I’m so excited about this song! We were trying to decide on a song list for this album and I thought, “What if we do a hymn in African?” I told the guys my idea and they told me to record it so they could hear what I was thinking. Well, I dragged my feet a little bit on the recording and then before I knew it, they needed it right away because we were finishing up our song choices for the album. So with strep throat and no knowledge of Todd’s language (Kituba) I tried my best to make something that sounded decent.
I did not succeed! My husband pulled some random African beat from garage band and I sang, in quite a manly voice, as best I could. When I got the part where it should be Kituba spoken, I hadn’t planned ahead for what I would say, so I just said “Hakuna Mattata” from the Lion King. It cracked the boys up. They’ve promised to never let anyone hear it, and I’m holding them to it!
Then once we were in the studio it was so cool because the boys would stop and say, “Okay Amy, is this what you wanted? How do you want it?” I felt so special to be included in the producing part. It’s like my crazy little idea has come to life and I love the way it turned out.
This song has always been one of my favorites. I love the story behind how it was written. The author was a woman named Louisa Stead, who, while at the beach with her husband and child, saw a child in the water drowning. Her husband quickly went to the child’s aid, but unfortunately they both drowned. I love that someone could write the words, “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,” when her world has come crashing down around her.
From a young age, Louisa had longed to be a missionary and could not because her health was poor. A few years after the death of her husband, she ended up going to do mission work in South Africa for 15 years. You never know where God will lead you, if you’ll simply trust in Him.