In just a couple of days, I’ll be on my way to Sydney, Australia. The new band we’re launching, called Abilene, is doing our first touring project and partnering with Cru’s Australian ministry, Power to Change.
We’ll be working with Power to Change’s music ministry, which has a similar vision and mission to ours. And we’ll be going into colleges and high schools, where we have the unprecedented opportunity to share our music and the gospel directly with students IN the schools.
Australia’s public school system allows for students to take optional classes and activities that involve religious content. That gives Power to Change’s music ministry the access to get us into schools during the day. They have been doing it for years, and we have been sending bands and artists there for years, since it’s such a strategic (and rare!) open door for evangelism. This is the first time I’ve gone, though, so I am excited to see it for myself.
Abilene involves two volunteer musicians, both of whom have years of professional experience as performing artists, songwriters and worship leaders, and they’re excited about being part of the work we’re doing. It’s a pretty big stretch, though, for them to be able to take a few weeks away from their normal lives to do this with us. They’re raising support for this like most people would for a mission trip, and God has already brought in all the funds they need to join us.
So despite the challenges, we’ve already seen God do great things to enable them to come with us. It will be fun to see what He does in our outreaches!
As soon as I get home, our youngest daughter Sarah graduates from High School the very next weekend, so we have her commencement and then her graduation reception! Jennifer will have to do a lot of the planning while I’m gone, and I’m sure that as soon as I get home, I’ll go straight to work getting our house ready for that. I’m not sure we’re emotionally ready for our youngest to be graduating from high school, but that’s another matter…
Rachel, our oldest, is home recovering from foot surgery. She’s OK, but she’ll be down for a few weeks as she recovers. And finally, I’ve officially been released from treatment after my left hand surgery; it’s all healing up and I’m experiencing no nerve or mobility issues when playing guitar… which is a good place to be since I’m heading overseas on tour!!
Thanks for your prayers on ALL of those things! Next month, I’m sure I’ll have a lot to share from the land down under.
…for safe and uncomplicated travel for our team, and for God to move in people’s hearts and minds as we share music, stories, and the life-changing truth about knowing and following Jesus! Also, please pray for Jennifer, as she gets things ready for Sarah’s graduation and takes care of Rachel while she recovers from foot surgery.