P12 Mission Tour- Glenn’s Part 1

Day One-So we got out a tad late (what else is new:)?) but all are in the Spirit. And what an amazing little thing God did… I decided we should stop for gas for all 3 vans in Indiana as it’s a lot cheaper to fill up there, so we did.There was a sign for the station I wanted, we pulled off the freeway, there were not one but 2 stations of the same brand on both sides but I was already in the left lane so went to the older one.Normally I’d have gotten way off to the right as the newer one had more bathrooms, and when traveling with 28 people you need to think of such things.But nobody seemed concerned and we all were fine- and even better when we realized we’d stopped at what had to be the only gas station in North American doing a free pizza day!Let’s just say they had to cook more fast… but did and all were quite happy as we continued south through Indiana toward Kentucky.Most of our stops this trip are places I’ve been with leaders I’ve known for quite a while. Good folks who really love Jesus and care about ministry, about serving people with biblical integrity.A couple will be new folks/ministries to me, but Ami knows them and has done shows with them before.It’s always a blast to see what God is doing among other Christ-followers around the nation and world. It’s also excellent to serve alongside those who really love Him and care about other’s needs getting met.So far I’ve personally enjoyed good testimony-sharing with one of the bros., and in fact he does the cell phone communicating for us, and does it well.Check this out- GKB will tour part of Scandinavia, then myself and Wendi will travel on to Germany doing a week-long arts camp, then another longtime promoter friend asked if I could stay another week for several shows and a regional tv show and interview.We had decided we’d do it and he phoned while I was driving so Micah took the call. The interesting part is our German bro. speaks quite good but sometimes limited English, while Micah lived in Germany for a few years and was able to have the conversation largely in German regarding all this.What are the odds of both free pizza and a fluent German booking conversation in the space of an hour? God does what He does, and He does all things well!A long drive to Morehead but we got there safe and sound, plenty of floor space to sleep and even wifi. Nice.Day Two-We had gone to New Orleans for Katrina relief work for several years running and had figured to do the same as part of this year’s mission trip.It was strange but all of us had the sense we should stay further north for each stop this year… and still wondered, though God opened doors in each place.About 4 days prior to getting to Morehead the rain fell hard, rivers, creeks and lakes rose and in several places all around the area flooding fairly wiped a lot of people’s belongings out. So many are pretty poor and certainly have no flood insurance as it has been rare for such devastation to come to these parts. But God knew where we needed to be to help clear houses, mobile homes, stores and a church from a great deal of mud, rubble and destroyed carpeting, etc.. That is what we began doing today, and will do for several more hours in and around Farmers, KY.Writing after the show, which was kindly received at Morehead U. Methodist Church, we then had great sleep and were very thankful for it!Day Three-More work in Farmers, then wonderful showers, photos with the local newpaper photographer, prayer with our kind hosts, then we packed and drove to Berea, KY where we met more great folks at the Baptist Campus Ministries.Day Four through Six!Tonight’s production is outside their ministry center. A small team went out in the town letting people know about the evening which will include open mic time.As I type others are setting up in the parking lot which is next to the ministry house and church, bordered by the police station. We asked and they were nice enough to allow us to do the show outside, so we’ve moved sound gear, couches and chairs from inside to outside.Tomorrow we will make a long drive to Charlottesville, VA for a show the following night.But it turns out our friends here at the Baptist church are doing an all-day outdoor music fundraiser for a missions trip and have asked us to play a set for them prior to leaving for Virginia. We will try to do that early on, then hit the road.After Charlottesville we’ll take another long drive to visit our friends at Hebron Center (intense, wonderful substance abuse rehab ministry) at Camp Hunt near Bloomington, IN.God is keeping us busy indeed, but it has really been good!Wow, very nice turnout last night for the show, and at the end as darkness came, and we had no lights, we pulled a van up and spotlighted each performer. Music, poetry and a number of local folks brought songs out as well. P12ers did a great job from songs to poetry, skits, sharing a bit here and there… very cool!This morning all were a bit too fried to do the set for our friends, and it turned out to be quite a long drive through West Virginia on to Charlottesville, VA where I post this from now.We all slept quite late, then after breakfast met together and had a lengthy Sun. church service amongst ourselves in a local park. Just a tad breezy cold, but nice warm sun outdoors today.Many P12ers shared from the Word, personal confession, some testimony and staff also shared encouragements and input. Just a really sweet meeting along with singing and prayers. A lot of Scripture quoted.Then lunch and fanning out to let people know the team will do an open mic night at the most cool used bookshop stage tonight (Random Row Books) as per my earlier post here.Friends who run it fellowshipped with us at JPUSA in Chicago for many years and are just as sweet as can be.So Curt and I found the local coffee shop for wifi and posting. Those of us driving will try to get good sleep as we leave early for the longest drive of the trip, on to our friends at Hebron Center in Indiana.Pics are posted at http://www.project12.usThanks so much for your kind prayers! I will post more from Hebron toward the end of the week. -Glenn

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