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As our Fall Tour comes to a close this weekend in Winnipeg, we would like to share with you some of the ways we have seen God's provision over the past few weeks. We are incredibly grateful for the ways The Lord has blessed us and revealed Himself to us during this season! Check out the video below! We pray it brings you just as much warmth and encouragement as it has brought to us! 
"Let your roots grown down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness". Colossians 2:7


Giving Thanks

As our Fall Tour comes to a close this weekend in Winnipeg, we would like to share with you some of the ways we have seen God's provision over the past few weeks. We are incredibly grateful for the ways The Lord has blessed us and revealed Himself to us during this season! Check out the video below! We pray it brings you just as much warmth and encouragement as it has brought to us! 

"Let your roots grown down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness". Colossians 2:7





Time to relax? Absolutely not!

As we close on on the final week of fall tour, we are doing alot of driving. Sunday was Wilmington, DE to Pittsburgh area (after two church services), Monday was Pittsburgh to Fort Wayne, IN where we played at a rescue mission that night, and today we arrived in St. Paul for the night preparing to head to Winnipeg in the morning.  Yeah, we do alot of driving. 


With calling drive and break shortly ahead of us, it may be tempting to want to relax.  But we have more to do this week! And even with plans being made for our Christmas break, I pray that we will use it as a time of rest, but not a break from pursuing Christ. Everyone on this earth has been offered Gods grace, and it is extended to all of us through Christ.  As believers that Christ has saved us from our sin and reconciled us to the Father through His blood, we have a responsibility to show our faith.  God continues to provide His grace to us and we have access to His strength through Christ. Through this provision we can do all things.


I want to challenge you to think about ways that you can honor God and thank Him for His grace.  Proverbs 24:30-31 says, "I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and the stone wall was broken down." (ESV)


God has blessed everyone with His grace.  What are you doing to protect it in your life?  Are you making sure to prune yourself daily?  Are you keeping weeds and thorns from entering your heart?  Are you fortifying your mind so that you may discern good and evil?  I know all of these things can be difficult for me.  The world is constantly trying to distract us.  But through Christ and Christ alone we can overcome temptation and seek to live lives that bring glory to God.  Though we all have struggles we have been blessed by Gods grace.  Let us always guard our hearts from temptation so that we may honor the gift of Jesus Christ.

Oh What Joy!

We returned to Delaware this past weekend, for some reconnecting with our hosts from earlier this tour, rest, and more ministry opportunities.  One of those opportunities was to perform at a rescue mission.  Since this is the first time I have been to a rescue mission organization, I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived there, but I left challenged and humbled.
The people that we were serving had much less than we had; but there was something that they had that I have been lacking so much in my life recently, joy.  All of the audience members were singing, clapping, and giving everything they had to praise God.  We even had a lady in the audience dance at one point in the program.
​If I'm honest, I have been blessed with this opportunity.  At the same time though, I have been lacking the joy that Christ has given me for a lot of this tour.  Why?  I have been basing my joy from other people and circumstances.  When I try to base my joy out of anything but Christ, it is exhausting, painful, frustrating, and demoralizing.  When I base my joy in Christ, life may still have its struggles, but we can have hope that God has overcome whatever our situations are.
So, where are you basing your joy from?

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
        -James 1:2-4


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    Partner: YWAM Taiwan

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    Partner: YFC Guatemala

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    Jessica Ng (vocals)

    Keilah Quimby (vocals)

    Josh Kavanagh (keyboard)

    Sam Eaton (vocals & guitar)

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    Aaron Price (drums)


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    Team Japan is led by
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    Issac Haaland (bass) and features:


    Tristan Poon (vocals)

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    Sophia Larson (vocals)

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    (guitar) and
    Clayton Girton (sound tech) and features:


    Aria Wright (vocals)

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    Julie Springerley (vocals)

    Matt O'Leary (vocals)

    Margaret Kirst (keyboard)

    Benjamin Chong (guitar)

