Hi, my name is Jan Labuschagne and I am the coordinator of Friends 4 Christ, a music ministry network in South Africa. You may wonder: "who are Friends 4 Christ and what do they do?" Excellent question! Allow me to elaborate:
A few years ago God awoke a passion inside me for music ministry. This said, I am not a singer or musically inclined in any way, YET, I connect with many musicians regularly, including a wife and son who are both excellent singers. During the past few years this seed of passion has grown into what is today known as Friends 4 Christ. This is a music ministry with a difference: As it should be, the primary focus of this ministry is to glorify God with music in the form of worship and evangelism. Additionally it creates a platform for new, up and coming gospel artists to develop and enjoy exposure to audiences that they may otherwise never reach.
It grants them the opportunity to get their music out there, be exposed to larger audiences, reach many more people, and by achieving this, they not only share their ministry, their passion and the gift that God has bestowed upon them, but they also gain experience in dealing with an audience, learn to work with the crowd, learn to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit while ministering to a larger audience, and last, but not least, they gain additional opportunities for ministry through people who attend these events, and thus invite them to minister at their churches and organisations.
Were you given the opportunity to attend on of these incredible events, you will not only enjoy a wonderful presentation of music, an evening to remember, BUT on the Friends 4 Christ stage you may hear a newly written song for the first time, that may change you life forever!
Thank you for popping in, please browse the site for special promotions and announcements. Schedules for upcoming and current events may also be found here, along with contact details and other information about artists. I look forward to meeting you at the next Friends 4 Christ event!
Jan decided to partner with Riaan Eloff in his vision for Friends 4 Christ due to the fact that to achieve his vision, musical expertise would be required, and, as Jan always says about himself jokingly: "...I am so unmusical that I cannot even play the RADIO in tune!".
Riaan is an extremely capable pianist, keyboardist and arranger/producer. He regularly plays at Cocktail parties, Restaurants, Weddings, Dinner parties, Corporate events and other live shows. Riaan is an ordained Pastor with more than 26 year's experience in full-time and part-time ministry, focussing on worship, and heading up the music departments of various congregations over many years.
He is an accomplished songwriter, and several of his own pieces feature on his latest instrumental album: Piano by Riaan Volume 1. His playing style is reminiscent of a Clayderman, with a light jazz twist, although, his experience in a worship-team or full-band setup is strongly influenced by genres such as rock, pop and Negro Spiritual with influencing artists such as Michael W. Smith, Stryper, Elton John, Dallas Holm, Billy Joel, Petra, U2, Nickelback, Jimmy Swaggart and Planetshakers.
He has the ability to draw an audience into the music he plays and move them emotionally, a gift that is quite unique and amazing. Riaan acts as Musical Director at all events, heading up the arranging and production as well as conducting the band on stage during the show. He is also acts as producer, arranger, backing vocalist and keyboardist for the CDs that Friends 4 Christ record at his recoding studio "Studio 1".