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

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