last update from POP 2008

Greetings !
This is Lantie, giving the final update on Proof of Purchase’s 2008 summer tour.  We led worship for the youth group at Harbor Shores Church in Indiana.  Steve, the youth pastor at Harbor Shores, said that some of the kids were deep in worship, and oblivious to their surroundings.  One person responded on a comment card that he/she had never heard the story of the Prodigal Son as Casey told it.  Another said that they were helped into worship.  Our last show was at a Sunday morning service at Lifepointe Church, also in Indiana.  Several people who had gone through depression said that Jodi’s story really resounded with them, and the message gave them hope.  Thanks to all for the prayers.

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.

Proof of Purchase Travels

This is Jordan again with PoP on the road. Wednesday afternoon we attended a cookout with the youth of Grace Missionary Church in Celina, OH. We had a blast just getting to know the kids, playing volleyball, and swimming in the pond. After eating some hot dogs and getting dominated at foursquare, we headed to the church to prepare to lead worship. The event itself was well attended, with between 30 and 50 of the youth making it to the church to join us. It was really fun to see so many young people lifting their hands in genuine praise and dancing in the aisles. After the music was over the youth and adults alike were eager to talk to us, and doors to many meaningful spiritual conversations were opened.

Lantie with PoP here in Marysville, Ohio. Thursday night we played two shows at the county fair in a tent sponsored by a local church. We were informed that the local community is very rooted in tradition, as opposed to a real relationship with Christ. As expected at a fair, the audience trickled in and out of the tent, while other passers-by paused outside of the tent. Jordan recalls that while Casey was sharing his story on stage, the kids playing mini-golf next to the tent stopped to listen. Several comment cards were particularly encouraging. One woman wrote that she had not been to church for months, and raised her hand in worship for the first time that night. Another wrote that she was deeply touched by the testimonies.

(Jordan again) Last night was another blessed night for us. We decided to make both shows more like concerts in an effort to bring in people to hear our gospel presentation. The tent we played in was a great location for us because it was very near the entrance to the fairgrounds. After the tractor pull hundreds of fair-goers passed by, and many stopped in to listen to our music. After our last show, we got to meet a family of five who had listened to the entire concert. Upon hearing Jodi’s presentation of the Gospel, Charity and Sandra, the two daughters of the family, both prayed to receive Christ! Brian, the pastor of Heritage Church (who owned the tent we were in) also informed us that our music gave him invaluable opportunities to speak with local people from the community and invite them to become part of the church family.

Please continue to pray for our mission, our travels, and our health!

Proof of Purchase Underway

Our first gig was a great success, although perhaps in a different way than any of us were expecting. Proof of Purchase was invited … to lead worship for a backyard gathering. The event was for the students, faculty, and families of a Christian school that had just split into two separate schools due to a conflict of philosophies. The evening opened with games and a delicious potluck, and our worship set followed. At first we were surprised that many people opted to just sit and talk rather than worship with us. However, after everyone had gone home, Peggy [their host] explained the situation to us. Many people, students and adults alike, were seeing each other for the first time since the split. They were spending the evening catching up with each other, and many of them commented that our music was a welcome blessing to listen to while they talked.

As I write this, we are on our way back from our second gig in Holland, Michigan. This weekend we were invited to Ridge Point Community Church to be guest worship leaders at four services, one Saturday night and three more Sunday morning. Although Ridge Point is a large church, we felt as if we were welcome brothers and sisters there. It was both exciting and a little frightening to lead worship for so many people (over 2000 all told), but God allowed all four services to go extremely well. We had the opportunity to talk to many members of the church after each service, and were blessed to hear how our music and enthusiastic worship had allowed them to draw nearer to the Lord.

If you are interested in seeing us in action at Ridge Point, the service was recorded and will be posted online at the church’s website by the 23rd. Please be praying for Proof of Purchase as we follow where God has prepared on this tour!

Your brother,

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