Hearing my children sing praise to Jesus is one of my favorite things about being a mama! For the past half year, my kids have listened to the Stream of Praise Chinese Christian music almost every day on their CD player! On the weekends, we allow limited screentime in the morning, and they almost always choose Stream of Praise!!! (It’s true: they usually choose this over Ciaohu!)
Title: Stream of Praise Chinese Music Ministries
Language: Mandarin Chinese, traditional Chinese
Where to Buy/Listen:
I first found out about Stream of Praise Chinese Christian music after searching for worship music on iTunes. Then I heard from my Facebook group that they have an international store with DVDs and CDs. Although we already had their music on iTunes, I am a fan of old-fashioned CDs because 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 screentime!)
Overview of Stream of Praise
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. You can shop for children’s music in this link.
Review of Stream of Praise DVDs and CDs
We have the following Stream of Praise albums:
- Twinkle, Twinkle
- 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, but you can also access lyrics on the Stream of Praise website’s song database. 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 about 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!
Stream of Praise Music Videos for Children
Of the 3 albums that we have, the Fill Our Hearts with Love DVD is my favorite 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 daughter LOVES following along to this and trying 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.
If you are unsure about which albums to purchase, you can preview their music on their website under the “children” tab in this link or on their YouTube channel. 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!
Although my kids are only toddlers, I have heard that these songs are enjoyed among elementary-aged children.
Here is a list of the mini-lessons on their YouTube channel.
My only complaint…
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. For our family, the main benefit of videos is to see real Chinese Christians! Generally, we limit screentime so the kids have more activity, but we do allow some so that my children know that people like them exist outside of our largely Caucasian, monolingual community!
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 but can also be enjoyed by children. Please note that the language for the adult worship music may be difficult for a non-fluent speaker to understand because they sing and speak more quickly. However, I absolutely love this song, 君王就在這裡 Worthy Is the King!
I hope this has been a helpful overview of the beautiful Chinese worship music from Stream of Praise! Praise Jesus for blessing us with this wonderful music!!!
Stream of Praise also have music board books for toddlers – read more here!
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
For more resources and support, please join our Facebook group Christian Parents Raising Bilingual Children in English & Chinese!