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  z s c h e c h , from 1 of Darlene’s, which Israel produced, wrote songs and lent his voice and incredible talents to,” Nicolle said. “Michael W. Smith and Kari Jobe are also featured on the project, and we couldn’t be more thrilled on how it has turned out. The strength of the songs on the recording, the quality of the production of audio on the CD and stunning visuals of the DVD, together with the guest appearances all combine to make this one of the most significant worship releases we have ever had the privilege of bringing to the marketplace.” While serving as a worship leader and pastor for Sydney’s Hillsong Church, Zschech wrote for, performed on and helped produce 16 Gold- and one Platinum-selling Australian Recording Industry Association live Hillsong albums. Shout to the Lord was nominated as Album of the Year and the title song was nominated as Song of the Year in the Dove Awards. In 2000, she was nominated for Songwriter of the Year and received the Gospel Music Association International Award for her impact on the global church. Dan Michaels, senior vice president marketing and promotions for Fair Trade Services, has worked with Darlene and her husband, Mark, on past recording projects.

“They also made a commitment to As for why she is so successful in music do whatever they could to bring relief to ministry, Michaels said: “Darlene executed human suffering,” said Steve Oates, vice the basics with remarkable results. Timeless president of marketing at songs that made a connection Bethany House. “Through this to the heart of an individual. desire, HOPE: Global (www. Superior performances and was born, a production. A vision to serve nonprofit organization that with passion and purpose that helps restore hope and justice is clear to see whether you are to countries devastated by war, listening to her CDs, experigenocide and poverty.” ence her live or are fortunate Her latest book with Bethenough to know her personally. Darlene has a burden for any House, Revealing Jesus, global reach with the gospel releases this month, with the and charitable efforts, and a CD and CD/DVD deluxe set work ethic second to none.” releasing simultaneously with Beyond music, Zschech the book. A floor display (pichas written several books pubtured) houses the products, and the header from the dislished by Bethany House. Extravagant Worship (2004), play can be used as a header The Kiss of Heaven (2005) for an endcap. and The Art of Mentoring “This devotional was (2012) have been translated poured out from the pages of into 19 languages combined. Darlene’s personal journals,” During the period when Oates said.  “Honest, raw and she didn’t have any books beautifully written, it contains published, Zschech and her meditations and scriptures rehusband, Mark, planted a vealing the heart of Jesus.” church in New South Wales, Australia. Revealing Jesus is a fitting title for the She was also engaged in some significant project, as she has made it her heart’s quest mission ventures, including traveling with “to know more about Jesus, to be more like Compassion International, and with her Him and to make Him known, to show His Christian Retailing #2 (March 2013) ad - designer: EM -disk date: 1/9/2013 husband created a new nonprofit. love like I should,” Zschech told Christian


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Retailing. “The more I read the Word, I continue to read about the authority that we have in the name of Jesus; that the cross was enough, that Jesus paid it all for you and me. And this has caused me to be more bold in my approach to writing songs for congregations to lay hold of, declaring the finished work of Christ and declaring that God is here—that greater is He that is living in me than he that is in the world.” Because her music is “part of the fabric of contemporary worship within the church,” Michaels said: “Her history with Hillsong, touring and success at radio certainly have played a role connecting to lives of a CBA retail customer.” Zschech has come a long way from singing jingles for McDonald’s, Special K, KFC and Diet Coke, which she did as a teenager. “Now that we are pastoring Hope Unlimited Church at the Central Coast, sometimes it feels like I’ve gone full circle,” she said. “My children range in age from 24 to 11. My grandchildren are 3 and 18 months old. My husband and I are now senior pastors, and in our 27 years of marriage, we had never said to each other that we had that desire. We write, travel, teach, lead, but I think I am still the same person deep down—so grateful to Jesus for rescuing me, so grateful to God for my family and friends and so grateful to God for His church that welcomed me home 32 years ago.”

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