Tonight at Shandon Methodist in Columbia, South Carolina, our choir gave the first concert to kick off our mission tour. The Holy Spirit was truly present as we worshipped together with friends from our community and sang praises to our Lord. The theme of the evening–we are not alone, God is with us–came alive and filled the beautiful sanctuary through the words of songs, the recitation of scripture, and the prayers of the people. This worship service was an encouragement to us as we make final preparations for the mission trip we have been planning for since early 2014. It was a privilege and a joy to have the opportunity to sing with our friends and prayer partners one last time before we leave.
The U.K. portion of our trip officially begins this coming weekend with our first two concerts on Sunday, September 4th in Airdrie and St. Andrews in Scotland. As you go through this week we covet your prayers for our safety, but more than that, pray that we will be effective ambassadors of the light of Jesus Christ in this dark world. Pray for us to be bold witnesses of our faith, and that everyone we meet will be influenced by the hope we possess in Christ. Let the words we sing ring true in the way we live: “In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song.”
Thank you for all the ways you have supported us already!
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls .” I Peter 1:3-9