God Stories

The Ex-Thief that Changed an Island

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The Ex-Thief that Changed an Island

“I had gotten so good at stealing that I was soon one of the richest men men in the town.” “That’s incredible…” I leaned back in my chair and put my spoon onto my plate, letting it rest beside a generous portion of spicy eggs and flatbread, “You got that much money just from stealing?” Our team was sharing a late breakfast with a local pastor in the bustling downtown district of San Pedro Island, Belize.  The tin roof and thatched walls of the tiny restaurant were shielding us from the direct sunlight...

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Miscommunication in San Pedro

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Miscommunication in San Pedro

The sky was darkening quickly as the last glow of the sun faded over the high fence on my right. I heard a gull cry as it circled high above the gritty sand of the soccer stadium and dimly remembered that I had been excited this morning when someone had told me that the ocean was directly beyond the fence. But I quickly pushed the memory aside – right now I had a problem to solve. Moving quickly from one amplifier to another on the stage, I was fiddling with knobs in a vain effort to help fix the distortion we had been struggling with...

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Quick Report of a Miraculous Response in America

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Quick Report of a Miraculous Response in America

I had been feeling it the whole week. Like a thrum of electricity that I could somehow sense, but couldn’t exactly say why, I just had a SENSE. A sense that God was wanting to do something extraordinary in the lives of the hundreds of young student athletes at the 2017 FCA Iowa Sports Camp. I had been asking for prayer from you - my friends - and really from anyone who would listen. We’re currently in San Pedro Island, Belize, and tonight, by the time many of you are reading this, the FESTIVAL OF HOPE will have begun on this...

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Time-Sensitive Prayer Request: An Open Door for Reaching American Youth

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Time-Sensitive Prayer Request: An Open Door for Reaching American Youth

Over the past year, we’ve been amazed at the way God has been impacting young adults around the world – and He’s been using YOU to do it:  You’ve prayed.  You’ve partnered. And literally thousands of young people have responded to Jesus: in Malawi, Myanmar, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, and Kenya. Now we have an incredible opportunity – in a few days, hundreds of young athletes will gather from all over our state to attend the annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Sports Camp in Pella, Iowa were we will have...

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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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