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Published on February 12, 2015 1:03 am

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Cindy Hughlett devoting music funds to building churches, outreach


Hughlett has a ministry of music in the Texas-Oklahoma region

By Ray Westbrook A-J MEDIA

Cindy Hughlett of Lubbock, spiritual music singer and songwriter, was recently chosen to receive the Song of the Year Award and Female Artist of the Year Award at the Artists Music Guild’s 2013 honors program in Fort Mill, S.C.

She has a ministry of music in the Texas-Oklahoma region that is devoted to the building of churches through her affiliation with International Cooperating Ministries.

“It’s humbling to be acknowledged. Any time you’re honored among your peers, it’s very humbling,” she said. “And for me, I just want to work for God. My whole purpose of anything I do is just to glorify him and represent him the best way I can.”

She said, “When I won it, I had not even considered that I would, and I hadn’t even thought what I would say if I did.”

The Song of the Year Award was for “Love Struck Me.”
Hughlett sings and plays piano in concert with the Second Chance Band in churches and other venues.

When she signed up with International Cooperating Ministries, she also began raising funds for the construction of buildings for churches. One church building was completed recently in the Philippines.

She is hoping to add another in Egypt, where churches were burned.
Proceeds from her albums go to the work of providing churches where there is a need that hasn’t been met.

“I don’t get paid to work for them — I volunteer to do this. All the money the ministry makes, 100 percent goes back into ministry.”

Her husband, Kirk Hughlett, provides the income for the family by working full time.

He said, “When we go into a church and receive an offering, 100 percent of that money goes straight to build a church or orphanage.”

Kirk added, “The neat thing about ICM is that it was started 26 years ago by a business guy who set up a foundation that completely underwrites their operating costs for what they are doing.”

He said, “You can’t send enough missionaries to evangelize the world, so their model — the way they are implementing their ministry — they want to equip the barefoot evangelists in their countries. They have a solar- powered iPod that they put what they call the Mini Bible College on, where they can equip an in-country pastor and lay pastors in their language with expository Bible teaching to equip them.

“They have built 4,300 churches in 65 countries. They provide the materials, and the churches provide the labor to build.”

Cindy is continuing to write and record albums for her music ministry. Her most recent album is titled “Follow.”

A new album, which has been recorded in Nashville, is expected to be produced and ready by spring 2014. It is titled “Something Old, Something New.” It contains four traditional hymns rearranged in the singer’s style, and four new songs.

She said, “God is opening these doors so I can represent him and build these churches — and minister to people. I’m absolutely loving what I get to do.

“When you have opportunity to win awards, it’s only so that it opens the door to work more.”

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