Concert Feedback

From Langley, Canada

“Thanks, Julie. You were great, fantastic and wonderful both your skilled playing and testimony.”

Dr. Tom Blackaby, lead pastor of Brookswood Baptist Church

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From Vancouver, Canada

“Julie, you gave us a wonderful gift last Saturday evening!  You not only brought us the heart and passion of your music’s composers; you built a bridge from their lives to ours. Thank you!

And thanks also for speaking so powerfully through this universal language of music to our international students at UBC last fall!  From Iran, China, Tanzania, Mongolia and Japan – the students were deeply moved.  May God bless you in this wonderful ministry!”

 John Cuddeford, Vancouver city director of International Student Ministries Canada

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” Hi Julie: I just wanted to say thank you one more time for the other night. It was such a treat to share in the evening together – and I’m sure the good effects from it will linger longer than we realize! Sure grateful for you and for your passion to share your gift and to share your Christ!”

Dan Matheson, site pastor of Tenth Church, Kitsilano

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O Julie, you were a joy to have with us!  It’s so wonderful you have allowed God to create beauty out of ashes, so to speak.  From the very start, you’ve always carried that “spark,” a zest for life in its highest expressions. As you continue to let the gifting of God in you be used for His purpose and calling, you will light up lives everywhere for His glory! With love from Jesus

Pastor Bernard Lee, founder of Jesus Endtimes Ministries

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“I am not from Vancouver but am here for chemo and radiation treatment as I also have breast cancer.  Your concert was so special and such an encouragement for me.” (audience member after a non-evangelistic recital at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Out For Lunch concert series)

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Thank you Julie for your wonderful testimony and the beautiful music you played… I heard so many complimentary remarks from many people invited to the program and who had not been to our church before. They were impressed and I do hope this is the kind of outreach we can continue to do in the future.

(Ada Con, coordinator of the Vancouver Chinese Presbyterian Church 120th Anniversary Concert)

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Dear Julie,
Praise God for the musical talent God blesses you with and your desire to use it to glorify Him… I saw many people who came to our New Horizon outings in the past years and expressed how much they’d enjoyed the concert, as well as the friendliness of our congregation.

(Morgan Wong, Senior Pastor of the Vancouver Chinese Presbyterian Church)

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From Los Angeles, California

Dear Julie,
Thank you so much for coming to Gardena to have such a wonderful testimony concert.
One young man came to me after the concert and he told me that it was his very first time to enjoy a piano concert.  All concerts he went were boring (for him) but he was very touched by your piano play and your testimony. One of our church members who is in a worship team told me that it was the best piano concert ever and I agreed with her.  Yes, it was the best piano concert in my life.
Thank you for taking your time to prepare your testimony.  May God bless you.
Pastor Eiji Osato, Nichigo Pastor of Gardena Valley Baptist Church
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From Santa Clara Valley Japanese Christian Church

Dear Julie,
Thank you, thank you for sharing your faith and beautiful music with us today! You glorify God in what you do – may God bless you abundantly. I feel that my seat here in church was much more valuable than any seat in Levi Stadium for the Super Bowl!

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Everywhere you visit with the concert, I believe people will find a light and hope in their life. I hope He will help you to speak His words.

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So much more than a concert. I loved Ue o Muite Aruko. Thank you for coming and blessing our church!

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Thank you so much for visiting the Bay Area and for blessing me with your music. I really enjoyed listening to your passionate playing and also hearing your testimony in between the pieces. The biography of the composers and the reflective questions on the sheet were helpful in providing background information and helping me thinking about areas of my life that I haven’t thought of in a long time. I am relaxed, peaceful and rested… Thank you! God is good!

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Thank you for tying in each composer’s life story and how God intervenes in their lives. I could see God has been using you and your gift for His purpose, glory through your life story. Each question of the composers are insightful and challenging to my heart. These composers became so real and next time I listen to their music, I am sure they relate to my heart. I pray for you to God so that He will continue to use your music to heal people with the help of the Holy Spirit.

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Your unique music ministry has touched my life. You have inspired me to be more grateful for what God has given me.

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I especially enjoyed the interweaving of the composers’ life and experience with yours (and mine)

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Your passion for God’s love and guidance and the feelings that I felt as you played felt like God was talking to me.

