I am constantly in a state of total dependence on God. This is my story, and this is my song. (Thank you, Fannie Crosby!)
I am counting on the Lord to lead and provide for the things I believe He has called me to do.
I have doubts and fears that seem massive and overwhelming at times.
But I also have faith, and all the faith that any of us really need is, well – minuscule. Jesus said that if we have just a tiny bit of authentic, trusting faith – the “size of a mustard seed” – then mountains will be moved. (Matthew 17:20).
So on October 31, 2018, by faith, I embarked on yet another improbable missions adventure. My first assignment was to lead worship in Greece for an international group of missionary leaders on a 6-day training intensive. The second leg of my trip was to minister in the nation of Ukraine in a variety of locations and contexts. I’ll tell all about that in a moment.
But first, I have to share one of my “ah ha” moments.
My next missions trip will be October 31 – November 14, 2018. The first leg is near Athens, Greece where I’ll be leading worship for a 5-day missions leadership development intensive with national leaders from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Ethiopia and Ghana. This organization is a new connection for me and I feel the Lord is strongly in this endeavor.
The following week I’ll head to Ukraine to teach, coach, mentor, advise and encourage students and staff at the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary in Kiev.
My next missions trip will be May 7 – 17, 2018. I’ll return to Ukraine for the third consecutive year as a seminar instructor and keynote speaker at the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary in Kiev.
I’ll teach on worship theology, songwriting and intercessory worship for the Music in Worship Conference May 10-12, the following week I’ll be a guest lecturer for classes in the music department. Besides teaching, my purpose will be to coach, mentor, advise and encourage students and staff.
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!)
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.
Well I’m excited to return to Eastern Europe this year with my wife Ivalene. During the month of May 2017 we will teach in Ukraine, then minister in Bulgaria, lead worship in Hungary and finish in France.
We’ll depart the USA the beginning of May and return at the end of May.
It will be a very long journey and we would be most appreciative of your prayers! You can also support our ministry financially with a tax deductible donation.
TEACHING AT UKRAINIAN EVANGELICAL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
The next week May 8-15, we’ll lecture at UETS teaching in the Music Ministry and Theology Department. The courses I’m teaching will be Essential Biblical Foundations of Christian Worship during the day and Worship Music Composition and Songwriting Workshop in the evenings. Ivalene will teach a Children’s Worship Workshop for leadersinterested in teaching children to be worshipers.
Besides teaching, we will be there to coach, mentor, advise and encourage students and staff.