Support Updates


Greetings!

I hope that your March weather is better than what we’re experiencing up here in Willmar. Last night we got slammed with a blizzard…in March! These are definitely the days that I miss the Illinois weather.

In an effort to get this out quickly, I’m going to keep this support update brief this month. (Don’t worry, I’ll be back in the swing of things next month!)

I spent the past two weeks out on the road traveling with our teams. It is customary here for the teams manager to go out about halfway through the teams’ longest tour and give them some encouragement from an outside source. Speaking as someone who recently was on the receiving end of these visits as a team member, it is a great source of encouragement to finish strong. It was such a blessing to be on the other side of things for once.

I left Willmar and headed to Phoenix first (yay warm weather!). I spent a week with the team there and then boarded a plane across the continent to Philadelphia. I spent another week with the team in the Philadelphia area.

Both teams are doing such great ministry and I got to have the tremendous blessing of seeing it first hand. It was also very encouraging to me to see firsthand (again) the blessings that are continually poured out on our ministry by hosts and contacts across the country.

You’re part of that blessing as well: your support of me (prayerfully, financially and otherwise) has enabled me to pour myself into the lives of these young musicians.

Thanks so much for all you’ve done for me!

Big News!

This past month God has been doing so much in my life and in the life of our ministry here at CTI.  Recently, CTI was able to increase the amount of benefits they are giving me to include a base salary, in addition to my support-raising.  I am still raising support to supplement this salary, but having this guaranteed money every month is a huge blessing!

CTI is in the midst of an interim structure following the departure of our former president, David Lanning.  Currently, my direct supervisor, Chris Reed, is acting as the Executive Vice-President.  This means that I have been handling a lot of the day-to-day type tasks, while he focuses on bigger picture things. 

This has been a wonderful time for all of us here at CTI, as we are continually rediscovering why it is that we love this ministry.  One of the main fruits of this rediscovery process has been a more clearly defined vision for our ministry.  Suffice it to say, it’s an exciting time to be here at CTI and the Lord is doing wonderful things through this ministry. 

 

14:21 heads east on Fall Tour

Early on the morning of November 1st, Team 14:21 loaded up their van to head out for Guttenberg, Iowa, the first stop on their Fall Tour.  From there, they continued to work their way eastward.  They spent time in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.  While in these places the team got to minister in Christian schools, churches, homeless shelters, rescue missions and even a public school!

From Michigan, the team crossed over into Canada.  After crossing the border, they spent almost two weeks ministering to our neighbors to the north.  While there, the team played in a number of different types of venues.  They also saw a lot of CTI alumni along the way. The team also got to have a day off to go sight-seeing, which they took full advantage of, by going to Niagara Falls.  They also experienced the Canadian sensation of Tim Horton’s.

After crossing back over into the United States, the team got to spend American Thanksgiving with the family of one of their own teammates, Christian Harger.  Some of the team members are from warmer southern climates, so they were pleasantly surprised when they had a snowy Thanksgiving. 

Team members report new mindsets, wonderful ministry moments both outside and inside the team, and a new understanding of what it means to be a minister of the Gospel.

 

Some Life Changes For Paul

Until this point in my employment with CTI, I have been living in an apartment attached to the CTI Office.  As of the publication date of this update, I am in the process of finalizing the details of the purchase of my new home!

As of right now, I am scheduled to close on the place on December 22nd of this year!  Merry Christmas to me!  Of course, nothing is final until the actual closing, but I am hopeful that everything will work out as the Lord wills it!

The whole process of looking for a place of my own has been such a faith-growing experience.  It is impossible to see how things have happened and not give the credit to God.  He is so good and so faithful to me!

Specific Prayer Requests

                       Our Winter Partnership Drive

                       The team members’ travels home for Christmas Break

                       The details of my house closing

                       CTI’s continued restructuring process

 

14:22 Heads West for Fall Tour 

Team 14:22 started their Fall Tour a little closer to home in nearby Prinsburg, MN.  But within 48 hours they were all the way out in Montana! From Montana they headed all the way to the Pacific Coast, in Seattle.  They even spent a weekend playing concerts on an island in Puget Sound!

From Seattle they worked their way back east, and actually made it into Canada for a few days also!  They ministered in prisons, detention centers, schools, colleges and churches throughout the Northwest. 

 

How to Support Paul:

Sign up online to be a monthly supporter:  Go to www.ctimusic.org/donate.   Click on “automatic recurring gift” to set up a monthly

draft from your credit or check card.  (You can also manage your monthly gift manually, by mail if you’d prefer- just follow the appropriate

link.)  Be sure to fill “Paul Vasilko” in the “staff member support” blank.

