January 2006


…is very red. We found that one out the hard way. We parked our trailer on the grass at a host home here in Blairsville, GA (against my better judgement) and prayed that it would not rain during the night before we could move the trailer to the church parking lot. God obviously wanted to teach us a lesson about something, because it rained during the night…a lot. So with much trepidation we pulled up to try and hook onto the trailer. As I was backing the van up to the trailer I heard the noise that no one wants to hear in that situation. The sickening sound of tires spinning in soft, mucky mud. There was no way that we were getting that trailer out with our van. Thankfully we didn’t need the trailer until later that night so we went to church (with acoustic guitars and djembe in hand) and prayed that God would provide a way for us to get our trailer out of the mud. God proved himself faithful once again, and we had people from the church lining up to help us pull our trailer out with their four-wheel drive trucks. Sure enough, Jordan, came through with his truck and pulled our trailer out on the first try.

The people in Georgia are amazing. We have been so blessed by their hospitality. We also played at a homeless shelter/soup kitchen on Friday night in Evansville, IN and that was amazing. The men there blessed us so much. They even took up a collection of their spare change and gave it to us! Talk about being humbled!

Psa. 73:23-26: “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

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It is so amazing to say that right now I am in Illinois. It may not be Jacksonville, but it is Illinois all the same. We just got done playing a concert in Keithsburg, IL at the First Christian Church. These are the stomping grounds of our guitarist, Jon. He grew up in this area and his family is all still around here. The best part of playing here is that my family got to come up and see the concert and hang out with me for the night. It was so incredible to see them! Unfortunately it just makes me miss them more.

We spent most of this week in the northeast corner of Iowa. It was such a great time. We had the most amazing hosts. They even made us each a homemade quilt to keep. Talk about a humbling experience. Their generosity overwhelmed us!

So…the story is that we are back on the road. Officially. We have begun our longest tour, which will last just a shade over 10 weeks. It’s hard to believe, though, that we are already through a week of it. Time flies when you’re on CTI!

Tonight we are going to be performing at the University of Minnesota-Morris. It is going to be great to be back on a college campus at a Christian fellowship meeting. I am really looking forward to it.

Things are going really well here in Willmar. We are getting ready for our Winter Tour, which begins on Saturday. We are going to be heading for the East Coast this time. Spending February in Florida doesn’t sound like such a bad thing. This is going to be our longest tour yet, so we are looking forward to the opportunity for us to really get into a groove and be very effective.

God has done amazing things in our ministry over the past five months. One of the coolest things that He has done was to provide the opportunity for us to record a CD just before we left for Hong Kong. The CD is now officially done, and I got my copy last night. It is so humbling to see such a professsionally done project that I got to be a part of. God is so faithful. On top of that…tomorrow night we are having a party here in Willmar to celebrate the release of the CD. Both teams are going to be performing their songs from the CD and the public is going to have their first opportunity to purchase the CD.

Life on the road is soon going to resume full-time…I’m just enjoying my last few days of being stationary right now.

So we are back in the land of the north right now and it feels great. It is so great to the see the team again, even though we were only apart for 12 days. It is also really great to get to see the other team. We had not seen them since they left for Taiwan back in mid-November. Needless to say it was a joyous reunion. The van ride from the airport to the ministry was filled with laughter and great stories.

Today marked the beginning of partnership drive for CTI, so we were calling people until almost 11 tonight, and that will be the case for the next couple of weeks. We are also going to be ministering at some churches in the not-to-distant area in the upcoming weeks. This weekend we are travelling Madison, South Dakota to the home of our guitarist, Kevin Logan. It should be a great weekend and we are really looking forward to getting back out on the road in the States.