Slater Armstrong - website


Mission Statement

Slater's calling is amplifying the "voice" of the persecuted church in Sudan.


Bio

The Gift Of Music

While growing up in New Roads, La., a sleepy little Cajun settlement town on the banks of an oxbow lake called False River, I discovered my love of music and affinity for playing the piano. I graduated early from Poydras High School in 1976 and began college at age 17, studying theater at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.

My desire for music development and south Louisiana culture sent me home in 1978 to pursue music composition and piano performance at LSU, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Southern University. I completed a degree in music therapy at Loyola University in New Orleans.


The Call to Mission

In September 1986 I moved to Montana to join a mission organization called YWAM (Youth With A Mission). I traveled to Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium and France, using music to share the good news of Jesus.

While in YWAM, in 1990 I began a touring ministry called "Troubadour" to challenge the Episcopal Church to play a role in the Great Commission and taking the gospel to the people groups in the 10/40 Window.

In the summer of 1997, I toured with Integrity artist Bob Fitts in Toronto, upstate New York, and New England, and also featured as a worship leader on Integrity's Renewal Music project, Intimate Worship, released in 2000. My cuts from this project have been featured on 15 Integrity's Hosanna! compilation projects, including All Creatures Of Our God And King is on the first song on the first Hymns4Worship project and When It's All Been Said And Done is featured on the summer '07 release, Heaven.


The Call to Sudan/Kush

At the New Wineskins for Global Mission Conference in 1997, we heard from Marc Nikkel, a missionary priest to Sudan for over 20 years. Together with Bishop Nathaniel Garang of Bor Diocese and the Rev. Bartholomeyo Bol Deng, a worship leader among the Lost Boys of Sudan, he presented a child-sized, coffin-shaped box that contained a number of hand-carved crosses made by Dinka Christians. Some were ornately decorated with shrapnel and empty cartridges. They told the miraculous story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, the horrors of the genocide in Sudan, the torture and enslavement of men, women and children, and the transforming power of the Cross among the people in their suffering. It broke my heart.

"How can this be in our day and time, and why don't You do something about this?" I asked the Lord.

"Why don't you do something about it?" the Lord replied.

"I don't have money, power or influence, not even a job. What can I do?" I asked.

"What have I given you? What do you have in your hand?"

"Music and a heart that worships You," I said.

"I want you to take their songs that worship me in the midst of the most intense suffering on the planet and make it accessible to the church in the West. They need to hear it!"

This is what I've been seeking to do ever since.


The Mission

Joining Our Voices is taken from the text of the Eucharistic liturgy of the Anglican/Episcopal Church. "Therefore, joining our voices with angels and archangels, and all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to glorify your name, ... Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord! God of power and might! Heaven and earth are full of Your Glory! (Isaiah 6:3) Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" (John 12:13)

Source: Book of Common Prayer Liturgy of the Sacrament of The Body of Christ

The mission of Joining Our Voices is to find expression of the sounds of heavenly worship here on earth. The sound of heavenly worship will not be what we hear in our church on Sunday mornings, nor of that heard in the new "outer sanctuaries" of fields, stadiums, and concert halls with modern "edgy" music (that I happen to love and enjoy leading). It will be the sound of multitudes from different tribes and tongues and nations, expressing their heartfelt worship in a blended sound of "world-beat" style! It is worship that represents more than the church of the west which shrinks in comparison to the size of the rapidly emerging church in developing nations! Nations such as those found in Africa, China, and other places where worship often takes the form of literally offering up one's life unto death.

This offering of one's life unto death is where Even In Sorrow comes in as an inaugural project, "eaves-dropping" on the sound of worship in heaven. It is introducing the songs of the persecuted multitudes in Sudan to the rest of the western world, a sound and concept that is unfamiliar to our ears and to our hearts. The intention of this project is to help the church in the west begin to merge with the church in the rest of the world, truly functioning as "One Body", singing as one, and caring enough about the other members of this Body so that we realize the truth of the statement, "when one member suffers, the whole body suffers!"

Even in Sorrow is the work and vision of Slater Armstrong, a worship leader, missionary, and musician. He was called by God to this work after hearing first hand testimony from a Sudanese Episcopal Bishop (The Rt. Rev. Nathaniel Garang), a Sudanese song leader (Bartholomeyo Bol Deng) , and a missionary to the Sudan (The Rev. Marc Nikkel, now deceased) in 1997. In 1999, Slater arranged and paid for cartage of all necessary recording equipment to be brought with him to Uganda and Sudan.