Getting ready for Musical Mission Team 2009

Tim and I are excited about traveling with BJU’s Musical Mission Team in Europe this summer. We served with the team last summer, and the ministry was so exciting that we decided to go back again. As a musician, I love using music to proclaim the truth of God’s word.

The team leaves for Europe on May 27, but the preparation started a long time ago. There are so many details, and I’m not even involved in most of the decisions! We meet each Tuesday and Thursday night to rehearse our music. On Wednesday evenings we travel to local churches for deputation meetings. We sing a few songs, report on last year’s ministry, and ask the people to pray for this coming year. It’s neat to see team unity grow as we spend time in the rehearsals and meetings.

This past Sunday we sang at a church in Atlanta. It was the first time that we got to sing more than one or two songs, and I think it was a big step in team unity. The pre-service prayer meetings really help, too. And I’m sure the traditional post-service trips to Sonic don’t hurt!

This mission team really needs your prayer. We can sing our hearts out, but God is the one who touches people’s souls. It’s the Gospel that saves. So please pray for us. Pray for the details, our health and safety, and that we’ll be able to raise the money that we need. But most of all pray that God will be glorified. Pray that we will be bold to give the Gospel. Pray that people will be saved as a result of our ministry.

In addition to praying, check out the official team website. Watch the video about the team’s history here or here or below. There’s also an MMT Facebook group. If you want to keep up with our activities, be sure to sign up for the team newsletter (at the bottom of the homepage).


Musical Mission Team Video

Here is a video introduction to the Musical Mission Team that Ashley and I put together a few weeks ago.



Musical Mission Team 2008

Musical Mission Team 2008

We’ll be ministering in Europe for nine weeks this summer with BJU’s Musical Mission Team. The exact itinerary is still uncertain, but we’ll be in Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, and possibly a few other countries.

The team consists of about 30 members, including the choir, pianist, brass players, and 4 faculty sponsors.
We’ll give nearly 100 concerts, each one including a gospel message. Many of the choral numbers (all sacred) will be given in the local language, and the messages will be presented with the help of an interpreter.
You might be wondering about the value of sending 30 people to sing their way through Europe. Unlike the in U.S., over there a foreign choir (especially an American choir) draws a crowd. In many cases, our team is part of the largest evangelistic outreach a church will have in a given year.
Please pray for us regularly. Although prayer is in many ways a mystery, we believe that God acts in concert with the prayers of His people. Here are some specific things for which you can pray:
  • For us and the rest of the team as we prepare, both physically and spiritually
  • For those to whom we will minister, that God will prepare their hearts for the ready receipt of the Gospel
  • For transportation details yet-to-be-worked-out. As you might imagine, it is a logistical challenge to move 30 people through Europe as inexpensively as possible
  • For the churches who are preparing for our visits and inviting unsaved folks to come hear us
  • For financial provision for all involved

We got married

We got married. Did I forget to mention that earlier? We've been kind of busy. (No, I'm not bored. That absent exclamation point was intentional. It's called dramatic understatement!)

It goes without saying (or at least it should) that marriage is great, and we count it a wonderful gift from God. Psalm 118:23 says, "This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes." The Psalmist isn't talking about marriage, but we think it reflects our thinking very accurately, and we printed it on the wedding program.

The pictures just came back from the photographer, so we'll try to post a gallery soon. In the meantime, we'd love to hear from you.


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Summer 2005

 Tim spent several weeks in Illinois following graduation, where spent time with his family, worked on computers, and participated in Jason & Candy's wedding.

Ashley finished her class shortly after he returned to Greenville. Ashley's working for Dr. Hankins at the Seminary and Tim is coordinating the Institute of Biblical Education.

We've also been busy looking for a place to live. The plan right now is to find a duplex. We'll live in one side and rent out the other. We're investigating several possible options.

As you might expect, planning our upcoming wedding has occupied a considerable amount of time and energy as well. Among other things, we've been working on a gift registry. You can find it at any Walmart store, or online on their website. We've also registered for a few things at JCPenney.


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Senior Recital, Engagement

 On December 2nd, Ashley had her senior piano recital. Tim thinks she was awesome.

On December 16th, Tim and Ashley left for their homes in Illinois and Alabama, respectively.


 But on December 30th, Tim picked her up at the airport in a limo with a ring in his pocket! He didn't give it to her. Not right away. It took him a couple of minutes. At least five. But it didn't take her five minutes to answer. She even said yes!

We're pretty happy.

No date yet, but we'll keep you posted. (see more in "wedding")


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