God Stories

End of Year Need and our Border Crossing Adventure

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End of Year Need and our Border Crossing Adventure

“Um, maybe just be careful, okay?” The voice came from one of the passengers seated near the back of our white 15 passenger van. The warning didn’t seem completely out of place, as we had been waiting to cross the Mexico/US border for nearly two hours in a line of cars surrounded by a swarm of merchants and needy individuals asking for money.  Last week we had squeaked into Mexico twenty-five minutes before the border had closed due to “Caravan-related” rioting. We had spent the week teaching a YWAM training class on international evangelism,...

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Thankful for YOU – How You Brought Hope to Pakistan in 2018

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Thankful for YOU – How You Brought Hope to Pakistan in 2018

“Is it over?” I asked the question as quietly as I could and did my best not to move my lips as I held my smile in place. “I’m not sure…” It was 5 AM in Nashville, Tennessee, and several of us were crowded onto a small stage smiling hopefully into a laptop screen.  An iPad on a stand nearby showed a grainy video feed of a crowd of people sitting on low benches in a small cement building in Hyderabad, Pakistan. The feed was delayed by nearly 20 seconds, which was why I wasn’t sure if the event had ended, and I was speaking quietly because I...

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From Nashville to Pakistan….

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From Nashville to Pakistan….

Pakistan… For the last several months this beautiful, beleaguered country has been on and off of our calendar – in response to an impassioned request from local Christian leaders, On the Go Ministries had been planning several training events and small outreaches in the cities of Karachi and Hyderabad, and our entire team was thrilled at the prospect of reaching the people of Pakistan with the love of Jesus. And then we were hit with some deeply discouraging news;  due to dangerously high levels of unrest, we wouldn’t be...

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Ticket-less in Tanzania…

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Ticket-less in Tanzania…

“Well?” I glanced up, “Any word on the ticket?” My daughter Sierra shrugged and shook her head as she flopped down onto the cracked plastic chair beside me. “I think they’re still working on it – I don’t know” “Geez,” I glanced down at my watch, “We’re supposed to take off in like 45 minutes…” We had just finished our first week-long overseas festival – a week-long event in rural Tanzania, Africa – along with our young family and our entire band.  We had shared the love and message of Jesus with more than 10,000 people in a...

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The Night We Needed a Miracle… Again

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The Night We Needed a Miracle… Again

“God, please help this to work…” It didn’t feel like a faith-filled prayer, it felt like what it was:  a frantic last-ditch effort prayer – a desperate, “I don’t know what to do if this doesn’t work” prayer muttered under my breath as my tensed fingers moved from the IPad screen to the brightly illuminated “main power” switch of our sound system. The system had frozen five minutes before the scheduled start of a Fellowship of Christian Athletes “Fields of Faith” event in Rock Falls, Illinois. That had been fifteen minutes ago, and now...

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Face to Face with Crippling Performance Anxiety (Zach’s Backstory)

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Face to Face with Crippling Performance Anxiety (Zach’s Backstory)

“God, please… just help me.” I could feel the thin, industrial grade carpet even through the knees of my jeans, and it felt worse against the bare skin of my palms – raspy and unforgiving. I was kneeling by myself in the deserted upper hallway of a lecture building at Northwestern University and actually physically shaking.  Badly. I had been shaking uncontrollably all day – through classes, through lunch, and finally through a dinner that I had barely been able to touch. In less than an hour, I was scheduled to head downstairs...

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When Justin Bieber Shows Up at Your Event (Seriously…)

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When Justin Bieber Shows Up at Your Event (Seriously…)

“Are you serious?” I was staring at my friend Louie with undisguised shock. “Yeah man, he just showed up yesterday…” Louie absently tucked a flyaway portion of his long hair behind his ear and adjusted his “Monster Energy Drink” hat. As a prominent young BMX pro-rider, he held himself with the kind of un-self-conscious “cool” factor that the rest of us usually try (and fail) to emulate. “I guess His future father-in-law, Stephen Baldwin, was here for a bit and Justin Bieber showed up to hang out with him,” he shrugged, “he seemed like a...

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Powerless in the Midwest

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Powerless in the Midwest

“So this is the generator?” “Yeah, this is it.” I glanced sideways at my friend Josh Brewer and went quiet for a moment.  He raised his eyebrows and shrugged. We both looked back at the white, trailer-sized piece of equipment and were quiet for another moment. The generator also remained quiet. I wiped a bead of sweat from my forehead with the edge of my damp forearm. “So it’s not working yet, huh?” “Nope.  They’re still working on it, and I’m not sure they know what the problem is.” He nodded to the side of the unit where two...

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We Had No Idea How Much This Would Affect Us…

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We Had No Idea How Much This Would Affect Us…

Several weeks ago, I woke up in a dark hotel room on the small island of San Pedro Belize. The sun had just risen above the horizon, but the fiercely vibrating window-mounted air conditioner was already showing signs of losing its battle with the 100 degree heat and 95% humidity outside. It was Monday morning – Saturday we had finished a show in Western Iowa, driven several hours to the nearest airport, slept for less than two hours, and boarded an airplane.  After traveling on two planes, a worn-looking 80’s-era taxi, and an ocean...

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When You Just Can’t Keep it Together

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When You Just Can’t Keep it Together

“Hey man, check this out!” My friend Josh Brewer shook my hand and pulled me in for a hug.  Josh is built like a Division One running back, so it was a bit like hugging a wall.  With arms. “Seriously,” he broke away excitedly, “so we had this meeting with a bunch of the churches in the city last night and it was AWESOME – apparently like thirty years ago they used to have tent revival meetings here every year, and they see this festival as an answer to prayer – like it might be God’s way of reaching the city again for Jesus.”...

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