The Chriestenson Family
Up with Worship! is the international outreach of Lubbock Rays of Hope, directed by Pat's daughter, and Ministry Director, Patti Chriestenson. Up with Worship! reaches out to many people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This ministry has blessed children in orphanages, children's homes, schools, churches, and homes with music instruments, books, tapes, CD's and DVD's. Our goal has been to encourage children and adults to develop a relationship with God through the means of praise and worship.
Psalm 22:3 indicates that God inhabits (lives in) the praises of his people. As we encourage both children and adults to enter into worship and praise God, then they're drawn closer to God as He lives within their praises.
It's easy to think about a fish swimming in water. This concepts seems both natural and easy to understand. If you take a fish out of water - this action is bound to create a stir from a child. "Hurry, put it back in the water!"
In the same manner, we, as God's creations, were made to be in His presence. We were made to live and dwell with God. Worship isn't just singing or playing an instrument. Worship is loving God and living in God. It's simply being with God. So the next time you see a fish swimming freely - may this scene remind you of your life. Swim, float - just be in the presence of God. This is where you belong!