For the past few years, my kids have listened to the 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise Chinese Christian music almost every day on their CD player! They also enjoy singing and dancing to their 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise music board books. Therefore, I’m excited to share with you why we love 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise Chinese Christian music and recommend them to everyone!
Learning about Jesus in Chinese
Since our family is not fluent in Chinese, most of our Christian resources are in English. We’re not quite ready to delve into Chinese Christian Bibles as we are prioritizing God’s word in our most fluent language.
However, when I found the 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise Chinese Christian music on iTunes last year, it gave us a chance to learn and express our love for Jesus in a new language.
I’m so grateful for 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise’s music, because one of our goals for learning Chinese was to talk about Jesus with more people.
讚美之泉 Stream of Praise Chinese Music Ministries
- Language: Mandarin Chinese, traditional Chinese
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Contents of this 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise review
- Overview of 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise
- Review of 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise DVDs and CDs
- Why we bought 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise DVDs and CDs even though they are on iTunes and YouTube
- Examples of 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise Music Videos for Children
- My only complaint about 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise…
- Why we make an exception for screen time with 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise
- Example of 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise Music Videos for Adults
- 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise Lyrics in Chinese, English, and Pinyin – Free printables
- Organizing Chinese Music CDs and song lyrics
1. Overview of 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise
讚美之泉 Stream of Praise is an interdenominational non-profit Christian organization dedicated to spreading the gospel through worship music. Based in California (United States), they also have ministries in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The Stream of Praise website can be viewed in traditional Chinese or English, and they have an international online store.
2. Review of 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise DVDs and CDs
We have the following Stream of Praise albums:
- Twinkle, Twinkle (printable lyrics for this album at the end of the post)
- There is a God
- Fill Our Hearts with Love
Each album is comprised of original compositions by Stream of Praise. Lyrics in traditional Chinese are included with each album.
The DVDs have subtitles in traditional Chinese and English. While the audio is mostly Mandarin, the singers and actors intermittently code switch and interject some English.
Both the CDs and DVDs have vocals from adults and children followed by mini lessons!
The lessons address common questions that children may have about God and the world, and at the end of the lesson, the teacher reviews a relevant verse.
I love that there is dialogue about Jesus between real people speaking Chinese!
3. Why did we buy 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise DVDs and CDs even though they are on iTunes and YouTube?
I first discovered 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise Chinese Christian music after searching for worship music on iTunes. Then I came across their international store with DVDs and CDs.
Although we already had their Chinese music on iTunes, I am a fan of old-fashioned CDs for my kids can play music independently. They learn to be careful and appreciate the delicate nature of CDs – that we can’t take beautiful music for granted. Also, it’s one less time that I am accessing my phone (I am trying to cut down on my own screen time!)
Due to commercials and distracting “suggested videos” on YouTube, we prefer using DVDs. We also want to support this wonderful Christian company by shopping in their store!
4. Examples of 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise Music Videos for Children
Of the 3 albums that we have, my daughter’s favorite album is Twinkle Twinkle. However, my favorite is the Fill Our Hearts with Love DVD because because they teach different ways to pray in Mandarin Chinese as shown in this video. This particular album also teaches a few songs on the ukulele!
At the latter half of each DVD, the teachers demonstrate how to do the dance moves. My kids love to follow along and try to perform the dance moves!
In this video clip, I think the animated background is very distracting, but Stream of Praise has other demonstrations with natural backgrounds.
Here is clip of How Awesome You Are [主祢真偉大], one of my favorite performances complete with orchestra!
As for my children, Jesus is My Best Friend is one of their favorite songs!
Here is a list of the mini-lessons on their YouTube channel.
5. My only complaint about 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise…
The only downside is that they have some animation in their videos. Actually, it’s a very small percentage of each DVD, but in my humble opinion, the cartoons are very unnecessary.
6. Making an exception for screen time
For our family, the main benefit of videos is to see real Chinese Christians! Generally, my kids have minimal screen time so that they have more interactive, social and physical activity.
However, we do allow limited Chinese screen time on the weekend. This shows them that people like them exist outside of our largely Caucasian, monolingual community. I’m thankful that they almost always choose Stream of Praise!!! (It’s true: they usually choose this over Ciaohu!)
7. Example of 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise Music Videos for Adults
Although we have only Stream of Praises’ children’s worship music, most of their music is actually geared for adolescents and adults.
I love this song, 君王就在這裡 Worthy Is the King! But the language for the adult worship music is difficult for me to understand, because they sing and speak quickly.
8. 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise Lyrics in Chinese, English, and Pinyin – Free printables
The Stream of Praise website has lyrics of each song in English and traditional Chinese. Since my daughter and I want to learn to read and write the lyrics, I typed out all of the lyrics to the 一閃一閃亮晶晶 Twinkle Twinkle album.
Click on the links below to preview and print the lyrics in your desired language!
- 一閃一閃亮晶晶 Simplified Chinese
- 一閃一閃亮晶晶 Traditional Chinese
- 一闪一闪亮晶晶 Simplified Chinese with Pinyin and English
- 一閃一閃亮晶晶 Traditional Chinese with Pinyin and English
You can use the Youdao Dictionary Pen to scan and narrate the text in Chinese and English!
9. Organizing Chinese Music CDs and song lyrics
Currently, we have the song lyrics in a 3-ring binder for convenience as shown in the photo above. Please read this post about how we organize our CDs so that they are easily accessible by my children!
Have you heard of 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise? If so, what is your favorite album?
I hope this has been a helpful overview of the beautiful Chinese worship music from 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise! Praise Jesus for blessing us with this wonderful music!!! We’d love to hear which songs and albums are your favorites!
Chinese Christian crafts for children
Here are fun, hands-on Christian crafts that you can do with your kids!
- “Jesus is King” crown craft and coloring pages
- Washi Tape Cross Craft
- Easter egg craft stick puzzle
- Chalk eggs with glue resist