Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Leslie and I want to wish you a "Merry Christmas"!!! This is the day which we celebrate God sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to Earth. His life was lived in perfection and then He sacrificially gave Himself to pay the punishment for our sins (the things that separate us from God). We want to invite you to read how to have a personal relationship with God by visiting this website:

This website is from another of Campus Crusade's ministries.

Friday, December 15, 2006

CBS Evening News Segment about Campus Crusade

Watch CBS Evening News Segment About Campus Crusade

Watch It or Read The Transcript

CBS News called the seriesWired for Faith. It aired Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. EST.

The two-minute segment was titled "Praying Not Partying."Watch the video on the right side of the screen or read the transcript in the main column.

Also, you can watch staff member Tony Arnold's interview with Kelly Cobiella, the correspondent. Watch the seven-minute Web-only video interview.

The Back Story

A CBS film crew shot video at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The crew was on site for a story about the increased spiritual interest of college students and their involvement with Christian groups.

CBS shot the entire University of Wisconsin weekly meeting with footage of students streaming in. They also filmed an entire freshmen girls' dorm Bible study.

Two students were interviewed sharing how they left the party scene when their lives were changed by Jesus. Now they are leading Bible studies.

(Information courtesy of the Campus Crusade Staff Web)

Monday, December 11, 2006

Christmas Greeting

Volume 1, Issue 4 - instead of a traditional newsletter, we wrote a Christmas greeting.
Joy is simply looking at its treasures. A Christian’s joy is in loving Christ and loving other people because Christ loves them; it is in doing good to others, and so having a Christmas perpetually.

It is in looking forward to that world of glory where we shall be like Him, and shall see Him as He is. “Where I am,” is a sweet assurance, “ye shall be also.” Jesus offers to fill our homes and our hearts with joy, if we will only let Him do it.
(God’s Little Christmas Book, pg. 138)

(In our mailed version of our newsletter, we also included our photo prayer card. We are including it here.)

If you would like a high resolution copy to download of this image, you may find it here:

Thursday, December 07, 2006

FamilyLife writes article about Keynote staff woman

FamilyLife writes article about Keynote staff woman - Julie Boyd
Julie Boyd and her husband Bruce have been with Keynote for a number of years. They speak at FamilyLife Marriage Conferences as well as touring with their boys as the Boyd Family Band with Keynote.

The article focuses upon Julie's life growing up, her marriage, and her ministry. It can be read on the FamilyLife website at: The Family She Never Had -

Sunday, November 19, 2006

3 Month Anniversary

3 Month Anniversary

This evening, Leslie and I celebrated our 3 month anniversary of being married. We returned to McAlister's Deli, the place of our first date on Mother's Day in 2005.

McAlister's has become a place that Leslie and I think of quite fondly. If you would like to know more of our story check out our engagement story on our wedding website at:

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Update2: CBS Evening News to feature Campus Crusade

{UPDATE 11/16/06} CBS Evening News With Katie Couric Will Feature Campus Crusade

The spot has been delayed again.

This time it’s due to the domino effect from Ed Bradley’s death last week. The producer told a Campus Crusade staff member that his senior producer in NYC likes our package and Katie still wants it.

So please keep praying that it would still air.

(Information courtesy of the Camps Cursade Staff Web)

Friday, November 10, 2006

40 Years in the Making

Volume 1, Issue 3
40 years in the making

2006 marks the 40th anniversary of Keynote’s ministry! It all began in 1966 when Dr. Bill Bright personally recruited a band composed of University of Minnesota students to join the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. The band was called the New Folk. (Yep, they sang folk music which was “in” at that time.)

Let us take you on a quick journey of Keynote through the decades:

In the 70s, many music ministry teams begin changing their format to use secular music. As a result, Santa Fe and Prism first begin using ”the music of the culture” to explain the gospel to people in a language they already understand. (Up to this point, Campus Crusade groups had only used originally-written music and Christian music to present the gospel.)

In the 80s several new groups are formed: Counterpoint (1983) – using classical music to reach executives and other business professionals: The Convertibles (1986) – partnering with Student Venture (the high school ministry of Campus Crusade), using a 1950s style rock ‘n roll show to communicate the gospel to teenagers; Vanguard (1988) – an “a cappella” group using only percussion and voices, also reaching executives; and Flashback (1988) – a classic rock band playing at college campuses.

