We've been without internet our whole stay in La Grande, so it's great to get another update out to you...Monday night, 12 men prayed to receive Christ at EOCI in Pendleton. A handful of the prisoners shared with Sarah how their story was like her dad's and they hoped their daughters would be able to forgive them like she forgave her father...really touched Sarah's heart.
Others came up and told us about their kids, some don't know where they are at ( we did Right in Between as an oncore - really a God thing and I prayed over all their kids and told them not to give up writing. I asked them how many thought they would be better fathers when they got out than when they came in and most of them raised their hands...)
Tues night was the hottest day of the year in Baker City, OR. We played for a community event, so not faith based and did much of our family friendly material with some originals...We shared about our prison tour and that we had tried to connect with BC but had not managed to connect with anyone at the prison in their town. The superintendent of Powder Creek Correctional was in the audience and he said, "we'll get you in". They rushed our approvals through and since this is not with the chaplency program, it will be a concert for the general population. PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS! Our sharing will be a bit different but our concert should work well. I've often prayed that we would have this kind of opportunity. That has been added to our Saturday schedule so, we will definitely need your prayers for tomorrow - tell you more on that in a minute.
Last night, we had a very moving time with the children of Hope House in Marsing, ID. (A large facility with staff and about 80 kids - most from failed addoptions and foster care due to an inability to attach or be loved. Some disabled / downs syndrome, etc adults who've grown up here as well).
Sarah opened for us with some Disney and Broadway and the kids went crazy! Roaring and singing along...Our night closed with a 17 yr old girl who just a year ago was an avid soccer player but has contracted a a rare and disabilitating disease called Divets? Like MS but very fast acting and invasive. A year later she is in a wheelchair and barely has movement below the waste and any activity takes a lot out of her. She sang us a song last night that she wrote and played guitar in perfect time, her song so well crafted. I was very moved...
Tonight we will be at another children's facility called Children's Christian Ranch. A similar setting - these kids are here as their last stop. Homeless, foster care unable to be successful, some come from lot's of trouble and parents / grandparents cannot contain them. Pray for our concert tonight. Last night, when I sang our family songs, I was feeling like, "Oh man, I'm rubbing salt in a wound..." But the director affirmed that it was good for the kids and that they loved it...Tonight, we need your prayers that the kids stay through the show and hear my story at the end...
Tomorrow is a long day. We are pretty tired and need your prayers for God's empowering strength to restore us, to give us GOOD SLEEP - that has been a huge issue and is important for all of us, but especially for our drummer and Sarah. Robert is bi-polar and without good sleep will start to go manic. He has such good awareness of this and is sleeping in the basement of the chapel where it's cool. We might move the rest of the men over there tonight. Sarah has some health issues so it's hard to find food at facilities she can eat. She will be resting today until we leave at two. ( I just rummaged in the kitchen and found eggs, veggies and watermelon, so we / she's good!).
Tomorrow we leave ID at 6:30 a.m. to head to Snake River Prison in Ontario, OR. We do two concerts there - at 9 a.m. and at 1 p.m. After that, we head back to Baker City for our third concert. So 3 concerts, 2 load ins and set up / tear downs.
Thank you all for your prayers. Time to go and hang with some of these kids!