Hearing my children sing praise to Jesus is one of the greatest blessings! For the past year, my kids have listened to the 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise Chinese Christian music almost every day on their CD player! On the weekends, we allow limited screen time in the morning, and they almost always choose Stream of Praise!!! (It’s true: they usually choose this over Ciaohu!) Since our family is not fluent in Chinese, we generally discuss the Bible in English. 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 excited to share with you why we love this music! At the end of the post are printable lyrics to one of the albums, and I’ll update this post in the future as I have time to translate the lyrics.
Title: 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise Chinese Music Ministries
Language: Mandarin Chinese, traditional Chinese
Where to Buy/Listen:
I first found out about 讚美之泉 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 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. You can shop for children’s music in this link.
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, 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!
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 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!
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 screen time so the kids have more physical activity. However, we do allow some so that my children know that people like them exist outside of our largely Caucasian, monolingual community!
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 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!
讚美之泉 Stream of Praise Lyrics in Chinese, English, and Pinyin
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 in the following languages:
- 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
Click on the link above to preview and print your desired language! Currently, we have the song lyrics in a 3-ring binder for convenience as shown in the photo below.
You may also want to read this post about how we organize our CDs so that they are easily accessible by my children!
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!!!
讚美之泉 Stream of Praise also has 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
Bilingual Chinese Christian Facebook group!
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