Equipping musicians for missionary service
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1-615-477-3525

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  • We enjoyed an awesome time of teaching with the guys today. We were considering the role of scripture in our worship services.

  • IT WAS AWESOME!!! We had lots of people dancing and singing the songs that they knew.

  • As our time in Belize wrapped up a number of people asked me what impacted me most, what stuck with me after all we had done and experienced. Each time I had the same instantaneous visual fill my mind. It was a beautiful internal collage of the people. Everything else fades into a hazy background that supports the central subject, the men, women, and children of the villages of Santa Teresa and Colombia. Their joy, their strength, their hospitality and gratitude are the memories that I'll cherish most. No doubt we have had a long term impact by providing the training and instruments that will ...

  • The Church, your church, is made up of a group of different and unique individuals.  Each with their own gifts and abilities. Each with their own part to play in the makeup of the body of Christ.  But let's not forget that the body of Christ is not just made of your local congregation.  It includes believers from all over that make up "The Church". And each church, even within the same denomination, does things a little bit differently.

  • At about 8:16 this morning we took a left turn off the pavement onto what could only be described as  an off the beaten path gravel and mud backwoods country road. We had gone about 9 miles West of the seaside town of Punta Gorda to reach this turn and it took us about 10 minutes. We were making good time by any standard. The next 7 miles or so clicked off at an excruciating pace of 1 hour as we bounced, dipped, and splashed our way to Santa Teresa. The rain was steady, the road was muddy, and the guitars were safely tucked in a small Toyota crew cab with four grown men. To us it was the begin...

  • Down Down Up, Down Down Up....the rhythm is gonna getchya. Saturday in Santa Theresa village was a LOT dryer than Friday's rain soaked journey and experience. We got going a bit earlier, said a quick howdy with Charlie Joe to our innkeeper Duwane, snagged a killer breakfast of coffee, eggs and fry jacks (a fried slightly sweetened bread you dip in maple syrup--yep, they're gooooood!) and we were on our way to the jungle again.

  • I, IV, V--for the non-musical readers among us, those would be the named numerical identities of the 3 main chords used in a Western Music Major key: the 1 chord (the key you're playing in/ the dominant tonal center) and the 4th and 5th chord of the scale progression. Honestly it's not deep theory, it's not overly complicated; but when it's explained to a young musician and they "get it" it actually is a bit of an "of course!!" kind of moment. But...somebody has to teach it, show it, explain it, play it for that moment to ever arrive. Without the clarity from the theory, the ear will often div...