In the 90s, in addition to many new groups, Keynote has major outreaches in several countries, including the Philippines and Russia. In 1994, Singaporean Campus Crusade staff take part with U.S. staff in Keynote music ministry training for staff from 9 countries. Keynote begins its Summer Project program, involving college-age musicians in music ministry training and touring. (To date Keynote has trained over 300 college students in music evangelism and worship leading.)

In the 2000’s, Keynote forms groups such as Chasing Elvis, blue sky nine, Piper Down, X-nelo, and Laredo. By mid-decade, teams are having unprecedented opportunities to share the gospel around the world.

In 2006 Keynote moves into it’s new Worldwide Ministry Center in Westfield, IN. Rehearsal building is scheduled to be completed in 2007.

Thank you for your partnership with us. As exciting as these 40 years have been for Keynote, I believe that God has even more amazing things in store for the future. We’re excited to have you along with us for the ride.

Dark to Light
You are helping people go from the kingdom of darkness (hell) to the kingdom of light (eternal salvation) as Mike and I work behind the scenes equipping, training, supporting our staff that are on the front lines. It is such a privilege to make a difference not just in history but for eternity!

Thank you for partnering in a GREAT cause, investing in the Kingdom of God, changing lives. You are enabling Mike and me to offer our gifts and services because of your partnership. Thank you for saying YES/ participating by investing in the vision God has given us as we are a couple in ministry together.

Prayer Requests:
  • As we raise our financial support: Our hearts would hold to God’s promises that He provides for our every need.
  • We would choose day by day to live in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Bible is the Law– Word of the Sovereign King, not merely the advice of a good friend. It reveals the extent of God’s sovereignty and the required response of man. -R.C. Sproul

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Update: CBS Evening News to feature Campus Crusade

CBS Evening News With Katie Couric Will Feature Campus Crusade {The latest update 11/08/06}

With the election returns and now Donald Rumsfield’s resignation, CBS postponed the feature until next week.

It will likely air on Thursday, November 16 and will run as the first in a two-part series. The second part on Friday will focus on how youth ministries - mostly high school church based - are addressing changing technology and styles.

If/when CBS starts advertising the series around next Tuesday, we’ll have high confidence the feature will actually run on the November 16.

(Courtesy of Campus Crusade Staff Web)

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Keynote Ventriloquist Mentioned by Church Swindoll

Keynote Ventriloquist Mentioned by Chuck Swindoll in Insight for Living 11/1/06

Dave Pendleton, Keynote's Comedian Ventriloquist was mentioned Wednesday by Chuck Swindoll in his broadcast of Insight for Living. If you'd like to listen, you can hear it at Insight's website here: Insight for Living 11/1/06 (This link requires Real Player.)

Dave is mentioned about 2 minutes into the broadcast.

To see more about Dave's ministry, please visit his website at:

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

CBS Evening News to feature Campus Crusade

{UPDATED 11/2/06} CBS Evening News With Katie Couric Will Feature Campus Crusade

The CBS film crew just finished shooting at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The crew was on site for a story about the increased spiritual interest of college students and their involvement with Christian groups.

The feature was scheduled to run on November 1 on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. It's been rescheduled for sometime the week of November 6.

CBS shot the entire University of Wisconsin weekly meeting with footage of students streaming in. They also filmed an entire freshmen girls' dorm Bible study.

Two students were interviewed sharing how they left the party scene when their lives were changed by Jesus. Now they are leading Bible studies.

Find out the time it airs where you live.

(Information courtesy of the Campus Crusade Staff Web)

Monday, October 30, 2006

$15 a month Challenge - Update

Well, we have a little more than 24 hours to go in our November 1 deadline. So far, we have only seen about 8% of the envelopes returned from our $15 a month ask letter.

We have seen our support percentage go from starting at 64% to being at 67% . We have also received $520 towards our goal of $2,500 in special one-time needs.

Leslie and I know that God is in control. We are seeing the miracles in the midst of this. But, it is discouraging as well. Can God still provide? You bet!! Are we prepared if He doesn't? Yes. Support raising is a process and we don't desire to circumvent anything God might be trying to do in or through us. We know and recognize that He may not choose to provide in this timing.

Right now, Leslie and I are in a hard place. We trust God can answer our pray in the affirmative and see our entire support raised in less than 24 hours from now. But, humanly, we are thinking it isn't going to happen. We know that God has three basic answers to our prayers "Yes", "No", and "Wait". We know and believe that God desires for us to have our support raised. It is just that He might be saying wait.

