I just heard today that Janiê’s work visa has been denied, so she will only be able to come for six months on a tourist visa. She is very disappointed – I am, too, and I’m sure others in Keynote are as well. Please pray that we will all trust God and experience His peace, and that He will show us if there is a way legally to extend her stay with us to the full year.
The BlackSoil Project tour to Jamaica that I asked you to pray for has been postponed until fall. In the meantime, please pray for the Jamaican hosts as they plan for the tour.
Brazil – Several years ago, a Campus Crusade staff member named Kristin took a summer off from her responsibilities with the Campus Ministry to participate in Keynote’s summer music project. The following fall, she transferred to Crusade’s ministry in Brazil, where she began discipling a professional musician named Janiê. At Kristin’s encouragement, Janiê attended Keynote’s 2002 summer project, using her musical skills as part of an evangelistic band. Now Janiê has come on staff with Campus Crusade in Brazil, and her dream is to start a Keynote-style music ministry there. As soon as her visa comes through, she will come to Keynote for a year of training and ministry experience.
Jamaica – One of our newer partnerships is with the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry in Jamaica. One Keynote team (made up of some of our office personnel) returns tonight from a week of leading worship at a Campus Ministry conference. Another, our hip-hop team Black Soil Project, leaves this Wednesday for outreach concerts from January 19-24. Finally, my director (John Pescio) will teach several worship-leading seminars at a date yet to be determined.
For many to come to Christ during Black Soil Project’s evangelistic concerts in Jamaica.
For my director, John Pescio, as he prepares to teach worship-leading seminars in Jamaica
All Campus Crusade for Christ staff in the areas hit by the killer tidal waves have survived. Thomas Abraham, Campus Crusade’s Vice President for Asia, Latin America and Oceania, wrote, “God has been very merciful to us, and for a purpose. We believe He did it so that we may join together with the worldwide body of Christ to meet the physical and spiritual needs of devastated and desperate families.” Within 24 hours after the disaster, our national staff in these countries started giving assistance to those in need.
The missionaries and churches of the Christian & Missionary Alliance (the denomination of my church in Indianapolis) have also been spared. Church leaders say that some of the areas hit hard by the tsunami have long been unresponsive to the gospel. I’ve often heard that hearts are much more receptive to Christ in the months following a disaster such as this one. God deeply loves these hurting souls and wants to use us as His hands and feet to demonstrate that love. If your church or denomination doesn’t have a relief fund, you may go to http://www.tidalwaverelieffund.org to give to Campus Crusade for Christ’s relief efforts.