Monday, October 8, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
So, Belgium and England. Wow. What incredible nations. In Belgium we lead worship for a conference where the people spoke English, French, and Flemish. While we led worship the words on the overhead were in all three languages. It was quite an incredible thing to see. It is cool to think about people engaging the Lord through our songs in there own heart language. Beautiful. The many people that attended that conference were transformed before our eyes in three short days. They uncovered the Lord's delight in them. When we truly see that, everything changes.
From there we got to take a train under the English Channel to London. That was an incredible thing to experience, as if traveling across the Belgium and English countryside isn't incredible enough. When we arrived in London we were greeted by the 2012 Olympic sign. Crazy. We got to spend a whole lot of time in London. Not enough to delve deep into the heart of the city but I learned enough to get from the Piccadilly Circus underground station to Big Ben and back. The event we played at in England actually wasn't in London, it was in the county Sussex, in a town called Steyning. That event was a big ol' seventy two hour non stop worship event with about nine hundred people in attendance. We were honored to connect with the incredible people in United Pursuit Band and Jason Upton and his band. We felt so at home spending that weekend with them all. England is so close to revival smacking them in the face I couldn't even believe it. I mean, I am pretty sure they are already in it. The Lords smile over the U.K. is mighty precious. He loves his English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh sons and daughters.
And as for the school... I don't know how to adequately put words to it, but I will confidently and futilely attempt to. We have twenty-nine students from five different nations. They are all incredible and have sacrificed so much to be here. This is definitely the best 18" journey we have had yet. It is easy to say that every year, but lets be honest it's actually true every year. It is just one of those things. The Lord is so very faithful. We are currently about to begin our third week of the school and it is incredible how much of a family we have already become. Forty plus people's journeys and walks with the Father are being intertwined this summer. I love my life. I am so honored to be apart of something that is changing the world as we know it. I can't wait to wake up on august the first and look myself in the mirror and see how much more of myself I have become. But, it's the day by day that will get me to that day. I will be thankful for and faithful to find the Lord in every moment of each day. The Lord is in no hurry. I am learning to submit myself to the Lords pace He is setting for my life. It is quite the process. I am in a beautiful place of growth and for that I am thankful. I pray that I will always be growing.
Monday, April 30, 2012
The first leg of my journey brought me to Dubai. We were there to lead worship at a weekend conference in a church called "Gate Keepers." In those two days, we led two five-hour worships sessions. The city is Westernized(to an extent) and pretty open to the christian church and the fact that we got to worship there was an honor. The people were so hungry for the love of Jesus and the heart of the Father. It was quite refreshing and it has awakened something within me.
After an extremely full weekend of worship, we packed up our bags and headed toward South Africa. We were picked up from the airport and dropped off at Mark and Kathy Bush's home, which was actually a bed and breakfast called, "Grace House."As you can see below, the place was awesome. We ate incredibly well, and were treated like kings!
After a lot of ministry, we drove eight hours down the road to Durban to take a break. We spent three days in the most incredible beach house on the shores of the Indian Ocean. The Pastor of Central Parks Church, his whole family and a few of our new friends from South Africa came along with us on our adventure. There we rested, ate great meals, enjoyed the beach and got to know each other better.
When we first arrived, me and Stephen(our sound guy/bassist) ran to the beach. The shores in Durban are really rocky, and have tons of crabs on them. Stephen and I caught one in hopes of eating it for dinner. The only problem was that it was scrawny, and interestingly colored, and the two of us didn't know if it was poisonous... so we set him free. lucky guy.
The trip was awesome and very stretching. I love traveling with the people I do life with. We will be hitting the road again soon, to Europe. We'll be ministering in England, Germany and Belgium, stay posted for updates! Thank you all for reading and supporting!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
For the past three years of my life, I have lived in the small town of Sophia, North Carolina, on a fifty-two acre ministry called “A Place for the Heart.” When I first stepped onto this land in the summer of 2009, it was for a sixty day school called “The 18 Inch Journey,” an arts and worship based school centered on discovering true relationship with Jesus. There I learned how to be fathered by God, after not having been fathered for so many years of my life. At the end of that summer, my school leaders Jonathan and Melissa Helser invited me into a 15 month internship. During that time, I dug my roots deep into the heart of the Father, fell in love with music, worked hard, learned about family and honor, and how to live and fight for my dearest friends in the midst of community. I set foot on a journey to discover the thoughts of the Lord over me, what he says about me. I learned to hear his voice and depend upon it. I said yes to forever being changed by the heart of the Father, and changed I have been.
After my 15 month internship in January of 2011, I was invited to come on full time staff at "A Place for the Heart." My role in this ministry team is quite vast. I work full time as the head of maintenance on the farm. Which includes mowing fields, blowing leaves, making plumbing repairs, renovating rooms, you name it, I have done it one time or another. I prepare and manage jobs for our interns to do weekly throughout the year. My heart is to teach them the value of ownership and what a gift it is when you no longer work out of duty but out of honor for those who have come before and who have given. Something I have been fortunate enough to learn during my time here on the farm and will forever carry with me in my life. In addition to those things, I serve with Jonathan and Melissa traveling the world apart of there ministry team that is changing the earth with worship. We create and cultivate a space for God's heart to collide with a generation and be forever changed by his presence. On these trips I have been honored to be able to lead worship in Dubai, U.A.E. and teach a class in Johannesburg, South Africa and share with others everywhere we go the part of the Father that I know. In the summer I help lead the "18 Inch Journey," the sixty day school that set me on the course Im on now, three years ago. My job throughout the year translates over into this school, only on a much larger and more 24/7 scale. I lead farm work details, times of worship, and small groups. I invest this time of the year to see others from all over the world come to "A Place for the Heart" and get radically changed by the intimacy of the Father.