An 85-year-old hymn newly revamped by a Nashville-based husband-and-wife duo is expected to be sung Sunday in thousands of churches across the world as a way to encourage Christians to do mission work and evangelize, the Tennessean reports.
Modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty created a new chorus for “Facing a Task Unfinished” in their updated version of the early 20th-century missionary anthem. They worked in partnership with OMF International, a 150-year-old East Asia mission organization, to create Sunday’s global church singalong.
“We’re just encouraging people in all churches to participate,” Keith Getty said. “It’s going to be wonderful. The goal behind it was to get churches singing about the mission, the Great Commission, Christ’s final words to go and tell the world.”
“Facing a Task Unfinished” was written in 1931 by Frank Houghton in support of a call by OMF International, then called China Inland Mission, for 200 people to do mission work in China. Missionaries were leaving the country because of civil war and persecution, the organization says.
Keith and Kristyn Getty will perform the song at a church in California on Sunday. But dozens of Middle Tennessee churches have signed up to participate, including the church the Gettys attend in Nashville, The Village Chapel.