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From Portland, Oregon

I met with one of the [Eve’s Daughters concert] volunteers yesterday, who’s also a work colleague of mine and a fellow single mom, who shared she cried through the whole concert – from joy to recognition, and from sorrow to support.  You are doing an amazing and healing thing with your testimony, your music and your God.  May He bless you mightily.

(Karen Sjoblom, co-founder/director of Eve’s Daughters)

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From Germany

It was wonderful to hear Julie’s performance and her words still resound …  It [the concert] totally impressed us and maybe you can tell Julie, because it is so close to her heart, that people who came to our church for the first time have asked many questions and were touched through Julie’s openness; her words have brought a lot of thought provoking!

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Her playing was beautiful, healing and relaxing; lovingly prepared; touching and emotional.

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She [Her playing and testimony] appealed to me; the good music selection to match the presentation and the brilliance.

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Overwhelming, without words; Personal words ; the pianist was engrossed in her music ; very empathetic presentation, exciting, emotional

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From Tohoku, Japan

I felt as though I was having a dialogue with your piano music and with God in the church.

Your talk has spoken to me into my heart, and that was a special time.  I received healing and strength by the wonder of your music.  Your message matched the choice of music so wonderfully, and it was a concert graced by your gentle words and filled with God’s love.

When I heard your encouraging and warm message the ice in my heart began to melt and tears  kept on flowing and I could not contain myself.

Your warmth and music were just like a shower over my whole body and my heart was cleansed.

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It was my first time ever to enter a church.  I would like to come again for more occasions.

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Your performance made such intense feeling in my whole body.  I was moved to tears with emotion and I could hardly hold my tears.  You have given me a great soul treasure in my life.

I will not be able to forget. I shall always remember. Your beautiful performance gave me much happiness and joy.

I am going to tell the others how your performance inspired me.  You have given me energy. Thank you.

Our house was not totally destroyed but had minor damage.  However some of the people I know and our relatives have died.

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Your story was very moving, and although I suffered a lot since the disaster, I felt I received a lot of healing.

My gratitude to you. Although I knew this church had existed, today was my first time to enter the building.

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Wounds from the disaster are not yet all healed, but occasions like this one will keep on encouraging us to live on from day to day.

I appreciated the music today, which was sometime very soft and gentle, and sometime very powerful and strong. Though I am not so familiar with the music, I received such encouragement and love through the music.

Thank you for coming all the way from Canada.  I found myself crying from the very first piece, maybe because there has been so much sadness since 3.11.

Thank you for holding this concert, together with all the prayers, to show solidarity with those of us in this region.

Reading your program notes, I was able to enjoy listening while meditating.

And thank you for talking to us with your smile.  Thank you for your splendid playing.

This concert has given me encouragement to move forward.

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I hope you continue to stay well and play the music that brings healing.

Thankful that you have remembered us, that you started preparing to come a year ago, that you gave a concert in Yokohama and that you are now giving all the concerts in Tohoku.

I am touched by your kindness towards us in this region.    Thank you very much for today.

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Thank you for your thoughtful playing.  I was helped to feel very calm inside.

Your message that God is with us made me want to step forward with hope.

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As I had not had any chance to attend any concert like this since the disaster, I was truly grateful for this concert today.  Thank you very much.

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The disaster has brought to us a lot of sadness, but also some good things.   For instance, this concert!

I would like to make most of the life I am given.

I am reminded that the world is one – with so many people abroad supporting us, which has really made me happy.

My friend invited me to come along, and I was able to visit the church for the first time.

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Your example of ¥1,000 and your words about how what happens to us does not define us spoke to me very much, and I was glad.

I am alcoholic, and I had struggled with my mother controlling me…

But I am now freed from alcohol addiction, and I am on good terms with my mother and my family. I am now happy being able to help others as a member of AA (alcoholic anonymous).

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I was touched to hear your words that our worth as a person does not get diminished by what happens to us, even when our lives are devastated by all sorts of difficulties.

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I found being able to hear the piano playing so close particularly wonderful.

It has made me feel more resolved to move forward, not defeated by the disaster.  I cannot thank you enough for your coming all the way from Canada.

I had never been to a concert at a church, but I have found the acoustics very pleasing, and I am touched by the beautiful sound.

You communicated your power and the power of love.  What I received today will give me strength. Thank you very much.

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You have inspired me to continue helping in the disaster-hit region.   Thank you.

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Thank you for peaceful time.

Thinking about my sister-in-law who died last week, I was touched deeply by Ue wo Muite.   (Age 72, female, Ishinomaki)

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