Friday, April 29, 2005

Europe 2005


Things are going well and very busy on this tour. I have been here just short of two weeks and have played nearly every day and often more than once. I started in Garmisch in southern Germany in Bavaria and then went on to Stuttgart where I did concerts and a youth program and reunited with many friends from past tours.

I am in Belgium now having just left the Netherlands yesterday and fighting a bad sinus cold. I have lost my voice and am supposed to do a concert tonight. I have no idea how it is going to go, but I will trust that Lord that His purposes for ministry will prevail.

I fly to Italy on Monday and will have a day off somewhere in there to rest a little. Please pray that I can keep my health in good condition and rest well everywhere I go. In between concerts is when there has been a lot of incredible ministry time with folks that I meet that are in the service, families of servicemen and women and chaplains. It is such an honor to serve in this capacity.

Stay in touch.

Pack light, and don't forget your passport!


Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Ready - Steady . . . GO!


Spring has sprung, and it seems time has not even allowed me to hardly even take a breath, and I am off again! So – c’mon with me on this next trip as I return to Europe April 17th under an Army Contract to minister to our troops and families along-side our dedicated Army Chaplain Corps.

I will be gone touring eight weeks with the Army to every Area Support Group (ASG) in Europe. It will be great meeting new people and re-uniting with old friends throughout my time. Please check out the new itinerary posted on the Tour Dates link. I will be at bases in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Italy.

Yes – I did thaw out after returning from Alaska, but hit the ground running with spring preparations and engagements. Among some House Concerts hosted locally, I returned for my fifth year to University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown, PA where my great friend Jim Gay is campus minister. It was a wonderful time with the students in concert, one-on-one, and in teaching sessions.

I also just returned this week from speaking at a youth retreat at Bonclarken in Flat Rock, NC with 1st ARP of Gastonia where my buddy Alex Pettett – Citadel Class of ’96 – is youth pastor. We looked at “Knowing Him” - a topic which has deeply challenged me in recent weeks. I left for Summerville, SC on Sunday and played at Bethany United Methodist Church that evening and had a wonderful time with my new friends there.

As Summer approaches and the colors and blossoms of Spring announce warmer days, I will leave my beloved South Carolina and all my friends once again. I covet your prayers as I travel and ask that you pray that God be glorified in my role in ministering the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the teaching of His Word and the encouragement brought through my songs.

Let’s GO!

Pack light, and don’t forget your passport!