[Written by the Conference host.]
Children from all over the world singing together their praise and thanks to their Savior: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so! Little ones to Him belong. They are weak but He is strong.”
That was the dream of the 3rd graders at Mt. Olive Lutheran School in Mankato, Minnesota, back in 2016, when they recorded themselves singing this universally favorite childrens’ (and adults’) hymn, and then sent out an invitation to children in churches in other countries to join them in this same praise in their own languages. The idea and plans were reported by teacher Amanda Buelow in the first GOWM online conference in 2016.
In a couple years, the children had indeed been joined by children singing in four other languages: Czech, Mandarin, Urdu and Portuguese. These were reported in last year’s GOWM conference.
The invitation is still out there, and more responses are arriving. A Spanish version is sung by the kids at Cruz de Cristo Lutheran Mission in Mahahual, Mexico
We’ve been promised a German version by our good friend Lorenz Holland-Moritz in Dresden (pictured above); when it arrives we will update this presentation and link to it here.
We’ve heard rumors of a version in Swedish coming soon.
Here is where the other language versions can be heard:
On the cross He took my place.
There He suffered and He died
That I might be glorified.
Jesus loves me, God’s own Son
Over sin the victory won!
When I die, saved by His grace,
I shall see Him face to face.
Jesus loves me. He is near.
He is with His Church so dear.
And the Spirit He has sent
By His Word and Sacrament.
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