We’ve been on the road on-and-off since 2003, when we had our first official tour (to the United Kingdom, no doubt). And its been one adventure after another. The thing about touring life is, you never know what to expect. We ‘land’ at a destination and experience new faces, smells, cultures, not to mention – food! Last week in California’s central valley, we saw a tomato truck, carrying what must have been millions of Roma down I-5. And as our windshield fogged up with tomato juice, I was tempted to open my window and mouth wide. Except, my common sense stopped me from doing that. Thankfully.
We get to visit churches of all sizes, and I do in fact love going to small churches. One particular church in Patterson, CA had a church potluck before our concert. Chinese food – which I love – was shared while we met the congregation. Instead of getting there, setting up and leaving, I prefer to get to know people. That is where ministry happens. That is where encouragement comes.
This small church in Patterson was not small in their giving. 4 (and maybe more) children got sponsored through Compassion International that night. No doubt that made a huge difference around the world – and we have only a small window into how much impact that will make. Thank you Patterson.
As I pack for a weekend in Dallas at the last “You and Your Girl” event with Vicki Courtney and LifeWay, my heart is full and grateful that God would allow me to tour, see the world and gain His heart for people. He blows away my expectations and exceeds them every time.
It’s true, touring is difficult. There are hard days. I miss my husband. When our strength is gone, we have to kick into gear our dependence on God’s abilities and not our own. But Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, encourages me when he says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galations 6:9
When I pack up and leave my house for another tour, I’m not just carrying the name of “The Sonflowerz”. I’m carrying the name of Jesus Christ – the one we represent. He has called us – and you! – to shout His name in all we do.