For over a month Leslie and I have felt called to pray for the completion of our support by November 1. We have taken bold steps to make our need known and to do the work that God has called us to do. We have been praying name by name for each recipient of the $15 a month ask letter. We have been praying for favor, a quick reply, and for each person to follow God's calling in how they are to respond.

We know that not everyone who was sent a letter could give. We know that there are recipients who it would be a huge faith step to give $15 a month. There are others, who could quite easily give ten times that without even blinking. However, we are seeking that people respond to God, not to us. I would raither not have our support raised than to have our support raised through someone's disobedience to God.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

$15 a month Challenge

15 dollars
The $15 a month Challenge has been sent out with much prayer on Leslie's and my part.

What is the $15 a month Challenge? Well, Leslie and I are trusting God to raise up our remaining support by November 1. (Just 9 days from now.) The basic idea is that Leslie and I had a list of people we intended to contact and try to meet face-to-face with to invite to be a part of what we are doing.

Most likely, it would have taken us at a minimum 3 months to get the appointments with this list of people. I believe as I was in the middle of writing a letter that God impressed upon me to just send a letter to each of these individuals (whom many of them have recieved my newsletter for the last 8 years) and ask if they would support us for $15 a month. If each person who recieves a letter will give $15 a month, Leslie's and my support team will be complete!

So, in our letter, we asked each person to pray about what they felt God was calling them to do. If they couldn't give monthly, would they consider a special gift for some of our one-time needs. If they couldn't give financially, would they pass the letter on to someone who would support us at $15 a month.

The hardest part in all of this is that the letters have to be reiceived, read, decide the action, then a reply sent all prior to November 1. Leslie left our apartment to deliver the letters to the Post Office at 3:45 PM today. We are praying that some people will recieve their letter tomorrow and immediately respond and that we will see our first responces on Wednesday. (One week prior to our November 1 goal.)

To some people, $15 a month is just a little bit. To others, $15 a month is a lot. We know that there will be some that could do more and others who can do nothing. But, we know that our support comes from God and it is in His hands.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Michigan Conference

Leslie and I returned from being in Michigan at Michindoh Conference Center for four days for a support raising follow-up conference. It was a good time to be around other Campus Crusade for Christ staff who are raising their support. Along with reminders about our support raising process, we took part in a financial stewardship seminar called Good Sense. Though Leslie and I have been living on a budget since we got married, it was good to sit down with an advisor one-on-one and look at our budget and talk about our finances. Leslie and I desire to be wise stewards with the money God entrusts to us -- not just in how we spend our money, but even how we give to our church and other missionaries.

Leslie and I are continuing to trust God in seeing our complete support raised by November 1. As it stands as of the writing of this message, we have pledges totaling 64% of our goal. It is amazing to me to see how God works. Before Leslie and I left for Michigan, we were at 62%.

Leslie and I often look at the goal that we have and we wonder, "How in the world can we see it all come in by November 1?" And yet, even when we are away and not making phone calls, God provides another 2%. How awesome is that?

Leslie and I continue to seek God in the midst of this time. Even when one of us seems to lose hope, the other is able to step in and help bring the Godly perspective that we need. Marriage is wonderful that way.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

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Friday, October 13, 2006

Wedding Photos

Leslie and I have recently gotten the link to our online proofs of our wedding photos (the professional photographer). If you would like to view them, they can be found here:

If this does not work then try this: Go to That will bring up a passcode page. Type rebholz_weddings

If you would like to see our casual photos sent to us by family and friends, you can find them here:

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Stories from the Road

Volume 1, Issue 2
Stories from the Road

In August, Keynote's acoustic rock group--blue sky nine--opened their fall touring season at IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University), a commuter campus in downtown Indianapolis, IN. Even though two key students dropped out of the ministry just one week before school started, the campus director decided to go forward with the scheduled outreach event. School administrators kept overhearing comments from the students: "Who is that band?" . . . "I want to hear that band again" . . . "They're really good!" The administrators were so intrigued they decided to find out more about the band, and asked if they could come back at the end of September. In addition to that, there were many great conversations about spiritual issues after the concert, and lots of good connections between CCC staff and new students.

