God Stories

Hope in the Slums of Nairobi [With Video]

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Hope in the Slums of Nairobi [With Video]

I was literally squatting in a pile of trash. Guitar in hand, I was resting beside our dusty silver “ministry van,” waiting to see if I would be asked to perform – good-sized speakers had been placed on the top of the vehicle, a discrete generator had been started nearby, and a local dance team was moving rhythmically over the garbage-strewn dirt road.  A small throng of onlookers had begun to form. “I’ve never had to say this before, but there’s no way I can ride here,” John, an experienced BMX stunt rider, held out a...

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When God Shows You Where to Turn

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When God Shows You Where to Turn

As I write this blog, I’m currently somewhere in the air between Dubai and Nairobi, operating on the four hours or so of sleep I’ve been able to grab for each of the past two nights. As you read this blog, I will probably be somewhere in Kenya, possibly in transit from one school, meeting, or festival to another. There will almost certainly be dust involved – a lot of it – and most likely some serious road issues.  Maybe even some livestock. We spend a lot of time in traveling through places that we’ve never...

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Kenya Update and Live Concert Highlights!

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Kenya Update and Live Concert Highlights!

It’s hard to believe that when we board a plane for Kenya in less than two weeks, it will mark FIVE YEARS of walking out this mission together with you – a mission to share the incredible message of Jesus with as many people as possible in every nation in the world! More than 20 nations. More than 95,000 reached. More than 10,000 decisions for Jesus. God has been using YOU to make an incredible difference.   We put together this short concert video from our recent festival in Mandalay, Myanmar to give you a tiny glimpse of the...

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Back to Africa & Darkness in Malawi

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Back to Africa & Darkness in Malawi

“Hello Mzuzu! In just a minute we’re going to welcome the band you’ve all been waiting for…” “Umm…” I felt an tap on my shoulder and turned from the crowd to face our beleaguered event organizer, “Actually, the band isn’t here yet… “But…” I moved the microphone away from my mouth, “Weren’t they supposed to be here, like, three hours ago?” “Yeah… but we’re gonna have to go with it – can you guys play right now?”...

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Courage in the Face of Arrest in Serbia

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Courage in the Face of Arrest in Serbia

I slid the chair out and sat down next to my daughter, making a real effort to smile and make eye contact with each of my new Serbian friends as I scooted my knees forward, brushing the crisp white tablecloth. “Thank you for the very good music!”  Our young translator, Misha, smiled widely and nodded to me as he spoke. “Thank you for having us, and for your kind words!” I found myself working hard to make sure I was being pleasant and sincere.  Our hosts were genuine, kind, and welcoming, but I was fighting fatigue – we had been...

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An Unexpected Response in Serbia

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An Unexpected Response in Serbia

“So how many are they expecting at this one?” Speed-walking through the hallway of the Serbian shopping mall, I shifted my guitar case in my hand and cocked my head to hear our guide’s response without slowing my pace. “They’ve been telling us to expect about 70 young people this afternoon.” “Awesome!  And we’re late, so we should have a full house waiting for us…” “Yes, we should hurry.” Moving quickly, we rounded the corner and practically knocked into our destination...

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Embarrassment in Croatia – Balkans 2017 Report

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Embarrassment in Croatia – Balkans 2017 Report

One of the first things that I had learned quickly on our trip through Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia was that there was still serious mistrust between the people of the three countries. Hundreds of bullet holes and bombed-out houses stood as grim reminders of the military conflict which had devastated the region only twenty years ago, and it was clear that there were still some deep country-wide wounds that had yet to heal. I was well aware of this as I stood to introduce myself to a small dinner-club crowd of nearly one hundred on a boat in...

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An Unprecedented Response: Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia 2017

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An Unprecedented Response: Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia 2017

“Are we ready yet?” “Ahh, not quite yet…”. I shook my head, not looking up to see who was asking, “We just need to… we’re gonna need just a few more minutes… I was hunched over an old soundboard and a tangle of cords in a dusty dirt courtyard in Serbia surrounded by a loose throng of children and young people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  My efforts to coax sound out of the system were proving unsuccessful – our team had rented the equipment a few days ago in Romania, and now I was kicking myself for not...

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Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia 2017

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Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia 2017

“And then I heard about the bombing…” “You mean the airport attack that was in the news?”  I shook my head at the small, well dressed Pakistani man seated next to me, “Seriously?” “Yes, that was the one.  And the news was saying that the bombers attended the mosque where a friend of mine was the Imam…” What?!? I shook my head again, momentarily at a loss for words. “So I called my friend, and told him what they were saying on the news.  I asked him ‘Did you know these men...

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Heat Exhaustion in Central America (Plus: Eastern Europe 2017)

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Heat Exhaustion in Central America (Plus: Eastern Europe 2017)

“Zach!  You’re supposed to be out there right now!” I jerked my head up violently from the chipped concrete floor and got a face-full of hot, damp air from a nearby oscillating fan. “Shoot,”  I shook my head again to clear it as I dragged myself to a standing position.  The temperature in Chicago when I had left a few days ago had been well below freezing, but here in Puntarenas, Costa Rica it was nearly one hundred degrees hotter and monstrously humid. I like to think of myself as a pretty strong guy, but the climate-shock during the first...

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