Hey everyone! Here's a little update on what's been happening with us recently...and where we are headed :-)
We just went to the sickest conference at Bethel called the School of Creativity! It was seriously amazing. We didn't even know about it until Bethany bumped into a girl waiting in line for the bathroom at church. This girl was working on a creative dance piece for the conference and after hearing what we were doing she said "Oh my gosh, you HAVE to go to this conference! It's the best one all year!" Well, we felt like it was the Lord and bought tickets that day. :-)
But there was only one problem...the conference was 4 days long (morning to night) and well...let's just say that we haven't had the best run with our son Josiah and babysitters. He cries so hard just about every time we get someone to watch him (he's pretty sensitive) so 4 days straight was going to be REALLY hard for him. Not to mention, expensive (to pay babysitters).
Well, God had a plan already...he put it in Bethany's mom's heart to come and babysit for us the whole conference!! Liz flew all the way from Hawaii to Redding, CA to hang out with her grandson for a week! We were so blessed and just knew that God had made a way for us!
Back to the conference...
It's hard to sum it all up but we were encouraged, challenged, inspired, and blown away pretty much every day! God was speaking so much to us. Two themes stood out to us. First, it was all about people going after huge dreams in things they had NO EXPERIENCE or EXPERTISE IN!! Sound familiar? And secondly, it was about COLLABORATION. Working together in unity with others!
Ok check this out: Our friends Fab and Claire (who are on staff at Bethel and are very connected to people in the arts) told us that there were some theatrical producers from London at the conference that he wanted us to meet. We said "of course!". He introduced us to these three amazing people and then had to leave. Well, we absolutely HIT IT OFF with them! They were so similar to us in so many ways! They had produced a musical all about the gospel and were believing for it to go worldwide! Obviously we aren't doing a musical but our hearts lined up on so many things it was ridiculous! They even said "our show isn't for Christians...Christians can come to it but it's not for them. It's for the LOST." Bethany and I have said that so many times! And sometimes it seems like people back away a bit when you talk about doing art and...the E word. Evangelism. But that's another story :-) Anyways, after praying and talking together for a while we all decided to head into the main sanctuary because worship had already started. We had all saved seats beforehand. Well, as we go to find our seats we say goodbye to our new friends from London...but when we arrive at our seats we looked up and who is directly next to us? Yup. Out of almost a thousand people, they were next to us. We all laughed! God is pretty funny huh?
We all felt it was a God connection. We'll keep you posted.
Our new friends from London :-)
Ok, so what's next for us? Well, tomorrow we fly to Europe! We will be there June 1-26. The main reason we are heading there is to marry our dear friends Daniel and Cathinka in Germany! He is German and she is Norwegian. We staffed DTS together and have loved each other like crazy ever since! It will be such an honor to be a part of their big day!
But since we were already going to be in Europe, Bethany and I felt to book our stay for a month to leave room for God to connect us with people for our show. We had already made some amazing contacts the last time we were there so we were just believing He would follow up on those...and more. Well, so far our plan is to go to Berlin to meet up with a guy named Joseph who spoke on my DTS in Kona and who is now living in Berlin with his family. He is connected with artists all over Europe and he wanted us to come and visit! Yeeew! Also, he invited us to join him in Alesund,Norway at a gathering of Christian artists. They are all getting together to strategize how to impact all of Europe with the gospel through art!! We couldn't say no to that!!
Anyways, we would love your prayers during this time! We don't know exactly what else we will be doing during this time but we are believing God for great things. He has been so ridiculously faithful to us!
"He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:32
That's it for now. Love you all so much. Thank you for praying and standing with us! Let's all keep shining for Him wherever we are!