Music is a unique and powerful medium of communication. When Spirit-filled musicians express God’s unchanging truth through the music of the culture, God uses it to change lives. That was evident in the email updates the Keynote Summer Project bands sent to each other (and those of us who stayed home) during their tours. Here are two of the more striking stories they shared.
Proof of Purchase led 430 teenagers in worship twice a day at a conference run by Student Venture, Campus Crusade’s high school ministry. Band member Christy wrote:
It’s hard to put into words, but God was there in a powerful way. Looking out over the crowd we saw kids dancing, weeping, shouting, lifting their hands, jumping up and down, kneeling before the stage, and just totally lost in their Jesus…After we were done many kids began coming up to us and telling us how much our leading had meant to them. One girl told Kristen the worship had changed her life…
Captain Oblivious went to Sydney, Australia, where they presented the gospel in high schools. The local Campus Crusade staff organized a 24-hour prayer chain that ran though the entire tour. God answered their prayers in a dramatic way: in 10 days the band performed 18 concerts for more than 2700 people; 279 wanted to talk to someone about God, and 271 indicated decisions for Christ!
Personally, the most memorable part of the project was working with the band from Kazakhstan called Osoboe Mneniye (which means “Minority Report” or “Special Opinion”). I helped coach them in stage communication and got to know them (especially the two women) as friends. Itâ€™s incredibly rewarding to know that their time with Keynote increased both their confidence and their vision for using music to reach their culture for Christ!
Thank you for helping to change lives this summer through your partnership with me!
It’s the second full week of our Keynote Summer Project, and things are really hopping! Please pray that God would give me wisdom in my coaching responsibilities.
Teacher Coaching: During morning classes I make note of what the teachers are doing well and where they can improve; I’ll later share these thoughts with them.
Communication Coaching: Each afternoon I observe staff coaching students in communication; then it’s my turn to coach the team from Kazakhstan. It’s a joy to work with them and help them sharpen their public speaking skills.
That’s the title of a great article in the May issue of Christianity Today. It’s subtitle is "The unknown story of how John Paul II ushered Campus Crusade into Catholic Poland." You can read the article on the magazine’s web site at this link: "The Pope We Never Knew."
Last month I told you about my job responsibilities, so this month I want to give you more of a “big picture” view of Keynote. Below are Keynote’s Mission and Values; one of those values (Worldwide) is highlighted further down.
Keynote’s Mission Statement: Partnering with strategic ministries to communicate God’s love through music and the performing arts.
Keynote’s Ministry Values:
Authentic – sharing compelling stories relating to real life that effectively reach audiences.
Dynamic – being flexible enough to adapt to cultural change and go where God is moving.
Catalytic – using our uniqueness to build strategic partnerships that help build spiritual movements.
Worldwide – partnering with ministries around the globe to help accelerate their work.
Life Change – seeing God change the lives of our audiences and our staff.