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Song Story for: “I Am Here”

This is what the Regency Park Baptist Church worship center looked like before the tornado.

On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado roared through Central Oklahoma, devastating parts of the communites of Moore, Del City, Midwest City, and SW Oklahoma City.  In the path of this tornado was a church that is close to our hearts, Regency Park Baptist Church in Moore, where Travis served from 1989 until 1993.   The tornado destroyed 5 of the 6 buildings of Regency Park, as well as schools, homes, apartment buildings, and other structures.  Over 40 people were killed on that day as a tornado outbreak swept across parts of the state.  More than 3 dozen of Regency Park’s families lost their homes.  Our hearts were hurting along with our friends and brothers and sisters in Christ, though we no longer lived in Moore.  We kept in touch with the prayer needs of the people, and Travis was inspired to write a song of comfort and encouragement.  That song was, “I Am Here.”  It’s a message about the nearness of God’s presence even in times of uncertainty and calamity.   “I Am Here” is still a special song to the people of Regency Park.  Travis was asked to direct the Reunion Choir in singing it at the 50th Anniversary Celebration Worship service in July of 2011.

Many other churches and individuals have also been touched by this message of God’s abiding presence.  The Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma sang “I Am Here” as part of their repertoire in several concerts during the months of recovery efforts for the people whose lives had been torn asunder.   Regency Park was able to meet offsite temporarily as they renovated and restored their one remaining building, which had been heavily damaged by the tornado.  Eventually, they were able to purchase adjoining land and build a new Worship center, fellowship space, offices, and additional classroom space.  The photograph of the remains of Regency Park’s former worship center was taken not long after the tornado, before the building had to be razed.  This church continues to serve their community and be a light for Christ in this world, in spite of all of the challenges they have overcome.  God was with them through it all, and his message to the people of Regency Park through their darkest hour still resonates for all who know the Lord:     “Be encouraged!  I Am here!”

In this aerial view of some of the devastation in the community of Moore, the buildings of Regency Park Baptist Church are the red brick buildings on the far left, shown under the white water tower.  5 of the 6 buildings were no longer structurally sound and were razed.   The two story educational building at the farthest left side of the photo is the only remaining building still standing today.  The other red brick church building shown near the taller water tower is the First Baptist Church of Moore, which also sustained damage.  Since their damage was not as severe, this church was able to salvage all of their buildings and was able to shelter the homeless and care for tornado victims in other ways, with help from volunteers from churches all over the Oklahoma City metro area.

NOTE:  There were schools that were destroyed in the 1999 tornado, just as there have been in the 2013 storm.  In 1999, it was later in the day when the tornado hit; so school children were no longer in those buildings.  In fact, in the above photo, you should have been able to see a school that was across the street from Regency Park.  (Regency is on the west side of Janeway Avenue, and the school was on the east side.)  However, that school was blown away.  In addition, there was a Moore Public Schools resource center right next to Regency Park, on the same side of Janeway.  That building was also blown away and was not re-built.  Regency Park Baptist purchased the adjacent land where the resource building had been from the school district, and their new buildings are on the purchased lot (a large parcel of city block size).

2013 UPDATE:  Regency Park Baptist Church did not lose any of its buildings in the May, 2013, tornado.  So far, from their church facebook page, they are reporting that 3 member families lost their homes in the 2013 storm, and 5 had major damage.  I’m sure that there is some minor damage such as lost shingles or broken windows in many more homes, and they are all coping with having no water or electricity as well as debris everywhere (in the immediate aftermath).   One family also lost family members.  Their graand-daughter and young great grandson were among the lives lost.  Regency Park members are already involved in helping and are looking for additional ways to help as neighborhoods are opened up for clean-up.  Local and state churches and agencies are hard at work, and help is coming in from everywhere.  Please continue to pray for the people in this devastated area and for all of those who are helping them to recover.

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Song story by Cynthia Boyd
WorshipSounds Music

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Travis directs the reunion choir (at the Regency Park Baptist  Church 50th Anniversary service) in singing "I Am Here".  The service took place in the new Worship Center, which was built to replace the one destroyed by the tornado in 1999.

Travis directs the reunion choir (at the Regency Park Baptist
Church 50th Anniversary service) in singing “I Am Here”. The service took place in the new Worship Center, which was built to replace the one destroyed by the tornado in 1999.

Click this image to go to our WorshipSounds website.

Click this image to go to our WorshipSounds website.

*  “I Am Here”, written by Travis L. Boyd, is still available as a Choral Anthem for SATB Choir on our website, with a Full Orchestration available as well.
*  “I Am Here”  is also available in a solo version
in multiple keys for vocalists.

Both the choral and solo versions can be found on our Worship Sounds Music website.

@ http://www.worshipsounds.com
(See the Adult Choir music page for the choral version and the Home Page for the solo versions.)

The Medium Voice Solo version demo above features the accompaniment track, which is the same arrangement as the Full Orchestration that is available.

PLEASE VIEW THIS CHORAL VIDEO DEMO IN FULLSCREEN MODE TO SEE LYRICS BEST.
The SATB Choral Video demo features a computer playback of the piano part and vocals, with the music scrolling as you listen.

There is a Full Orchestration available for “I Am Here”.

