September 23, 2016
COS Singles Retreat
I'll be traveling back down to the Jersey shore a few more times as we head into the fall. This weekend I've been asked to lead worship once again for Church of the Saviour's (Wayne, PA) annual singles retreat at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference! It's been such a joy these past seven years getting to know and worship the Lord with these brothers and sisters. And as with most of those years, I'm blessed to have my good friends & bandmates Steve Bridgeman and Denise Collins joining me, along with guest speaker Pastor Tom Walsh! Thank you so much for your prayers!!
Back from Peru !
Thank you so much for your prayers! It was a privilege to serve with my good friend Allan Glass and teammates from The WordFM listening area as we helped bring the hope of the gospel to Huaycán, Peru.
I'll be posting more pictures from our trip, along with some testimonies of how the Lord allowed us to be a bessing. But here's a bit of a synopsis...
We left JFK in NYC around 2am on Friday morning, Aug 5th, and arrived in Lima about 7 and a half hours later (non-stop). It's approaching wintertime down there, so it was a little cooler- though the sun was still intense (especially on the mountain in Huaycán where we were working). There's a general haze that lingers over the town and sometimes it would burn away later in the day. It affected our throats and sinuses a bit, as did the dry rocky dirt on the mountain. The people there said that it rarely rains but when it does, it's basically a mist- not any kind of downpour. From the pictures, you'll notice very little green anywhere. A few cactus plants and desert flowers that some residents here and there planted to brighten their place on the mountain, but otherwise just dry dirt and rocks.
Along with Allan Glass from the WordFm, our team's work assignments and itinerary were organized by Stephanie Boyd and Alan Hulley from World Servants.We joined Terry and Sabet Mullins of Peru Hope in bringing the gospel of Christ to Huaycán through acts of love and service. We were able to accomplish a number of goals: 1) to help finish the roof of the community center; 2) to help build a church (literally!); 3) to share simple bible teaching, music and laughter with the children of Huaycán; 4) to provide 2,000 pairs of reading glasses for those in need; and 5) paint a children's mural for the orphanage there. Here a just a few of the pictures...
How You Can Help
As of right now, I am currently seeking out where the Lord would have me serve- whether a return to a worship pastor role or continuing on as a worship missionary (including concert and conference ministry).
For those who can help us financially during this transition, the WordFm has graciously allowed my music ministry to come under their missions umbrella. If you feel led, we could sure use your support. Whether a one-time gift, or something we could count on every month, your tax-deductible donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.
Just click on the Donations link (above right on this website), or click HERE and in just a couple minutes, you could make a huge difference for us. We cannot thank you enough for partnering with us this year. It is such an honor to minister His hope and light with you!
So much of where I go is due to word of mouth, friend to friend, pastor to pastor. We're actively booking dates for concerts and worship events (solo acoustic, small combo or full band), and would love to come to your church or ministry venue! For more info, please feel free to contact us here at firstname.lastname@example.org or (484)459-1156. So grateful for your kind referrals!
Some Past Events
Some pics from our most recent Iron Sharpens Iron men's conference at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship in Allentown, PA. Guest speakers included film producer/writer, Stephen Kendrick (War Room, Courageous), and pastor/author, Eric Ludy.
We also had the honor of backing worship leader Nadine Maenza at the Women's Iron Sharpens Iron conference at Carlisle Evangelical Free Church (Carlisle, PA) and Calvary Church in Souderton, PA. Here we are joined by great guitarist and all-around funny guy, Gary Livesay, from the Mary James trio.
Previous Iron Sharpens Iron pics and worship team coaching times...
Noisetrade Sampler !
Here's an 11-song SAMPLER which includes songs from all my past projects, including the live, hidden track duet I sang with my daughter, Lauren, that was never available by itself. There's also a bonus track of a living room guitar demo of The Fragrance of Christ. Please share this sampler with your friends on Facebook!
Just enter the info above or click HERE. In exchange for your email & zip (which will only go to my fanbase- no spam!), NoiseTrade will email you the songs! It's free, but you can also "tip" any amount to help towards the new recording. Don't forget, you can also give a tax-deductible donation by going HERE.
Thank you so much for your love, prayers & support!!
Why "Blessed Hurricane?"
I often get asked why our music ministry is called Blessed Hurricane Ministries. If you've wondered about that, or if you'd like to hear more about the heart & vision behind this ministry, click HERE.