The following musical composition, Prayer For Asia, was recorded live by the TAD Wind Symphony at Kumin Hall in Tokyo on June 11, 2009. As the song title suggest, Prayer For Asia has its inspiration from a prayer for Asia that began in Japan.
Anthony (Tony) Labounty is the composer of Prayer For Asia, he is the one who takes a bow at the end of the video. Tony is in his 23rd year as a professor at my alumni UNLV (University of Las Vegas Nevada). Tony has a big heart to pray for the students and faculty there and he is seeing the Lord working in the lives of many… It was also during my time there as a student that I first understood the gospel and began to see it transform my life.
The Lord has also given Tony a heart for Japan, a few months ago he shared with me about his experience.
My first visit to Japan was in 1993. I was a non-Christian at the time. I noticed then how unique the Japanese people were; their traditions were very strong. Some of the traditions were/are quite good (i.e. how older citizens are treated with respect) whereas other traditions are actually restrictive and are certainly not of the Lord. I visited Japan again in 2001 observing many of the same types of societal traits. In the summer of 2009 I was privileged to bring my wife and 9-year-old daughter to Tokyo for the international premier of my composition Prayer For Asia. The performance was conducted by Professor Takayoshi Suzuki with the TAD Wind Symphony at Kumin Hall. Since Prayer For Asia was, I believe, a direct inspiration from the Lord, we knew then (and still today) that the Lord was going to use Prayer For Asia to draw all of His Asian children to Himself. To this day, I still pray that the Holy Spirit use Prayer For Asia to soften hearts and minds to the Gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Prayer for Asia is dedicated to Tony’s Colleague and friend Takayoshi (Tad) Suzuki. Soon copies of the conductor’s score will be sold worldwide through music retailers online. It is my prayer too that the Lord would use Prayer For Asia to open hearts and minds to the gospel in Asia… and especially in Japan.
To learn more about Prayer For Asia please visit Jesus Loves Japan on YouTube.