Birthday: December 13
Hometown: Wooster, Ohio
Favorite Bible Passage: Romans 1:16
Musical Influences: Red, TFK, Light the Fire
Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings
Hobbies: Playing drums and writing music.
Isaiah has been playing drums for 10 years and hopes to play music for the rest of his life. He enjoys camping and has played football, lacrosse, tennis, soccer, baseball, and ran cross country. His favorite drum company is Spaun Drums.
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For this blog post, I thought I’d detail how our day went, to give a little insight on the day to day life of CTI.
Today we got up for the day and made our way to Snake River Correctional Facility. Once there we checked in and made our way to the room we had set up for chapel. When we got in there, we did not need to set up because we had already last night. But, we were going to a final soundcheck. In the room we found that some of the inmates were already there. The second we came in they started asking questions and showed us how happy they were to have us there. We did our soundcheck and got ready for the set. We talked with some of the guys until it was time to start our set. We started our set and had a great time. Everything went really well. Once we were done we talked with the inmates until they had all left. Once they were gone we packed a bit of our stuff up and went to lunch at the facility in the staff café. After lunch we checked out and loaded up our trailer. Once that was finished, we hit the road and headed to Meridian, ID. On our way to a park there, David stopped in the middle of the road. I still don’t fully understand but I guess the cow he saw was super special. Go figure.
We eventually got to the park (after a quick cow photo-op), and had our weekly team debrief where we talk about our past week and plan things for the upcoming week. After our meeting we got to hangout together at the park. I had a lot of fun climbing around on a rock wall. After about a half hour of free time, we had to head to Valley Life Community Church. Once there David got out to talk to our contact while the rest of us stayed in the van and prayed together for our venue and our set. After we were done and David got back, we unloaded, got set-up, and did a soundcheck. After we were done, we ate dinner with our hosts at the church and planned out our day tomorrow. Once we were done with dinner, we left with our hosts to go to where we are staying. After finding out where we were sleeping we turned in for the night, got the work we needed to get done, and prepared for bed.
I’m now writing this while as we relax and wind down preparing for tomorrow.
“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump
When on the road, you sometimes don’t know all of the places that you’re going to end up. For us, this has happened a few times. Sometimes we haven’t known where we are staying, but God always provides. There have been times where we have had 3 or 4 days with no venues, but God provides. We have had venues that we didn’t know about until an hour beforehand. God has always provided all of the necessary things that we needed to serve him in those instances.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
There have been many times in the past that I’ve put my faith in these worldly things and I have been let down. It doesn’t matter if its people or if it’s other things. At some point, you will be let down. The one person who will never let you down is God. And he loves us so much that he sent his one and only son down to earth, making him man, He led a perfect life, and then died on the cross to forgive us all of the sins we have committed, no matter how big or how small. They were all forgiven.
On Saturday February 4th 2017 our host took our team to the Grand Canyon to watch the sunrise. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Watching it go from complete darkness to light was absolutely stunning.
Genesis 1: 31 “Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.”
Last weekend we played for a youth retreat. This was a great retreat but at first it didn’t seem like anything special, pretty run of the mill. We had music, large group lectures, and small group lectures. It just seemed like a normal high school weekend retreat. As the retreat went on nothing really changed until Saturday afternoon when we found out that during the community concert that night we would be doing an altar call. David had done a couple of these in Hong Kong but he hadn’t done any in the states. So later that night we were doing our concert and it was time for the altar call. As I sat behind my drums listening to David give the altar call something awesome happened. At the end of the altar call David asked anyone who wanted to give their life to Christ to stand up. @atching many students stand up and commit their life to Christ was the most beautiful thing I’d seen in a long time.
Through these experiences I have learned that not all things that are beautiful have physical beauty. But some things are spiritually beautiful. 1 Peter 3: 3-4 says “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
One of the nine fruits of the spirit is patience.
Patience is something that I’ve struggled with for a long time. During Christmas break this past month I struggled a lot with it. Over break I was installing sound systems in a few different vehicles. One vehicle that I did was a 2010 Chevy 1500. I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into. It was originally just supposed to be an easy sub install, but it turned into so much more. Nothing would work right; it was so stressful. I went to Best Buy to talk to their installations guy about some of the issues. As we talked, he started really get on my nerves. Needless to say, he wasn’t very helpful. It was so hard to have patience with this guy. The entire project lasted a span of about 2 weeks. For these 2 weeks I had very little patience with my family.
The thing about the fruits of the spirit is that we don’t produce them naturally. Instead, they are an outward expression of the spirit living in us. They are what distinguish us as born again/living in Christ.
When we are born again we strive to be more like him. Jesus is patient and kind; he displays ALL the fruits of the spirit. Therefore, in seeking to reflect him, we also display these fruits. But we are still human. We are still imperfect and sinful. We struggle. But because of the strength that Christ gives us (Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”), and because he helps us in being more like him, we succeed. The more we let God define our actions, the better we become at displaying the fruits. He is the source of Good within us.
Even though I struggle with patience it is because of Christ that I get through life. And it is because of the unconditional love that God has for all of us that we are forgiven and are able to be born again,
Life on the road is different than the everyday life that I am used to. There is nowhere that I call home because I’m never at one host home for more than a couple days at a time. I never have time get comfortable before we get up and go. But every host home I’ve stayed at has been absolutely amazing! Everyone has been so nice and the food has been delicious! One of the most memorable host homes was the very first one I stayed at. It was absolutely stunning there. I’m not one to admire nature, but here, I was at a loss for words. Plus we didn’t stay in the house, we slept in the bunk house right on the lake. It was so much fun!
When it comes to being on the road you are in the van a lot and sometimes have to get up super early. A perfect example of this is the second weekend of training tour. We woke up at 5:30am Saturday morning to drive to Willmar, MN from Freeman, SD and then to Bagley, MN arriving at 4pm. Once we were at Grace Community Church of Bagley we set up and got ready for their Saturday night worship service. This church is not your typical church. It’s a church for the lost, broken, losing, and the breaking. They are a church for “outcasts”. This does not make them a bad church, in fact I actually felt kind of at home there.
So that night we played our set and then went into this time that they call “church” which was a time of fellowship. There was amazing food and a ton of games. Our team ended up staying up til 2am Sunday morning playing a board game called “cash and guns” which is now one of our teams favorite games at this moment. But Bradley and I made a mistake. We ended up staying up til 4am playing games even though we knew we had to be on the road by 7am to go play a set at our first prison. So Bradley and I, after having slept an hour and a half, got up with the rest of the team to eat breakfast and then got on the road arriving at Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution at 4pm. That night we played our longest set to date. It was two hours long, which was just about all of our songs and one drama. By the time we got to our host home that night we were all exhausted.
This is just a small look into what it’s like being on the road so far. It has already been an amazing experience and I’m so excited to see what God has in store for us in the future.