They say that Christian ministry is pouring yourself out as Christ poured Himself out to us. Well, by that definition, I experienced the greatest week of my ministry this summer. The twenty members of the brass band began preparing back in the Spring. We played a couple of concerts in order to raise money for the camp. After two concerts, we had funds for almost 2 days of food. J ASAPH funds covered the rest of the expenses. On a Monday afternoon we traveled to a town out at the highway and lived the rest of the week in a Salvation Army School campus. We studied music from 7:00 a.m. until about 5:00 p.m. with only short breaks. Then there was time for playing and relaxing. I taught all day long every day. It was a tremendous opportunity to pour myself into this fine group of young people. We had daily devotions in the mornings and evenings. We ate together. We slept together. We played, rested, and showered together. It was a shared life for five days.
We achieved our prime objective of learning to read music better. The band is a much better band nowadays. But we grew in Christ as well. And in that sense, we are better people. We also grew together, learning to love and support each other. It was a marvelous week. And we are all looking forward to BAND CAMP #2.
Missionary in Haiti.