We recently returned from our summer tour of the Midwest and we have tons of pictures and stories to share! But first I would like to thank everyone who supported us … by feeding us, housing us, blessing us financially, and most importantly by praying for us. We were so grateful to be prayed for, blessed, and ‘sent’ by two local churches here in Charlottesville before we started our journey across the country. What a gift of strength from the Body of Christ! We truly felt carried and sustained by your prayers.
We toured for 10 days leading worship, giving concerts, and working with community & church musicians. It was our joy to pour ourselves out in ministry in this way, giving our first fruits to encourage and connect with people for the sake of the Kingdom. In addition to leading worship & giving concerts, we were able to devote an entire day to record several songs as a band (acoustic) and shoot a music video to an old hymn (soon to be published & released). Even though we worked very hard every day of this tour, we managed to have tons of fun!
One of my favorite testimonies from this tour is how obvious it was that the Lord went ahead of us and prepared the way. He prepared every heart and every venue, he even formed us and fashioned us as a band, giving us moments of deep ministry one-to-another. I couldn’t have asked for a better touring band of beautiful, humble, servant hearts (not to mention their mad skills!!): Tucker MacDonald (acoustic, electric, vox), Michael Coleman
(acoustic, bass, vox), Jessie Gonzalez (drums), Anna Lou Bernstein (keys, bells, photography), and Matt Bernstein (sound, photography, videography, recording engineer).
I was pleased to have Tucker MacDonald (from the band Dillingham) open for several of our shows. Tucker writes and produces independently and also directs the worship arts ministry at a local church. He just released his first self titled EP on iTunes
. Please check out his work!
The next blog post will show pictures from the various venues and days of our journey. For now, here is a photo of us packed into our fifteen passenger van as we began our tour!From left to right: Michael, Tucker, Matt, Anna Lou, Julie, & Jessie in the blue van