Day 6: Music makes relationships
Good values weren’t enough for Linda Hamfors of Stockholm, Sweden. Linda, who grew up in an atheist family, believed Jesus was “a really amazing guy” and learned values from her parents like forgiveness, acceptance and love.
But good values couldn’t sustain the singer/songwriter through the tumultuous years when her parents began drinking more and pursuing materialistic gain.
“I was kind of a little bit left alone with my good values and I wasn’t feeling good,” Linda says.
Struggling with addiction herself, Linda searched for God. She found a church. She began singing in church, and the Gospel songs moved her to tears.
Then, she heard church planters Eric and Anissa Haney — also musicians — perform at an event in her city. They sang songs Anissa had written about life, hope and love.
“My mind was going, ‘Oh, this is too much about Jesus and God,’” Linda recalls. “But my heart was saying, ‘Yes!’”
Today, Linda is a follower of Jesus. She attends a couple of home Bible study groups. She’s learning to tell her story — in words and music. Together Linda and Anissa wrote a song they performed for Sweden’s National Peace Day.
“The ‘Peace Song’ is about relationships,” Linda explains. “It’s about what it takes to trust and find peace.”
Pray Linda will continue to grow close to God.
Pray God will use the Haneys and their music to point others to Jesus.
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