Singing God's Word

Time Posted on October 08, 2017 User Phil Walker

Edited Oct 27th to include the NEW USA RECORD of 133 by Pam Banks True and the contest for English Scripture songs with guaranteed prizes of $50 - $500 for the top 25 finishers.

Does anyone use Scripture songs for memorizing? Or perhaps you remember some Scripture songs from when you were young that you would like to refresh.  We are documenting everyone who can sing 10 or more verses in English or Indonesian and everyone who can sing at least one verse in any other language. We would love for you to join us!! We would love to receive your video or live singing of Scripture songs, whether you just enjoy Scripture songs casually, or you want to push yourself to rank high nationally or worldwide. You give give us a link to your video here or email or put the video on Facebook at our group or page "Singing the Bible Worldwide". You can also sing live at the Setia Bible school in Jakarta or by contacting Scripture Memory Fellowship at their Dallas headquarters or at SMF events throughout the country.

This program is meant to encourage and inspire all ages and all abilities. There are no legalistic requirements. Those who wish may sing Scripture songs looking at texts or getting help or with friends or anyway they want. General guidelines for those who would like to follow are: No texts or help other than looking at a list of references. Here is an example of Bende, who holds 2nd place silver among Indonesians who can sing the most verses in English.  

We are holding a contest for those who can sing the most verses in English Scripture Memory songs. The expected final date is April 28th, 2018 or possibly as late as July 7th, 2018.  Guaranteed minimum prizes: (these may go up, especially in regards to number of cash prizes given if sponsors get involved, but we are committed to the top prize not going above $1,000.)  1st place = $500; 2nd place = $300; 3rd place = $200; 4th - 10th place = $100; 11th - 25th = $50; top 5 where English is not your mother tongue = $40; next 5 = $30; top 5 Asians living in Asia = $25; next 5 = $20; Top 10 Indonesians living in Indonesia = 200,000 rupiahs; next 10 = 150,000 rupiahs; 3rd 10 = 100,000. Each person can only win one cash prize and will receive the highest ammount he/she qualifies for.  We are hoping many other non-cash prizes will also be given out either at local Scripture song events, or possibly sent in the mail by sponsors.

More details, including how to participate and how to host a local event where people can participate (both free) are coming soon as its own Blog post, on the Forum, and on Facebook.  

The WORLD RECORD Book (as we know it. We are sure there are people who have broken these records. Please let us know so we can update.) We trust there are thousands of people who could enter this record book with a little effort. May we inspire, motivate and encourage you to invest in something eternal that can bless you and countless others.

English World Record: Gold = Jacky Walker (Philippines) with 221; Silver  = Christian Juat (Philippines) with 155; Bronze = Grace Juat (Philippines) with 142

Indonesia record: Gold = Diana Ledoh from Rote with 140; Silver = Bende from Alor with 95; Bronze = Diana Lontorin from Alor with 88

USA record: Gold = Pam Banks True, a 60 year old Bible Bee grandmother from KY with 133 !! Silver = Kristy Richman from KS with 28; Bronze = Nancy Liston from GA with 28; 4th = Dakota Lynch of Scripture Memory Fellowship based in Dallas TX with 19; Bronze = Stephen Westfall from TX = 19.

Trusting many more entries coming soon.

Will you represent your country to inspire and encourage others?

Indonesian World Record: Gold = Dian (Central Sulawesi) with 633; Silver = Aniwarlina (West Nias) with 553; Bronze = Elpin (South Nias) = 450

Nias language World Record: Gold = AniWarlina  with 10; Silver = Aliran with 4

Javanese World Record: Gold = Septi with 2

What other languages have Scripture songs? We would love to document and list here anyone who can sing one or more Scripture song in any language throughout the world.

Any language or combination of languages with verses sung in more than one language counted multiple times

GRAND WORLD RECORD: Gold = Dian (Indonesia) = 720; Silver = AniWarlina (Indonesia) with 577; Bronze = Mona (Indonesia) with 511

Philippines Record: Gold = Jacky Walker with 322; Silver = Christian Juat with 155; Bronze = Grace Juat with 142

USA record: Gold = Pam Banks True, a 60 year old Bible Bee grandmother from KY with 133 !! Silver = Kristy Richman from KS with 28; Bronze = Nancy Liston from GA with 28; 4th = Dakota Lynch of Scripture Memory Fellowship based in Dallas TX with 19; Bronze = Stephen Westfall from TX = 19

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14 responses to Singing God's Word


This looks very interesting.

Robin Mahler

I need the discipline to log in daily. Pray for me.

Phil Walker

It looks like this was an earlier topic name. Looking forward to new comments.

Also, please pray as I am hoping to encourage friends to run an Scripture singing contest with prizes. Let me know if you would be interested in this.


