Wednesday, July 27, 2005

On Sabbatical - Refreshed & New Songs

Dear Friends,

I know that it has been a very long time since you have had an update. Thanks for all your prayer, support and communication over this last year.

I had a short, but great time to catch up with friends and family over the 4th of July, and then departed on July 5th for a long-awaited sabbatical for four weeks to write and rest here in Otavalo, Ecuador.

I have a week left and God has been so gracious to make this time both restful and productive. I am sorry to say that while many of you in America have been suffering through the summer’s sweltering heat, the temps here have been absolutely incredible – a cool eighty degrees, breezy, crisp days, and mostly clear skies. The views of the Andes Mountains are spectacular bringing me inspiration on many fronts.

I have written new music – four new songs is the count at the moment. I have also worked on and about completed a book that I have been writing and hope to release at some point this year if it is the Lord’s will.

The fall tour is coming together quickly, and I am looking forward to seeing many of you again and some of you that I haven’t seen in a very long time. Pray with me as the prospect of heading to a forward deployment or two in some very hot places is looking better and better. This will be great ministry opportunity. Also keep posted for January as I am planning on doing a three-day live session recording in Greenville in preparation to release my 10 year Live Album of favorite songs and stories called “Acoustic Graffiti.” This is an invitation for your presence for the session in a live venue for one or all of the three days. More details in the coming months!

For now, I must go. I’m out in the mountains horse-back riding today. Maybe I’ll be inspired! Thanks again for staying in touch.

Pack light, and don’t forget your passport!