 

*You can make a ONE-TIME (non-recurring) gift at any time – just go to the donate page and click “one-time online donation.”

 

Friendly reminder: This is a tax-deductible gift.  If you are looking for a destination for your year-end giving, consider making a donation to my support account!

 

 

The stories told above illustrate God’s never-ending faithfulness to us.  You’ve read stories about team members who have had their lives changed by Grace and shared that Grace with others.  You’ve also read stories about the evidence of God’s Grace in my own life. 

 

The work that I do, and (indirectly) the work that the team members do, is supported by your generosity so it wouldn’t be possible without your giving! 

 

Have a blessed Christmas season!  Thanks again for everything!

Hello everyone!

Just thought I would give you another quick video update on how things are going with me right now.

Enjoy!

 

Hey y’all!  The following is my October Support Update.  Enjoy!

Full-time Road Training!

After the initial 3 weeks of training, the fulltime teams hit the road for contextual road training.  We do this for several reasons, but largely because there are few better opportunities to learn than to learn by “doing.” 

I, along with Chris Reed, served as one of the road trainers for this contextual road training.  I traveled with Team 14:21 on their tour. 

The tour took us down into Illinois and then back up through Iowa on our way back to Minnesota. 

The team had the opportunity to minister in several varying types of venues.  Our initial stop was in the Quad Cities area (in Illinois), where we did a kick-off/outreach concert for a youth group. From there we were in the Rockford area, working with another youth group, and then on to a college fellowship group in Jacksonville. 

From there we made our way through central Iowa with stops in Epworth (near Dubuque), Conrad (near Marshalltown), Pella, Fort Dodge, and Forest City (near Mason City).  The team was able to minister in churches, schools, and even two prisons! 

The team learned a lot and so did I!  It was a great experience for all of us!

The Work You are Supporting

On September 26th and 30th I had the privilege of dropping our two fulltime teams off at the airport.  They will be spending the better part of the next month ministering in Taiwan and the Philippines!

Team 14:21 will be working with YWAM for the next month.  The YWAM base they will be working with is located near Taipei, which is the capitol of Taiwan, and one of the busiest cites in Asia.  They will be doing outreach concerts that draw people into long-term relationships with YWAM.

The process of evangelism is an arduous one in Taiwanese culture; young people who make decisions for Christ are often disowned by their families.  Thus, it often takes a long time for a Taiwanese youth to make a decision for Christ.  Our team will be working to help YWAM establish the groundwork for some of these relationships.

 Team 14:22 will be working with a Christian radio station in the Philippines.  This is a new partnership for CTI, so it is a very exciting time for all of us!.

 The team will spend parts of their time in the Philippines in three cities: Cagyan de Oro, Cebu, and Tacloban.  The team will actually be flying from island to island (these three cities are all on different islands), so that will also be a new wrinkle for a CTI team. 

 I had the privilege of mobilizing these two teams into the field, as our Program Director was at a very important conference during their prep week (it should be noted that he did a LOT of prep work prior to his departure), so your prayers were definitely needed, as my stress level was high!

 My Current Support Status

Because of your wonderful generosity, I have raised nearly $3,000!  Praise the Lord for that huge blessing!

You might recall that my goal for the end of this year was $10,000, so there is still much to be raised. 

I would like to extend a special thank you to all of those of you who have given towards my support goal, especially those who have committed to being monthly supporters.

There are many of you who are supporting me in other ways too, and for that I am so thankful! 

Please do continue to pray that God would cause the financing to be there for my time at CTI.  I know that this is where He has called me and I also know that He will provide because He is faithful!

Specific Prayer Requests

·         Team 14:21, as they minister in Taiwan

·         Team 14:22, as they minister in the Philippines

·         My support goal for 2008

·         My support goal for 2008

Some changes coming at CTI

CTI Music Ministries’ President, David Lanning has made the decision to end his time with the organization after over a decade of dedicated service.  His relationship with and love for CTI have never been stronger, but this is just the right time for him to move on.

CTI will move forward with the work that the Lord has called us to do, and we will continue to follow His leading in our future endeavors! 

More updates soon!  

Great things are on the horizon for CTI Music Ministries and the work that He has called me to do here has made me come alive like nothing else ever could!  I am so blessed that the Lord has called me to do something that I love and am gifted for.  I am also very blessed to know that you all support me in this!  So…THANK YOU!