Our post entitled “Blessings Through God’s Presence”  also references “I Am Here” and the ministry of The Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma.
http://www.worshipsounds.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/blessings-through-gods-presence/

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The new Worship Center of Regency Park Baptist Church, built for the glory of God.

The new Worship Center of Regency Park Baptist Church, built for the glory of God.

To view a photo album from Regency Park’s facebook page, which has photos of the tornado damage in 1999 as well as photos of the one remaining building (the 2-story Education Building), which did not have to be razed.  There are some photos in this album of the worship space that was created on the main floor of the education building when the damaged building was repaired as well as a few photos of the beginning of work on the newly purchased land where new buildings were eventually located.
https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.126506717416263.21312.126214997445435&type=3

To view a photo album of the construction process on the new buildings, go to this link:
https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.140818025985132.27951.126214997445435&type=3

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Blessings through God’s Faithfulness

**THE  SINGING  CHURCHMEN  OF  OKLAHOMA**

The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma will always be such a special group of brothers for me.   As a member of the Churchmen for over 18 years, I have very close friendships with so many of the fine Ministers of Music and Worship in this group.  We’ve travelled around the world together, sharing the good news of Christ though music, testimony, and every other way imaginable.  I’ve been to Russia, Estonia, Latvia, China, Hong Kong, and Australia with this group.  It has been a joy and a blessing to know these men, worship together with them during rehearsal times and concert performances, and then serve with them in other mission opportunities.  One of the things that is most special about this talented group is their love for the Lord and for each other.   These brothers pray for one another and are willing to help any of the group that may have a major need.  We’ve seen God answer so many prayers.  We’ve prayed for healing for each other, for those who were seeking a place of service, for family situations, and for God to use our efforts to glorify Himself.  We’ve also prayed for doors to open in the countries to which we’ve travelled.  There were often large stumbling blocks that could have been a real problem for our group and our ministry; but time after time, we saw God answer the prayers for open doors in really miraculous ways.  For example, our group made the trip to Russia, Estonia, and Latvia just after the fall of Communism, in Spring of 1993.  We were even able to minister and share the gospel in public schools, which was really amazing.

In our ministry as a group and in our individual lives, all of the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma could testify to the faithfulness of our God.  I was inspired to write a song about God’s faithfulness in my life, and I shared it with Dr. Bill Green, who was then the Director of both The Singing Churchmen and The Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma.  Brother Bill loved “God is Faithful” and made it part of our concert repertoire for several years.  The next time the Churchmen recorded a CD, “God is Faithful” became the title song.  The song was eventually published by the Monarch division of Lorenz music, and I have no idea at this point how many churches are still singing it.  I do hear from people regularly about how this song has touched their lives.   That’s the biggest blessing of all.  It’s a wonderful privelege to be able to share this message of God’s faithfulness with my brothers in Christ in both Oklahoma and Georgia.  The Sons of Jubal also have sung “God is Faithful,”  and it became the title song of one of their CD’s (recorded in a different year & with different repertoire from the Churchmen CD).  In addition, The Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma have sung  “God is Faithful”  in many church concerts.  It was also sung in Australia during our Singing Churchmen mission trip, but not by the men.   The wives who went along on the mission trip to Australia in 2003 had their own choir, with over 80 of the women choosing to participate.  They divided into 2 choirs for some events and sang together for others.   These women gave concerts in churches all over the Sydney area (even in nearby seaside communities such as Cronulla) and then all over the Brisbane area, even singing at a pineapple canning factory.  They were the groups that were singing  “God is Faithful”  in Australia, though everyone who went on that trip could testify to God’s faithfulness in so many ways.

Many times, the message of  “God is Faithful”  has ministered to Cindy and I as we have faced trials.  She has said that in the messages God inspires me to write, He knows the message that we will need to hear at some point in our future.   If the song  “God is Faithful”  has been a blessing to you, remember that it is not the song itself that is the source of blessing.  It’s the TRUTH of the message of this song that makes it so meaningful to those of us who are walking with the Lord.   What a blessing it is to know that our God is faithful in all things, and that he is ever-present in our lives!

“God IS faithful.   He will not forget His own.  God is faithful…He’ll never leave you all alone!   He’s right beside you, waiting to guide you; for the One who called you is faithful.  God is faithful…when the valley is so low.  God is faithful…whereever He leads you to go!  Cast your cares on Him, and rest within His loving arms.  For the One who called you is faithful.  God IS faithful ! ”   (Lyrics to the chorus from “God is Faithful”)

Copyright Travis L. Boyd, Boydbrain Music

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Here is the audio from my Sound Cloud of the recording of “God is Faithful” made by The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma as the title song of one of their CDs.

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HERE  IS  THE  LINK  for the original studio demo of   “God is Faithful.”
http://www.lorenz.com/Med/Sample/10_2978M.mp3
You can  VIEW   THE  MUSIC  AS  YOU  LISTEN  to the demo by going to the publisher’s product page for  “God is Faithful”  at the link below.
Click the listening icon, immediately minimize the media player, and click the Adobe sample page link to see and hear the music simultaneously.
http://www.lorenz.com/product.aspx?id=10_2978M

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Many more songs written by Travis L. Boyd can be found
on our WorshipSounds Music website.

Worshipful and affordable music for your Choirs, Orchestra, Ensembles, and Soloists
http://www.worshipsounds.com

Click photo above to go to our WorshipSounds website

Click photo above to go to our WorshipSounds website

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