Ivalene and I are honored to be part of the Caleb Company team ministering in Israel October 28 through November 8, 2017.
On the trip, led by “Papa” Don Finto and Tod McDowell, we will connect with some of the Messianic ministries we know from our long-term relationship with Don and Belmont Church. We will participate in outreach with local ministries to “the least of these”.
We will also meet and minister to Holocaust survivors and tour throughout the Land with a professional guide.
This trip has more of a “strategic ministry” purpose than our usual “teaching” missions trips. We are going to serve, learn and build relationships. I’ll do some worship leading, but we are not featured content providers. (We’ll see though, the Lord always has creative and un-anticipated ways He uses us!)
Ecclesiastes is a fantastic passage of scripture to read at this time of year. As the seasons change and we approach the final quarter of the year, it is a good exercise to reflect on life’s journey so far.
I wrote the song “Say Goodbye to Yesterday” very much with the philosophical themes of Ecclesiastes in mind. However, unlike the book’s author Solomon whose revelation was “everything is meaningless”, my conclusions are brighter, and more confident of God’s redemptive heart and ultimate power.
The primary idea of the chorus is to resolve our failures as a means of God’s grace, not to be defined by them. Neither are we to be haunted or stunted by our feelings of shame, but to let our mistakes and regrets go, and move on in the grace of God’s love.
“Pappa Don” has been one of the most influential spiritual leaders in my life, as he has been for countless others in Nashville and around the world.
Recording “Prepare!” audio book with Pappa Don Finto.
I knew “Prepare!” was an important work when we were recording it. Don Finto, at age 87, is a modern day Caleb, vigorous and strong in the Lord. His keen insight on the times in which we live, delivered powerfully through his extensive lens of a lifetime of Biblical wisdom, make this a “must listen” audio book.
Worship Discipleship Ministry in Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Hungary
Hi Friends! Here is our most recent missions report loaded with pics and details. During the month of May 2017, Ivalene and I embarked on an epic worship discipleship trip teaching and doing worship ministry in Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Hungary.
God is on the move!
We saw the Lord move powerfully through answered prayer in our times of ministry throughout the entire time we were overseas.
This trip affirmed there seems to be an on-going need need for Biblical discipleship – teaching, encouraging and impartation – in the areas of worship ministry. We were able to meet this need in our own unique way. People were hungry, receptive and appreciative. This was a great blessing!
The Holy Spirit truly helped us teach and communicate effectively. We were very encouraged by the feedback from those we were serving.
Angels were working overtime to keep us healthy and safe in travel. We faced some challenges and difficulties, but the Lord saw us through every one.