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Pleasant Valley Ranch

June 18th, 2013

Our first week of tour this summer was at Pleasant Valley Ranch in Perrysville, OH.  We were blessed to be able to minister to a group of 300 junior high students.  A very cool part of the week was a thunderstorm that passed through the area during the Wednesday night chapel.  It was a fairly torrential downpour accompanied with tornado warnings.  As we played some response songs after the message that Wednesday night, the camp director was monitoring the storm and decided to keep everyone in the chapel until the storm passed, so they asked us to extend our music set.  We ended up playing four more songs than we hadn’t planned.  It was a bit of a scramble for us as a band but in that moment we saw God use the situation to bring the students to a place of real worship.  It was a critical point in the week for me as I looked out on a crowd of young students passionately singing to the Lord.  Until this point in the week, the junior higher students didn’t connect very seriously with the worship.  God used this storm to put the busy camp schedule on hold and get a hold of campers’ hearts with his powerful truth.

This night convicted me as a worship leader that we are totally dependent on God to work in our hearts and lead us to him.  Nothing I do in preparing song sets or in interacting with students personally will make them worship.  When we pray for God to work in lives, he hears our prayers, and will do his good work in ways we never expect.  It is the greatest joy to see God bring students to him in worship.  Our mission is to know, live, and speak the good news of Jesus Christ and watch to see how he will use it.

I can’t wait to see the ways God will work in the upcoming weeks of Blue Team’s ministry.  Despite our musical abilities and our efforts to engage people well, we are entirely dependent on God to make our ministry fruitful.  I’m stoked for our team carry this humble attitude with us this of summer.

-Jesse

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