Monday, October 09, 2006

Whirlwind week...

It feels like it has been forever since we left Minnesota, but it has really only been just over two weeks. I think that is largely due to the fact that we have been so busy, especially lately. Since last Tuesday we have had at least one concert a day, and some days we even had two. It is so great to be used by God though! We would not want it any other way.

Here's a few highlights and lowlights of the past few days...

We got to help serve and perform at Evansville Rescue Mission, which is an organization that reaches out to the community of Evansville, Indiana with a message of hope, and a helping hand. We even got to be a surprise worship team at their chapel service prior to our concert.

From there we headed to Berea, Kentucky where the team began to get our first taste Southern hospitality. We played at the River of Life Foursquare Church and had a blast. We had awesome hosts and we really enjoyed ourselves.

Thursday on our drive to White Pine, Tennessee we had a flat tire on the van. No need to worry about anything though, we were very careful when changing the tire and the Lord provided for us in many ways through that experience. It also brought us closer together as a team.

Friday night found us rocking out acoustic style at a coffee shop in downtown Bristol, Tennessee. Our team loves coffee shops and acoustic sets, so it was a great fit.

Saturday night we met up with Rick Call who has been our host in the Abingdon, Virginia area since then, and we played at the Arise Center in Glade Spring, Virginia. The people there rocked! The guys got a chance to skate with some of them before and after the concert so that was really cool.

Sunday we peformed at Rick's church in the morning and then helped out at a youth rally in the afternoon. From there Rick took us to our luxurious accomodations at the Martha Washington Inn, which is essentially a five-star hotel. Needless to say we were living it up! Thanks again Rick!

Monday morning we gave a short concert at Graceland Academy and then changed into our riding clothes in preparation for our 17 mile bike ride down the Virginia Creeper Trail. This day was so full of memories it is hard to put them into words, but suffice it to say that we were truly blessed beyond our wildest imaginations!

Tomorrow holds more suprises from Rick and a concert at Emory and Henry College. Please pray for us as we are starting to feel the weariness that accompanies a busy tour schedule and we want to keep pressing on toward the prize!


Anonymous said...

What a great update! Thanks for keeping those of us back home clued in. God is so good. Our love to all of you and you're in our prayers. Sharon

chris said...

Any chance the Virginia Creeper trail has anything on last year's infamous bike ride epic tale (of Golden Gate proportions?)

Let us hope not!

Rick C. said...

You are all such a good bunch of CTI friends . Thank you for the kind words. We were truly blessed by your ministry. It is always easy to find people and businesses to pitch in when I explain about your ministry. Thanks to Mark McFadden in White Pine Tn, Sidney Rowland at King College, Jeff Wallace at the Arise Center here in Glade, Stan and all the folks at pleasant View UMC, Tim Koabler at Emory and Henry College and all my friends at Washington Chapel who help out every year.
Your Love for Jesus is evident and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to share in the work of CTI. Thanks to all the family members whose prayers and support made you visit possible. I wish you the very best with your time in CTI and beyond. May the force be with you all. Amen. Praise the Lord.

chris said...

Rick- thanks for ALWAYS taking such amazing care of our teams!! You're a true friend to this ministry.

-Chris Reed, CTI Program Director

Anonymous said...

Tori c hay gys evry one loved it when you sang at my school althow we could hav done without the kiddy songs or more of the cooler ones.Tell ruth that I'm nameing my tamagachi after her.well thought yuo gys were ausom hope to see some of you next year oh snyp hunting sonds like a funny game;-)

Tiffany said...

Greetings from Seattle! It sounds like you guys are having an amazing time. I'm so glad to hear it! Praise the Lord for all that He's doing in and through you guys. We're praying for y'all!