt this was the best mission so far, in terms of teamwork and ease of atmosphere.

There were many highlights

  • Singing on the streets and a café – reviving the busker spirit and that cutting edge evangelistic feel, meeting street people etc
  • Working with a major Finnish pop star there who is wrestling with her faith and life in a very public way, but made a strong city witness
  • Leading worship for our Finnish publisher Paiva and staff there with Max (percussion and vocals) and Jarmo (flute) – something about the intimate acoustic approach with no mics etc!
  • Church ministry on the Sunday
  1. 12 noon service with Tapani Suonto at One Way Mission
    Again lovely intimate worship service, with Jarmo’s 17-year-old daughter Jemina joining us to sing – great to see many younger ones having the opportunity to learn about ministry from every angle
  2. Suhe service – the home church for most of the band
    Time and time again God uses us there in fresh ways, this time particularly through the song ‘Stolen Years’ from Joel 2, which will feature on the new CD

SINGAPORE Thurs 2 to Mon 6 Sep

Fri 3 Sep
Meetings with Integrity Asia about the release of Devotion went well
Good discussions re the right plan to come together for publishing and distribution
We are so grateful for this new door, and the opportunities throughout the region

Sat 4 Sep Worship workshop
with Bethesda Cathedral worship team of around 60 – was a wonderful day of opening the word, sharing experiences of the challenges of the ministry, playing together and critiquing songs, techniques etc.

The Church is so strong in Singapore (probably 3 times as many of their similarly sized 4 million population go to church, compared to NZ!) – this is one of the mid-tier churches and has a 2000 plus seater auditorium, among other facilities. Singaporean Christians have a strong sense of mission, and being a gateway to the Chinese world. There is a new challenge to them I sense in the area of materialism, and also the influence of the casino culture, which is only new there.

Sun 5 Sep
Led morning worship at Barker Rd Methodist church – played with a couple who are considering coming to NZ as missionaries! Great response to our songs, with a real hush over the end of the service as I played ‘Who can separate us’ from Romans 8. CDs were lapped up and always the Chinese would like them signed, so neat chance to meet and talk to many. A real boost of confidence comes from the way they honour us.

Evening live radio concert with 107FM at 7pm
This is an Adventist ministry, the only Christian radio station broadcast into Singapore. The concert was a beauty, as I played solo, and sang with a crowd in a lovely theatre. Was a super way to finish up, with a strong sense of Jesus close to us.

David dates for London Finland and Singapore Aug/Sep 2010

LONDON Sat 21 Aug
David Lyle Morris in concert – worship and ministry

Beckenham Hall, Beckenham, Kent

Saturday 21 August
Start time is 6.30pm
Free admission – an offering will be taken for Restore Trust

Families welcome
There will be an interval, with the chance to buy refreshments
There is a car park in St George’s Road – just 2 minutes from the hall

FINLAND 23 Aug to 1 Sep
David leads worship at the 3rd annual Urban Dream Mission in Helsinki
Further opportunity to promote the live worship CD ‘Urban Praise’ and to work with ministry friends and the band who we have built such a special connection with over the last 2 years

Church ministry on Sunday 29 Aug
1. 12 noon service with Tapani Suonto at One Way Mission
2. 5pm Suhe service

SINGAPORE Thurs 2 to Mon 6 Sep

Fri 3 Sep
Meeting s with Integrity Asia about the release of Devotion
Pls pray for the right plan to come together for publishing and distribution of the new album ‘Devotion’

Sat 4 Sep Worship workshop with
Bethesda Cathedral

Sun 5 Sep
Lead morning worship at
Barker Rd Methodist church

Evening live radio concert with 107FM at 7pm

David rocked by appendix as new album begins

David has been in hospital for a week, with a nasty appendix having to be taken out.

He is about to begin solo sessions on a new acoustic album (working title ‘Devotion’) with kiwi producer Evan Cooper (formerly of Detour 180 – drummer). We would appreciate prayer as he gets himself back to full fitness and works to hone the songs with the Lord’s inspiration/revelation, and Evan’s wonderful talents in songs and percussion and production.

We hope the album will sound more like David’s solo and small band live sessions and give room for concert/ministry/item songs, as well as the usual songs/hymns designed for the church to sing. There will a couple of old classics too, that never made any CD before!

Lots of love to you all in Jesus,

David (leaving hospital I hope at the beginning of June)