Thank you for praying for Keynote’s partnership with the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry in Jamaica. In January a team of Keynote staff led worship at the Jamaican campus ministry’s winter conference. They also taught a seminar, joined in a community outreach and served in other ways to help make the conference a success. Of the 27 students attending, 13 made commitments to serve the Lord for a full year following graduation!
A week and a half ago, I was doing a load of laundry. I put in the clothes and soap, and turned on the washer; it filled up with cold water, and then…did nothing. Except hum, that is. No agitation, no draining, no rinsing, no spinning — just humming. This had happened a few times before, and a repairman had taught me a really high-tech fix: jiggle the control knob, and turn it off and back on. (I told you it was high-tech!!) So I promptly jiggled the knob and turned it off and on — over and over and over and over again. (I can be VERY persistent.) And still nothing but humming.
I finally took the wet, soapy clothes to some friends’ house to finish laundering, all the while wondering how much money it would cost for a new washer, and how much time it would take to hunt down a good deal.
The next evening at my church cell group, I asked for prayer about replacing the washer. My friend Sherry suddenly said, “I think my sister has an extra washer and dryer!” Sherry’s sister had moved to a new house a while ago with washer & dryer in tow, only to find a set left behind by the previous homeowners. So to make a long story short, I now have not only a working washer in my basement, but a newer dryer, too!
My immensely talented friend Susan, a scholar/ singer/ songwriter/ philosopher, would undoubtedly find an insightful spiritual analogy in all this. Alas, my thoughts tend toward the more concrete and mundane, so I’ll just leave you with this (perhaps rather obvious!) scripture:
“…your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:8, NASB
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.
That God would cut through the red tape that’s holding up Janiê’s visa
For wisdom for those of us planning Janiê’s training.
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.