Our family knows HUNDREDS of Scripture songs.

Manoj Shenoy KJV

@ Phil Walker that would be great. There are potential bible memorizers in your area. Your project would encourage more to join the community of scripture memorization.


This sounds cool, but I dont know enough songs... :(

Phil Walker

Abigail, I would love to get a video of someone in your family who wants to see how many songs they can sing in one sitting. I also have good news, we are putting the final touches on an English Scripture song contest with small cash prizes of $500 for first place and $50 for 11th - 25th place. Maybe several from your family can be among the top 25. Whose songs do you most like to sing? Or do you make your own?

Manoj, thanks for the encouragement. Yes, I do trust that this and other activities we are doing will lead to many more getting involved with memverse, Scripture Typer, your Facebook page of International Bible Memorizers Community, etc.

Kaylor, thanks for checking in. There are lots of songs available on youtube and other places. What translation do you prefer?

Arthur Rosh

Congratulations for Antarctica for making it to #21 on the country leaderboard!

For Scripture songs, check out Truth Songs:

Phil Walker

Thanks for the heads up on Truthsongs. Which is your favorite? I am curious about Antarctica. Do you know Brad personally? Has he been there?

Arthur Rosh

my favourite truthsongs are the first ones they did because that is when i learned about them when I first started memorizing Scripture in 2009 and was looking for scripture songs, i think they use NIV and it is more contemporary style so for me not so much for memorizing but just nice song with words from the Bible, at that time I was memorizing Galatians in ESV now I am memorizing Psalms (Psalm 89) in NAS '95 more than half way through 52 verses and after that I will hopefully memorize Psalm 89 in Lithuanian too and get Lithuanian version on memverse and then keep going with the psalms from there in both languages, i only recently got back to memorizing Scripture and on memverse so i am taking it slow but importance is daily consistency and what has been helping is not having a phone so at work when I am delivering bags of salt or when going for walks and other gaps of free time I keep pocket new testament with me (including psalm and proverbs) and that is how i started memorizing again.

I don't know Brad but I read that the population of Antarctica varies somewhere between 1000 and 5000 people during the year, scientists, military, even Russian Orthodox church is there, so Brad could be someone who lives there or maybe he chose antarctica for fun. It is interesting to learn about antarctica because very little was known about the continent before 19th century and if we were born before that time we wouldn't even know it existed!

Looks like a battle going on between Reformed church and IBLP for #2 on church leaderboard! :)

Phil Walker

Thanks for sharing Arthur. Do you know any Scripture songs in Lithuanian? Or can you or a friend make one? If so, I would love for you to share it on our "Singing the Bible Worldwide" Facebook group and/or send it to me at We are trying to encourage people to learn Scripture songs in languages all over the globe and your entry could inspire others. Are you from Lithusania? If not, why the interest in that language in particular?

PS I am guessing Brad has never been to Antarctica but only listed that for fun, or perhaps has a big interest in it like you. However, I could be wrong. Please let us know, Brad, if you see this.

Arthur Rosh

Yes my mother tongue is Lithuanian but I am from Canada. I dont know Scripture songs in Lithuanian but maybe I could find some. I pray more Lithuanians will learn about memverse and most importantly value of Bible memory. I wad thinking about the Lord's baptism and going to the desert. Jesus didnt have to be baptized but He underwent baptism to show us how to follow Him and then He went to the desert, I was thinking of why we follow the Lord in baptism but not in the desert. We also need to overcome in those ways the Lord did before the Father can truly use us. Paul went to the desert after his baptism, so did the early church fathers (Chrysostom, Basil, and the rest) but it seems evangelical church does not teach this. I was interested to learn of John Stott famous evangelical statesmen say at the end of his life that if he could start his journey over again he would pursue a kind of protestant monasticism! That is something to think about!

Phil Walker

Please let me know anything you find out about Scripture songs or Scripture memory in Lithuanian. Appreciate your thoughts on Jesus in the desert. There is a modern testimony by Abraham Park who is said to have spent 3 years and almost 8 months in isolation on a mountain just reading the Bible by day and praying by night.

He passed away 3 years ago after clearly a distinguished life as an academic and pastor. I don't believe the claim by his followers that he read the Bible cover to cover over 1,800 times, (I don't know if he himself made that claim or not) and I don't appreciate all the gimmicks his followers are using to sell his books. I would think and like to believe that someone who read the Bible over 100 times (enough to fully impress me) would be involved in encouraging others to discover the joy of reading the Bible for themselves, not committed to selling his books so you don't have to read the Bible. So possibly the time on the mountain fully devoted to prayer and God's Word is also an exaggeration or lie to sell books. Hopefully not. Lord willing, there will be more authentic desert/mountain testimonies and resulting powerful lives to come.

Arthur Rosh