- I'm playing on a lot of military bases. I have always had a heart for US Military. My dad was an Army man, and he formed a deep respect in us from a young age. The most recent stats show that 22 veterans commit suicide each day. There's a lot of darkness that needs the hope of the Gospel spoken into it. So I'm going to speak and sing some hope toward the hearts of military, their spouses, and their children. Please pray for the hope of the Gospel to reach their hearts.
- I'll also be playing in a few churches. Churches in Europe tend to be much smaller than in the states. At most churches, even the pastor is bi-vocational. He has to work another job to pay the bills, and he pastors as his passion. I want to speak an encouraging word to these churches. I want to remind them that they are not alone in this, that the Kingdom of God is being advanced through their efforts.
- And let's be honest: it's Europe. C'mon.
My friend Lindsay asked if she could pray over me about the tour. As we stood in the church sanctuary, my fingers gripping the fabric back of the seats on the last row, she began to talk to God about the needs I shared with her.
I mentioned the ministry opportunities, of course. I told her of the hectic travel schedule -- how I'd be sleeping on trains and in airports and stranger's homes. She knew I contracted meningitis during my last tour of Europe, and that there are some natural fears about life-threatening illnesses. But I also mentioned that I spent more than $3,000 to make this tour happen, and that most of the churches and bases have no means to pay me or no idea what they could pay me if they are able to come up with something.
Because the thing that needed to happen to give me peace about the finances? It already happened 2,000 years ago. What “needed to happen” for me to have peace was Christ's resurrection, God's adoption of me. Surely He will provide for me. He always has.