The Boyd Family Band traveled to Lebanon in April. Bruce, Julie and their three young sons, Brandon, Shaun and Ryan, have performed 35 concerts; sometimes five in one day! This is their second time working in partnership with Student Venture in Lebanon, performing at assemblies in high schools throughout the country. Brandon, Shaun and Ryan share their testimonies, and have connected well with the audiences (students their own age). The Boyds have performed for thousands and of the 7 performances where they were able to use comment cards, nearly 1200 students indicated decisions to commit their lives to Christ and 781 wanted more information on a relationship with Jesus! One really incredible thing about all of this is that many of the students come from Muslim homes. And now it's amazing to think that these students are carrying the power of the gospel throughout Lebanon.

Mike’s musings:
Recently, I was reminded of a lesson that I used to teach when I worked at Camp Good News. The application of this lesson is one that I hold very dearly.

When sin begins, it is like a clothespin that you put on your finger. There is a little pressure — you know it is there, but it doesn’t seem to be a big deal. If you don’t deal with sin, it grows. It then becomes like a mouse trap. When a mouse trap snaps on your hand, it stings pretty bad, but you can live with it. If you don’t deal with sin at this stage it grows again. It then becomes like a rat trap. If you don’t deal with sin in your life the consequences and pain of sin can really be large. At this point in my lesson, I would take a pencil and trigger the rat trap which would result in the pencil breaking in half.

Sin is a dangerous thing and especially when left unchecked, it grows and grows into things we never imagined would be possible.

Prayer Requests:

  • We would complete our support team by November first, beginning of the placement year in Keynote.

  • Mike and Leslie would continually seek their first love, the Lord.

Thank You

For your continued support and prayers. We greatly appreciate your partnership!

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
- Leo Tolstoy


Welcome to our new ministry online home. Leslie and Mike work for Keynote, the music and creative arts ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

New Journey: Marriage & Ministry

Volume 1, Issue 1
New Journey: Marriage & Ministry

Hello everyone! Mike and I (Leslie) are excited to greet you with this first official newsletter since our marriage on August 19th, 2006.

Lots of changes: newsletter title/heading, our address, Leslie’s new email address. One important thing is to begin using the account number of 0480713 for donations to our ministry.

Let’s see ahhh yes back to reality after the honeymoon. We are excited about what God is going to do in and through us not just as a couple but in Keynote as well. What are we up to these days you wonder? Mike and I have begun to work on raising support together full-time. Well, he has had his eyes glued to the computer (those who know him as a tech) as he’s updating and combining our ministry administrative files. I prefer the area of communication (newsletters, thank-yous, phone calls) We both have a lot of work ahead of us: trainings, contacts to make, and support to raise.

Already, I‘ve seen God at work in us challenging each other. The excitement of being a bride, newly betrothed. And to imagine this is only a glimpse of how Christ sees us! The principal of dieing to self has really been my focus these last few weeks. Galatians 2:20 reads: I myself no longer live but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body trusting in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. The Lord has called me to be a wife, minister to my husband (I’m still getting used to calling him that.) in addition to my passion to help others know their identity in Christ and spiritually equip others. Have you too evaluated how well you are doing (serving, giving, loving, forgiving…)?

God has Mike and I on this journey in marriage and ministry which is beyond imagination or words of what I dreamed. What a privilege to serve side by side in unity. AND you prayerful, faithful, generous friends and supporters are journeying with us! Mike and I praise God as He is going to reward you with blessings in Heaven. We would not be here– FULL TIME ministry without YOU. Thank you for believing in us and what God has called us to.

Mike’s Tid Bits:
It is a real privilege to be writing to everyone from both of our lists. Leslie and I are figuring out this whole married thing one day at a time. It is really a lot of fun, but a lot of hard work too. Leslie and I look forward to being able to meet many of you face-to-face as we seek to bring everyone up to speed on what is happening with us.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for us (Mike & Leslie) as we are adjusting to married life. (establishing routines/ habits, being together 24-7,)

  • Pray that we would effectively communicate our passion, vision, and heart for ministry as we meet with potential contacts.

Our new address
Mike & Leslie Rebholz
2015 Ashley Wood Dr. Apt D
Westfield, IN 46074
If you support Leslie PLEASE start using the new account # 0480713.

A snapshot from the honeymoon.

Us with our marriage mentor couple.

Mike and Leslie hangin with their new amigos they met on the honeymoon.