The past 5 1/2 months of my life have been a crazy ride! I couldn't have predicted it, I couldn't have planned for it and I certainly couldn't have imagined how much my life would change.
It all started in August 2011 with an e-mail forward from a dear friend about a music ministry/creative arts program called Thunder School in Nashville, Tennessee. Immediately I knew it was the answer to my prayers. For some time I had known in my spirit that the Lord was asking me to jump into a life of music and ministry, but I knew I needed the right kind of training. Just a few weeks later I got accepted into the program. On September 11, I set foot on the campus of Provision International located in the heart of inner-city Nashville, Tennessee. The intensive three month program included music training, teaching, outreach experience, evangelism training and inner healing. Woah....what a roller coaster! Sometimes exhilarating, sometimes frightening but surely one of the most life changing rides of my life. I graduated on December 11 and headed home for a much needed break and visit with family and friends.
On January 10, I packed up my car and headed back to Nashville for a year long commitment as an intern for the Provision International ministry and missionary to the inner-city area where we live. Life here is a far cry from the security and comfort of home, but I know for sure it is where I am supposed to be. I’m growing here in deeply meaningful ways.
Here’s a brief description of the three main components to my work here…
1. Work for Provision International
-My first big project is to promote the five "musicinanaries" (musicians + missionaries) who are ready to be launched this year. I’ve been writing bios, lining up photo shoots and producing Q&A videos for their websites. I’m enjoying sowing into my friends here and supporting this Kingdom mission that I too feel called to.
-I am the new Thunder Communications person, which means I’ll be handling all the applications and questions that come in for Thunder Camp and Thunder School 2012.
2. Service & Outreach
-Every Thursday we host Meal of Hope to serve the homeless and needy of Nashville. I am one of the volunteer coordinators, which means every other week I coordinate the logistics of the meal, train volunteers and make sure the event runs smoothly.
-Almost every Saturday our team goes on outreach excursions in and around the city. Outreach locations include inner-city neighborhoods, nursing homes, drug rehab facilities and River Bend Maximum Security Prison
-The last friday of every month we receive a HUGE food donation and are able to give away free bread, produce and miscellaneous items to families in need. It’s such a joy to be able to help people in a practical way!
3. Creative time/Worship
-I co-lead one of the intern worship teams that play here every Friday Night.
-I'm super happy to report that a new season of songwriting seems to be upon me. I had the opportunity to write with Pastor Scott the other week, co-wrote a song with one of the girls on my worship team and have started writing during my free time as well. Pastor Scott has really encouraged me to focus on songwriting this year in preparation for my next steps (whatever they turn out to be). I couldn't agree more and am happy to press on.
Life is busy, busy, busy but very meaningful. I am grateful for all the experiences and opportunities I have to grow and serve here. It has been a leap of faith, but God has been more than faithful to me so far. To continue on, I will be needing financial assistance starting in March. If you feel called to sow into my ministry and work here, please consider a one time or monthly gift. Contributions are tax deductible and are being collected through my home congregation,
Grace Covenant Church
3337 Emmaus Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Checks can be made payable to GCC with my name in the memo line so they know how to distribute the funds. Thank you so much for your prayers and support!