Here’s another Mangofish tour update. Mangofish is swimming Pacific side right now (we just left California)! We did have another show at Malmstrom Air Force Base which went well, we connected with some of the airmen and played facing the dorms on base, so more people heard us than we thought. One person indicated starting a relationship with God! Overall we had an amazing time there and could see and feel God working. Next was our stop at Yellowstone National Park to work with the Yellowstone Summer Project students. We played in the employees’ pub, which was an interesting – but very fun – experience. We had opportunities to have several good conversations with the park’s summer workers…
From Yellowstone we went to Salinas, California. We played in a Salvation Army community center for an audience that did not really seem to know what to make of our musical style, which added another challenge and created, in the end, a great experience…two people indicated on the comment cards that they accepted Christ that night!! The next night we went to Lake Tahoe to play at their summer project site. One of the [Lake Tahoe Summer Project] students was able to share the gospel with three girls who showed up during the concert as a result of hearing our music.
The next morning we drove to Santa Cruz to play at their summer project outreach. We set up outside a hotel a block away from the boardwalk, and were very excited by the amount of people God brought off the street! …Immediately after the concert the project students hosted a dance party, which drew in even more passers-by. At the time, we were worried we wouldn’t have the same opportunities to talk to people that we are used to, but God really humbled us by allowing for even more meaningful conversations, both with people who had come for the concert, and people who had been drawn in by the music, and people who stopped by to dance afterwards. Five people became Christians that night, and we just felt amazed that God let us be a part of what He’s doing in Santa Cruz…
Now we’re on our way to Colorado for a show in Fort Collins on Thursday. We would really appreciate prayers for our safety (there are a lot of miles to be covered in just a few days), health (some of us have started to get hints of a cold), and unity as a band as we continue in close quarters. (We also are praising God that this hasn’t been a problem so far!!) We’re also praying for the Santa Cruz summer project. So many people in Santa Cruz are searching for meaning, and almost everyone is open to listen. But the hotel that has hosted the summer project there for several years is being torn down after this year, and there’s a possibility that this year’s summer project will be the last. So we’re praying for God’s will to be done.
Thanks for your prayers and support!!
Stephanie (and Mangofish)