From a Different Perspective (Grenada Pt.4)

It’s strange how the familiar seems to have a different look to it after experiencing life from a different perspective. Life in Grenada is a lesson in contrasts. Some people do fairly well on the island, while others have absolutely nothing. Some people have pretty nice homes, while others live in tin and wood shacks. Some people have running water while others bathe outdoors using buckets. Yet even those in the best of circumstances couldn’t ‘t even begin to dream of how good we have it in the states.

I came home bothered by that. I came home uncomfortable with how I live in comparison to how many of the people I spent my week with live. I came home with a total discontent for how poorly the local church is doing in Grenada. I came home burdened with their burdens and struggling with their struggles. I came home with a change in perspective.

In the end, what I thought would be a one time event in my life, has become a cause to which I’m dedicated. I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know when or under what circumstances I’ll return to the island, but I do know I WILL return. I can’t go on living my cozy American life without being dedicated to going back. I can’t continue to live as I live without recognizing this burden I have for these people.

The answer to the struggles in Grenada lies within the local church. That’s where we will be investing our time and efforts and that is where God will begin to reclaim this island for His glory…and I can’t wait to be a part of that!

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Unexpected Friends (Grenada Pt.3)

The trip to Grenada was exciting. I was fortunate to have most of my creative team on this trip as well as 2 of my closest friends. Of all the expectations I had going in, walking away with 2 great new friends wasn’t something that crossed my mind. It didn’t take long to figure out that God had other plans. Have you ever had a conversation with someone and walked away feeling like you’ve known that person your whole life? Well that’s exactly what happened on this trip…twice!

Jamey and Kent are both truly remarkable guys. These men love God so deeply it flows out of their pours. They’re both fantastic Dad’s, Godly husbands and true servants of God. I already miss my morning cup of coffee with Jamey and the great conversations about family with Kent. It was a true joy to watch these guys serve side by side with their kids in Grenada.

I expected to walk away with a lot of new things from this trip…but I didn’t expect this. It’s amazing how God brings new people into our lives…even when those people have been right under our nose for a long time.

So Proud (Grenada Pt.2)

One of things I am most passionate about in ministry is investing in other artists. I long for people to reach their creative potential for Christ. I especially love to make that investment in our high school kids. Our Grenada team featured 5 teenage artists and I couldn’t wait to see how God would stretch and develop each one of them. I was really excited for last Sunday. We were schedule to be at 2 churches that morning. I would take a small musical team with me and the remaining musicians and singers (including our 5 teens) would lead worship in another church.

What I didn’t expect was that God would work out the schedule so that I could be there to listen to the other team. From the first note, the spirit of worship in that room was real and tangible. I watched as each of these kids did more than simply step up…I watched them step in to their God given giftedness. I couldn’t stop the tears that were streaming down my face. I was so proud of these kids…more importantly I know God was glorified and He was loving every minute of it!

Not everything we invest in works out. Sometimes you have an artists who you think will be a great leader in your ministry…only to find out later that you’ve just discovered another “flaky” artist. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned is that you can NEVER stop investing. Because for every investment that doesn’t work out, there are 5 kids who will knock your socks off!

I’m so proud of these girls!

Grenada Pt.1

So many great things happened in Grenada. Here’s one story of how God opened an unexpected door.

Sunday night, we were scheduled to play in one of the local town squares. We had done the same thing the night before in another area and were excited to see what God would do. The one snag we ran in to was the fact that it’s election season in Grenada. The streets are flooded with people campaigning for their favorite candidate…and believe me, Granadian’s are passionate about their politics. Originally they expected several hundred people to be at this show, but because of the elections and the many political rallies, the crowd was likely to be fairly small.

One of the local pastors we were working with said he might be able to get us in to play at a rally for one of the local candidates. He made a few phone calls and sure enough, got us in! Instead of the crowd coming to us, God brought us to the crowd. The night was incredible. We literally played in the middle of the street. Cars were passing a foot in front of the stage trying to make their way through all the people who had gathered around. It was truly an amazing setting. An American group, playing at a Grenadian political rally in the middle of one of the poorest neighborhoods on the island.

In the end, God made His name known at that rally and opened up many doors for us to start talking with people on the street. For our team, the night was an amazing example of God moving in an unexpected way. It was an exhausting but life altering adventure.

Home At Last…Sort Of

Finally got back, late last night, from our trip to Grenada. Now I’m back at the airport ready to fly to Houston to meet up with my family for a much needed vacation. Grenada was amazing. I’m honestly not sure where to start. I am so proud of my team. God grabbed a hold of each and every one of them and used them to the fullest. We were filled up and emptied out over and over again. We’re all exhausted, but I think every one of us would do it again in a heartbeat. It’s amazing the things God can do when His people are simply willing to go.

I’ll share some thoughts on the trip over the next week or so. For now, I’m going to go find out why my flight is delayed and grab some breakfast. It’s good to be back!

A Quick Grenada Update

I’ve got about 5 minutes of Internet time, so I’m typing fast. Grenada has been incredible. We’ve played 6 shows in 3 days and are heading out to our seventh shortly. We’ve ministered to over 2,000 kids during those shows. Tomorrow, we shift our focus to the town center and the local church. We will be playing at a couple different city events, a Pastors conference and several other churches.

Grenada is so beautiful and the people are amazing. They are so hungry to know about God and seemed surprised that God actually wants a relationship with them. Our team has been incredible. Everyone has stepped into their roles and stepped out of their comfort zones. The results have been seen in every life that has been given to Christ.

This will probably be my last post until we get back. Internet is sparse here and twittering is really expensive. I’ll fill everyone in on the rest of the trip when I get back.

O Dark:30

Well here we are at the lovely Central Illinois Regional Airport. We got here at 4am…OUCH! Anyhow, everyone made it and we’re all excited to get going to Grenada. Unfortunately, we’re flying American Airlines…known for having the worst coffee in the industry. None the less…I will press on and buy a Starbucks at O’hare.