David will travel to Finland in April to continue to promote the latest release ‘Northland’
Saturday 4 April – EASTER SATURDAY SERVICE – Satama Church
With Jarmo Sormunen at 4.30pm
David and acoustic band lead worship, perform some songs and Jarmo will interview David about the meaning of Easter. We will use a brand new Easter Resurrection Praise song ‘He’s alive’!
All songs and spoken words will be translated to Finnish. No formal sermon
Great to invite friends to!
Sunday 5 April– EASTER SUNDAY SERVICE – Free Church
With Max Maetoloa at 1PM
David and acoustic band lead worship and perform some songs in English speaking service
No formal sermon. Great to invite friends to!
FINNISH LUTHERN MISSION Mini tour
with Nick Chan (NZ) on percussion
KESKI SUOMI – Middle Finland
Wednesday 8 April: Ilmajoki
Breakfast meeting for entrepreneurs at 07.15-09.00 in Ravintola Kestikartano.
David and Nick perform some songs
Concert in Palosaari Church at 19.00-20.30
David and Nick perform some songs and lead worship
Thursday 9 April: Vaasa
Breakfast meeting for entrepreneurs at 07.15-09.00 in Fondis.
David and Nick perform some songs
Tornava Church concert at 18.00-19.30
David and Nick perform some songs and lead worship
Friday 10th April: Seinäjoki
Breakfast meeting for entrepreneurs at 07.15-09.00 in Hotel Alma
Wed 15 Acoustic gig Anders shop evening tbc?
Luotsikatu 5, Helsinki
Sat 18 – OPKO acoustic seminar and concert with Jussi Miettinen near Lohja
Time and details tbc
Sun 19 – One way mission in Helsinki – 12 noon church service – tbc?
HONG KONG with Seb Harris (NZ)
Ministry with Juri Veikkola –Thurs 23 to Mon 27 April
1. Finland November 2013 tour Endlessly CD
The November tour started with a flight North to Oulu with a great band – so much fun to start playing the Endlessly songs again with the band
Radio Dei event in a cathedral in Helsinki – Endlessly songs again were the feature as we reunited with Teemu Viinikainen on guitar for an unforgettable night in such a beautiful venue
Kokkola– small band, Nina Astrom joined us for another smaller celebration of Radio Dei’s birthday – 3 languages flowed seamlessly
Seinajoki – Pentecostal church night service – delayed radio coverage of our small acoustic band – we always have such profound free times of worship in this setting
Sastamala – Manku home church – full band, was wonderful to share our songs with manku’s family and friends
Jyvaskyla – Jarmo Sormunen’s church 4.30pm – combined band for worship was awesome and Jarmo S made an interview with me to flesh out our passion for worship. A super response from this thriving new church
Joensuu – Russian border – small band, powerful night in this remote town that loves visitors and is passionate about music. A staff member joined us on cello which was fab esoecially on ‘We in Christ are one’
Recording: Northland album
When I was touring Finland in November 2013, we grabbed 2 days in Manku’s (Markus Vainiomaki) Helsinki studio. We had a ball recording 13 songs, including current live favourite song ‘I am yours'( based on the final days of Dietrich Bonhoeffer), an a bunch of new blues numbers. The band totally rocked. The most amazing 2 days recording I have ever known!
This our 15th album – it opens with Music in me’ a rocker I wrote at Marty Crowe’s batch, looking back on my 50 years, and how Jesus and the wonderful music and people in my life, have shaped who I am.
Can’t wait for you to hear the band an especially Teemu Viinikainen’s astounding blues and acoustic playing. Wait til you hear the stonking guitar on ‘What goes up’, ‘Relentless’ and ‘Somewhere, someone’ co-written by Anders Liljestrom. 10 of the songs are co-writes, Anders is such a great writer and luthier, with the other 3 songs that I bought to the table pretty much complete and road tested in Thames and Newmarket. Anders songs ‘Wonder why’ and ‘Bluebird’ are absolute tear jerkers!
2. The June 2014 tour to launch ‘Northland’
Dei Festival in Seinajoki
David and band played outdoor at Radio Dei’s big summer celebration
Olli Helenius came as a one-off on drums and rocked! Wonder why – our song to remember Amanda Pouttu who lived for one day on earth, was incredibly special to sing on her birthday – 24 years on! Caught up with Juri Veikkola and family on holiday from Hong Kong and planned my April 2015 visit there
IsoKirja’s Midsummer Conference in Keuru
Thur’s evening concert at the main tent with Nina Astrom – wonderful to attend this large Pentecostal summer camp for the 1st time
It was a cold night but we really rocked ‘Well of life’ with a visiting African pastor
Friday evening English worship session in youth tent with 1000 young people – this was such a blast as I challenged the ‘Pente’s’ not to lose their roots in the Holy Spirit and passionate joyful worship! Israel Houghton followed on from us in the main tent that night!
New album ‘Northland’ launch gig with Olli Helenius acoustic support
Sture 21 pub Helsinki. It was a joy to rock out with Teemu just as he returned from playing in Aussie! One of those rare chances to play the whole album through and feel te power of the songs in spirit and music and message
Great to grab some time with Anders again to begin writing some new material. We have some more songs in the mode of the last 2 albums (blues etc) and some new worship oriented material on the boil. Please pray for the right direction ahead, especially as we meet up again in April 2015 and plan the way ahead. What a super partnership along with Manku in production.
Excited to be returning to Finland in June 2014, after a super tour in November 2013, when we started recording our new album to follow up ‘Endlessly’.
Come and see our super band and hear the new album!
1. Saturday 14 June Dei Festival in Seinajoki
David and band play at 4pm at Radio Dei’s big summer celebration
2. IsoKirja’s Midsummer Conference in Keuru
Thurs 19 June – 7pm concert at Keuruu event with Nina Astrom
Friday 20 June – 5pm English worship session
3. New album launch gig with Olli Helenius
Sture 21 Helsinki 7pm we will ahve a party to celebrate the new album, and play all the songs with the full band! You have got to be there!
David is currently working on his 15th album with friends in Finland. He plans to record it over there in November 2013
Dates for Finland in November 2013 so far
Oulu Friday 1 November
Evening starts at 18.00
DLM set at 19.15 for 45 minutes
Helsinki Sunday 3 November
12.00 One Way Mission church service
16.00 Radio Dei event
Itäinen Papinkatu 2, 00530 Helsinki
Kokkola Tuesday 5 November
Gig 18.00 with Nina Astrom
Seinajoki Wednesday 6 November
19.00 Pentecostal church night service
Sastamala Friday 8 November
Jyvaskyla Saturday 9 November
Jarmo Sormunen’s church 4.30pm worship service
Joensuu Sunday 10 November
Pielesensuun seurakunta – 4pm worship service
David had an amazing round the world tour after recovering from his May operation and infection.
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
- 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
- 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.