In this video interview, team leaders Lena (Honduras) and Elisa (Colombia) share some final thoughts on the day before their overseas departures. Enjoy!
Those words are heavy for Summer Team Members as they have played their final concert stateside before their month long tour in their respective countries. It’s an incredibly exciting time but also slightly bittersweet. They set-up, played and spoke intentionally on Saturday evening and now on Monday morning, they pack in the same manner. As some have said in the past, TODAY, is like a CTI Holiday. “Flight Packing Day!” Everyone knows that it’s a packed day of pallet wrap, colorful itineraries, packing to that 50lb limit and commissioning team members off into the work that God has called them to.
Here are a few highlights from Send Off Concert (which was AWESOME!). This would be the final time they would be touching their instruments and playing together before they step foot on Honduran/Colombia soil. That sunk in pretty quickly for team members. You could tell that they wanted to make the most of every note, every word and every jump off the ground.
If you have ever been a part of CTI, you know that everything is meticulously scribed, accounted for, wrapped and made safe. All of these insane and somewhat strenuous efforts make Departure Day work just about as smooth as butter. As we continue to prepare to send these teams off, please pray alongside of us for things like check-in, travels, peace and continued unity amongst team members, smooth arrival to YFC partners and trust for the work that God is going to do through these teams!
We ambushed a few of the Round One team members to ask them a bit about their training!
As we send teams all over the world, we try and prepare them for as many scenarios as we possibly can. This means all kinds of audiences, all kinds of venues and all kinds of weather. There are other lessons to be learned in the midst of these concerts as well. It’s so valuable as a ministry that places a high value on stewardship of not only influence but resources, we learn how to protect gear and how to play with smaller set ups and it emphasizes the important role that EVERYONE plays on the team. It’s all so important!
Week One is all about Understanding Our Need for the Gospel and learning ALL the music. That’s rounded off with the Practice Concert and music memorized. As Week Two proceeds it’s all about taking the things that we have learned and implementing them into the CULTURE. As many alumni know there are Culture Simulations we send our teams through, though sometimes they are frustrating, they are SO valuable
We won’t fly into a culture with a full understanding of everything and everyone we will encounter but we do go equipped, knowing that we will have everything we need to know when we need to know it.
Teams learn how to trust their overseas partners, their overseas team leaders as they guide us and ultimately, the Lord as He creates opportunities for them to be faithful in their sharing.
Hey all! Our Round One summer teams are ready to give their last concert before leaving for their respective country destinations. Their departure is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20!
Team Colombia and Team Honduras will be playing a sendoff concert on June 17 at 6:30pm Central, hosted at Roseland Reformed church in Roseland, MN. This event can also be streamed live at ctimusic.org/live.
Roseland Reformed Church
19385 County Rd 5 SW
Blomkest, MN 56216
Due to construction on Hwy 7, attendees coming from Willmar should take County Road 5 to the church instead of Hwy 71.