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To make the world hear every nation sing

“Something happens when we hear another native tongue,” says Martin Sham, helping pioneer YWAM Amsterdam and Europe’s first Audio Production Course (APC) in January 2018. The three month school will be followed by an outreach to an unreached people group.

“We will take our audio equipment and see what God will do with the soundtrack of their native tongue. I want to create awareness for a specific people group among all of western society to hear other nations, even their cry of desperation.

Martin’s vision of the school in one sentence: “To make the world hear every nation sing.”

Isaiah 56 and Revelation 7 sum this up: “for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” and “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, to missionary parents, Martin (24) declined a Berkley College of Music degree to follow Jesus. And he did follow, first to a DTS in Australia and then two years into India. “God led me through many countries, and He led me back to music studio recording after a period of giving it up.”

Martin saw pictures of him on stage as a 2 year old, picking up the mike when he couldn’t speak yet. “I had classic piano lessons, which was hard! I eventually picked up guitar, bass, drums, and loved it. Of course the choir was in the mix too.”

“I was really happy in India and ready to staff DTS’s the rest of my life, until my leader felt the Lord was releasing me to something else.” Martin, not been in Holland before, only heard the word ‘Amsterdam’ and found out there was a studio. “I hoped I wouldn’t like it! Yet God stirred the vision, and I was falling in love with Amsterdam and the community”.

Martin did the production course in Montana, one of its kind in the world. “I want to raise up youth in Europe to be a light in the music industry, and to re-establish the young artist,” he says with passion.

“The 3 months lecture phase (students will have to complete a DTS first) will create excellence in the skill of audio producing and engineering, using Pro-tools 101, recognised by every studio in the world. Students will learn to tune instruments and use a mike. Some music knowledge will be helpful but they don’t have to be playing an instrument. Curriculum will be reviewed by the APC leaders of Montana, and amazing people with years of experience will be teaching.”

The course will be promoted on the web later on.