By the Grace of God, Raju has become one of the strongest voices for the current youth revival. He is a passionate worship leader with an anointing to bring an entire generation into an encounter with God. All of those who are in a worship service led by him will catch his contagious love to worship. He has many interests and at the core of them all is a heart for Justice, Love and God's Presence.
Raju is the leader in the Presence Band and has been leading worship in his local church for over a decade. He has many interests and talents including graphic design and printing. He and his wife Maria currently reside in Mumbai, India. Together they travel around the world, leading worship and partnering with the Spirit of God to impact this generation.
* As of April 1, 2013, we will not be travelling as much. As always, we will pray through every request, but are cutting back our travel schedule significantly.
Thank you so much for considering us to lead worship for your event! The following is a letter from our support staff. I greatly appreciate your time in reading this before officially sending your invitation. Thank you!
Dear friends in Jesus Christ,
We appreciate your role in revival and considering Raju D’Silva and the Presence Band to come and be a part of it. Raju is an extremely valuable member of our team.
As such, we are highly protective of him and interested in his short and long-term success. Therefore, we have built a team around him and the band, to sift through the many opportunities they receive and have developed this set of expectations.
The following is what we consider requisite for them to come and lead worship at your event. One of Raju’s main calls in ministry is to lead people into the Presence of God through worship. His heart is not to do concerts or performances and is not interested in being booked for them. Please understand that if you advertise as a 'concert', people will come expecting just that. They will be ready to watch something and be entertained. Raju’s heart is for everyone to be actively pursuing the Presence of God in worship.
The minimum you need to budget for is 5 people. The full band would be 6-7 people. They are a seamless team and bringing the band means Raju is at his best and can focus on leading.
Raju, and the band typically fly out of Mumbai, India. So the to and fro tickets need to be booked well in advance.
The Presence Band do not require a set amount or fee for their ministry. Obviously, we ask that you cover all of Raju’s and the band’s travel expenses, which includes the airfare, hotel, internal transport and food.
We operate on a Culture of Honour, and believe ministers are worthy of being blessed for the grace on their lives and their hard work. It is in all our hearts that we live generously, so an honorarium, which keeps in mind the number of band members is encouraged.
Please don’t misunderstand our heart. Raju and the band are great servants and wouldn’t mandate these guidelines for themselves, but we know them to be necessary and want to make sure we are covering them as they travel.
Stay Blessed !