Thursday was a fun day.
Tonight, my friends (and parishoners), Troy and Andrea, organized an event downtown called "Back Alley Xtreme." It featured three bands (local groups: Marbles For Eyes, Exit 41, and Thegunshow) in addition to two speakers, Nathan Rinear and Lionheart (of "Triple B" Biker Ministry). The event was set up in the alley behind a local coffee bar, but ended up moving inside because of adverse weather. I served as the "sound guy" for the event.
The music was a lot of fun. Marbles for Eyes did a fine job, and it seems like they are really starting to come into their own musically. If they stay at it, I think that they could really develop. Exit 41 was top notch, in my humble opinion, with powerful music, tight arrangements, and heartfelt lyrics. I need to find a way to work with them again. Gunshow was like a crazed caffine overdose, but then hardcore metal was never my thing. However, a large part of the crowd seemed to be into them, and from the band’s brief testimony, their hearts seemed to be in the right place. Don’t ask me what they sang about, though, ’cause I haven’t a clue.
Nathan is a young man from our church, in his early ’20’s, who has ministered for extended periods of time in Mozambique and Uganda. He spent most of last year at a ministry training school in Redding, CA. He just returned (along with his three younger brothers) from a month in Brazil ministering with Randy Clark’s ministry and is now preparing for an extended time in Sudan. He did a great job sharing scripture, testimonies, and the goodness of God in addition to praying for various needs.
Today was the first time I’ve met Lionheart and the "Triple B Bikers." He has a way of simply sharing it like it is, calling people out of sin, out of brokenness and to Christ. The talk resulted in praying with several people regarding various issues. Others in the gang shared as well, telling of how Jesus has made all the difference.
So…it was an eventful night. It’s been a long day, and I went to bed physically exhausted, though my mind was still pretty wired. The last I looked at the clock, it was 12:15 a.m. At 3:45 a.m., I woke up…wide awake. After laying in bed for over an hour, I decided to get up and write this summary.
God bless you, Troy, for stepping out and trying something new. May God continue to creatively lead you, and all of us, to help reach our community for Christ.