News from Ritmo-D

Hello my faithful friends. I want to start by thanking everyone for your love and support. Your comments and advice give us strength to continue in our walk with God.

This is the end of our tour; today our band will be playing for the last time at Iglesia El Calvario, a Hispanic church here at Orlando. It is sad to think that the project has come to an end, but at the same time it is comforting to know that the Lord has brought us here with a big purpose and there is not doubt that He has fulfilled it in our lives.

This week has been amazing for all of us. The band played at Parkslope Tabernacle in Brooklyn, NY. It was a great opportunity to be able to recruit students for next year as well as give some musicians a few musical pointers. We had the privilege of being responsible for the entire service, which was translated during the testimonies.

After our experience in New York and New Jersey, we began our long trek travel to Florida. While we were on our way to Gainesville one of our host called me, he said that the place he had reserved at University of Florida for the concert had been cancelled by the administrators. I was shocked and a little frustrated but I knew God was in control, even if I would not like the results. I talked to everyone on the team about the situation, we prayed together leaving everything in God’s hands. That night we stayed in a hotel at North Carolina without knowing what was going to happen. Next morning our host called again with the great news he had found a place for us. We were able to have the concert and even though we didn’t had a big audience one person got saved. After the concert our team building coordinator, also know as the band mom, mentioned: “God’s love is so extravagant that he can bring a band with people from all over the world just to save one person” Amazing!!!

On Friday we had the privilege to play at Lake Hart, Campus Crusade Headquarters. The band led the morning worship and also played their entire set in the afternoon for more than 100 staff members…This was our last full set of our tour and after the concert our team got together to thank God for everything he had done during this summer project.

Proof of Purchase On The Road

…God continues to astound us all. Event after event we are blown away by the work He does. We are so thankful that the Lord is willing to purify our efforts and work through our weakness to reach needing hearts.

Sunday of this week was a busy day. We had two gigs, a morning worship service at River Oaks Community Church here in Carmel and an evening outreach in Brandenburg, KY. The worship service at River Oaks went really well…

Immediately following the service we loaded up and booked it south to Kentucky… We set up our instruments on a flatbed semi trailer, and had a blast ministering to attendees of all ages…we had many, especially the teens and younger adults, dancing and singing to the Lord. At the end of the night, two people had indicated via comment cards that they had come to know Christ as their savior, and four were interested in learning more about a relationship with God…

Tuesday we played a backyard back to school party for Student Venture here in Carmel. God brought a very diverse group of young people to hear the gospel, our testimonies, and our music. The comment card response was very encouraging, too. Many students indicated that the worship we led brought them nearer to the Lord.

Wednesday we traveled north to Sheboygan, WI, to play an evening worship set at Ryan’s home church. We were informed that the congregation was fairly conservative, but as we worshiped we were pleased to see people of all ages raising their hands and singing to God…

Last night we got to play a sweet outreach event at the Krauter’s house…Attendance exceeded what we had hoped for, and God answered our prayers by clearing up some rain before it became a problem. Probably the most amazing part of the evening was the reaction of the parents to what we were doing. They were just blown away that so many high-schoolers get together and have a great time praising God without any drinking involved.

As we round third and head for home, please keep praying for us. We have really seen a lot of challenges on this tour. Several of us have undergone personal struggles over the last couple of weeks. Pray for Lantie, her family, and her mom as she struggles with cancer. Pray for my family and me as we deal with the loss of my grandpa. Please pray for Brian, his family, and his friends back home as they cope with the loss of a close friend in a climbing accident. And as always, continue to pray for our travels and our ministry.

On the Road with Swerve

Alright, here’s an update on our tour. Sorry it’s been so long. We’ve been extremely busy!

Last Tuesday we were in Cary, North Carolina at a YMCA camp. We had a crowd of about 75 middle schoolers and there were 4 decisions. The media team joined us which was such a blessing.

Then on Wednesday we headed to Spartenberg, South Carolina where we played for the First Baptist Church youth group called The Hanger. This place was awesome. Micheal Tait from dc Talk and Plus One have played there before. The next day we ate lunch with some of the middle school and high school students and had a chance to talk to them.

Next we drove back to North Carolina and played at the Kraft Family YMCA. We played for a small group of middle schoolers. Despite the small crowd the concert and message were received very well and we had 9 decisions that day. It was very encouraging to talk to the kids. The next evening we had a concert at our host’s house for their neighborhood. It was a great opportunity to get people talking.

We are now in Virginia. Sunday night we played at the Norfolk Naval base. It was a smaller crowd but we were able to talk to most of the people that came and they were very thankful for us playing there.

Monday we were at Yorktown Coast Guard Academy all day. We played a teaser at lunch and then put on our whole show at a cookout in the evening. The chaplain told us that we drew the biggest turn out for an event in a long time. The troops seemed very encouraged by our passion. We had 7 decisions and got to talk to a lot of the guys. It was really neat playing for them since they are our peers. We had a lot of good conversations.

We now have 4 shows left. Something that you could please keep in your prayers is our vehicles. We’ve had a flat tire on our trailer and our minivan has had to be jumped numerous times. We are moving people towards God and Satan is obviously not happy. Please pray for our safety.

We hope all is well with everyone else and we will see you soon back in Indy!

God Bless,
Lindsey & The Band :-)

Mangofish Update

Greetings all,

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)

Film Team Update

The past two weeks seem like one day for me, but somehow, we have this film called “wreck”. After long days of shooting and long nights of editing (literally), our film has made its way to the big screen.

[Last night] was officially the FIRST short film outreach in the history of the Keynote Summer Project. We…showed 6 short films at Creekside Ministries in Fishers, IN tonight. There was an audience of 30 and we had one person receive Christ as her Savior!

The audience consisted mainly of Junior High and High School students and they were very responsive when Will and Marissa would ask questions about the film last played. To us, that was so relieving / encouraging / invigorating / uplifting / etc.

We will be making quests to Cincinnati on Thursday, Chicago on Saturday, and a few other places near Indy to show these short films to a variety of audiences. Please pray for our whole team that God would use us and speak through us as we set out on a mission with a new kind of ammunition.

… I will leave you with some of the comments we received from our Friday night premiere and tonight’s outreach:

  • “You have been given the gift of story-telling (like Jesus); keep using your God-given gifts”
  • “Really different, it caught my attention”
  • “Wreck was incredibly powerful. What a beautiful way to share the love of Christ”
  • “These films really opened my eyes. Thank you”

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