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    Justin Oliver (drums)


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    Team Honduras is led by 

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    Skyeler Tenopir (vocals)

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    Camorra Boldt (vocals)

    Angie Chan (vocals)

    Steven Phu (guitar and vocals)

    Roger Wang (guitar)

    Matt Kelley (keyboard)

    Abraham Lam (sound tech)



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    Josh Hampton (vocals)

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    Rachel Tait (vocals)

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    Jonathan Cheng (keyboard)

    Sarah Wiesner (guitar)

    Victor Zou (sound tech)




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    Team Singapore is led by 

    Micaela Tucker (vocals) and Chris Newman (guitar and vocals) and features:


    Jenna Dillon (vocals)

    Hannah Kepner (vocals)

    Faith Wirajsilp (vocals)

    Edwin Lee (guitar)

    Nicole Yuen (keyboard)

    Josiah Vik (bass)

    Travis Kapcia (drums)

    Joe Paull (sound tech)



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    Team Members:


    Patty Lin - Team Leader


    Isaac Haaland - Co Leader


    Grace Phan-Nguyen - Vocals         


    Lisa Choate - Vocals


    Ethan Callies - Sound Tech


    Alexa Palacios - Keys 


    Jayden Van Sant - Guitar


    Matthew Nisley - Vocals


    Aaron Swan - Bass


    Brianna Kennedy - Vocals


    Danial Shen - Drums




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     Team Members:


    Kelvin Woo - Team Leader/Sound Tech          


    Hannah Olson - Co Leader/Bass


    Wesley Lin - Vocals


    James Lau - Keys


    Hannah Haugen - Vocals


    Kaitlin Sheppard - Vocals


    Steven Morel - Guitar


    Victoria Lamb - Drums


    Edmund Ma - Vocals


    Ethan Erickson - Guitar






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    Team Members:


    Paul "PQ" Quiram - Team Leader / Sound Tech 


    Michelle Chiu - Co Leader / Vocals


    Hosea Mak - Keys


    Kellie Hedberg - Keys


    Wendy Vides - Vocals


    Anthony Cozza - Guitar


    Kimberly Zeinstra - Guitar


    John Darrah - Bass


    Esther Leung - Drums


    Dennis Shem - Guitar


    Marcus Hilding - Vocals





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     Team Members:


    Kasey Manning - Team Leader, Bass


    Wesley Lin - Co Leader, Sound Tech


    Daniel Somerville - Drums


    Riley Merino - Guitar


    Janell Brower - Guitar


    Brendan Lane - Keys


    Nathan Wong - Vocals


    Hannah Haugen - Vocals


    Caitlyn Sheehy - Vocals


    Shailynn Miller - Vocals


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     Team Members:


    Holly Hassman - Team Leader, Bass


    Evan Stout - Co Leader, Drummer


    Guadalupe Silva, Jr. - Guitar


    Kimberly Zeinstra - Guitar


    Chris Thompson - Guitar


    James Lau - Keys


    Edmund Ma - Vocals, Sound Tech


    Kiana Pieters - Vocals


    Daniella Darling - Vocals


    Lindsey Walker - Vocals


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     Team Members:


    Andrew Shermeyer - Team Leader, Guitar


    Lena Kvigne - Co Leader, Sound Tech


    Evan Gerbracht - Drummer


    Ryan Li - Bassist


    Emily Urban - Guitar


    Christine Lee - Keyboardist


    Luis Acosta - Vocals


    Becca Bowers - Vocals


    Julie Boehr - Vocals




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     Team Members:


    Kirsten Kennedy - Team Leader, Sound Tech


    Joseph Nutting - Co Leader, Bass


    Andrew Siu - Drummer


    Gregory Dignon - Guitar


    Bethany Tweedy - Keys


    Lauren Stochl - Vocals


    Emily Paralez - Vocals


    Camorra Boldt - Vocals


    Cornelia Hayes - Vocals




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