For years, Paul and Christel Grandell’s music has praised God’s work. Now, the music will also directly benefit a cause — their mission trip to Costa Rica. And, the Grandells will host a concert and potluck dinner to unveil their first CD, “Finding Beautiful,” on Sunday, Jan. 5, at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View.
The Central America mission will lead about a dozen Mariner’s members to the town of Coquital in February, to rebuild the parsonage and pews for the church there. The Delaware/Maryland team will also host vacation bible school. Mariner’s isn’t just making this a one-time effort, though. They’re building a relationship with the town, as the church youth group will also return to Costa Rica this summer.
“You try to go out and bless others, and you just come back blessed beyond belief,” said Christel Grandell of the mission work. “Even though you do physical work, you try to shine the light of the Lord in building those relationships.”
The CD release was fortunate timing, coming as the Grandells raise funds for the mission trip, but the album’s main purpose is to share their ministry.
These leaders of the Mariner’s weekly “extreme praise service” are no strangers to the congregation. They write music for the annual Blue Christmas service and for specific pastors’ messages. Having performed together since 1984, the couple now performs under the name HIS (Healing in Salvation).
“Music is what brought our relationship together, and it’s just a connection that we have and have grown into … spiritually, as well,” Grandell said. “It’s utilizing a big gift that God has entrusted to us.”
“Finding Beautiful” is the title track of the album of eight original HIS songs and one hymn. Audiences at the Jan. 5 event will get an insider look, as the Grandells share the stories and inspiration behind the songs.
Grandell hopes people are touched by “something in the melody or a line in the songs or the whole song … [even] pictures on the cover,” which was designed by friend and fellow parishioner Kristie VanZee. “No matter how broken we can be, there is a message of healing there.”
People are welcome to bring a dish to the 6:30 p.m. potluck or make a “love offering” at the free 7 p.m. concert. But anyone is welcome to share the night together. CDs cost $13, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the mission trip.
“I would ask that, whether folks come or not, [that they remember] the team going on the Costa Rica mission trip and the folks there in prayer,” said Grandell. “Through God, all things are possible.”