History of MIWC

Taliabo_1.pngMusic in World Cultures (MIWC) was founded in 1989 when missionaries serving in Indonesia requested assistance in providing training in biblical worship to a young church on the island of Taliabo. These new believers had composed a body of original indigenous Christian hymns for use in worship, but no written musical language existed to preserve the hymns. By 1990, MIWC had recorded, transcribed, and published these hymns in written form; created a musical notation system for the tribe; trained church leaders in biblical principles of worship, and assisted in the development of a music literacy program for church musicians. With the success of the Taliabo project came multiple requests to work with many other recently planted indigenous churches, and the vision for MIWC was born.

In 1991, MIWC began an educational program to train missionaries, pastors, and church leaders to work in cross-cultural settings. Beginning in 2001, the entire educational curriculum, library and collection of world music instruments were donated to faith-based institutions that are continuing the equipping of musicians for cross-cultural ministry.

In 1996, MIWC began the Ukraine Project, which continues to serve as a model for cross-cultural ministry and has led to the development of additional projects in Eastern Europe and Asia.

The Ukraine Project led MIWC to launch programs in Estonia in 2005, Latvia in 2007, the Republic of Georgia in 2009 and Lithuania in 2010.

Since then MIWC has grown, with partnerships now in Germany, Jamaica, Nepal and Zambia.

MIWC is a nonprofit corporation under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and incorporated under the laws of the State of Minnesota.