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.
In Connecticut they’re called potlucks, in Indiana they’re pitch-ins, and down south they’re covered dish dinners. But the result is the same: a plate full (and sometimes overflowing!) with a wonderful assortment of yummy morsels. That full plate also happens to be a fitting metaphor for the variety of responsibilities and activities I have in my life right now. Here are some of the “tasty” items that have been on my plate since I last wrote (not in any particular order):
Teaching a Program Development class (i.e., how to plan a concert program) to the program committees for the six summer project bands
Sending monthly emails to remind staff of training they still need to complete (it’s not as time-consuming as it sounds – the process is automated, thanks to my computer whiz teammate Mike)
Attending weekly meetings with the rest of the Staff Development team
Participating on the Senior Pastor Search Committee for my church, which includes meeting once or twice a week, reading resumes and references, listening to sermons, and planning & conducting preliminary interviews with candidates
Planning the class calendar for the summer, which includes classes for our summer project students, additional classes for the new staff who arrive before the students, and upper level classes for our senior staff to prepare them for summer project responsibilities
Making weekly phone calls to coach one of our new staff through her initial support raising time
Coordinating a small cell group at church (I’m the point person, but everyone in the group takes turns leading)
Attending weekly prayer & business meeting with all the Keynote staff
Participating on a committee to give input to Keynote’s Graphics Department as they revamp Keynote’s web site
Singing at church with the regular worship team and with a special small choir for Good Friday & Easter services
Recording training-related information in Keynote’s Human Resources database (for example., which training modules people want to be enrolled in and which ones they have finished)
Scheduling the four classes that make up our Office Track Module
Writing this prayer letter! :-)
And fun things, too, like attending a birthday dinner for my favorite 12-year-old, working on my hobby (my web site) and watching videos with friends :-)
Well, that’s what’s on my plate – what’s on yours? I can guess one item: your partnership with me in ministry! Thank you for keeping ME on your plate through your gifts and prayers!
Janiê Sucupira arrived from Brazil on Wednesday, February 9.In fact, she’s living with me! Honestly, I wondered if it would be too much of an adjustment to have a roommate again, since I’ve lived alone for almost nine years. But as I prayed it became clear to me that God gave me a home with extra space specifically to provide for friends like Janiê. And she has already been a blessing to me!
Since she can only stay for six months, she won’t be able to perform with a Keynote band, but will instead focus on completing Keynote Training and getting practical experience in many vital behind-the-scenes tasks.
Please pray that God will give us wisdom in how to best prepare her to start a music ministry in Brazil for Campus Crusade.