September 20th, 2009

The First, Real, Crazy Day


The First, Real, Crazy Day

So today was pretty crazy. Dani woke up to a giant knock on the door! I answered the door and was reminded by a friend from the worship team at church that I was late. Our alarm hadn’t gone off. I was supposed to be at church at 7:30 am. He knocked at our door at 8. So needless to say, I was pretty frantic while getting a shower, clothes, my bass and heading to the church.

This Sunday was also the day that Dani and I were supposed to talk before our home church about what we will be doing in Germany. So we needed to get up. I was very happy that they sent someone to wake us up, but was also pretty upset at myself—ugh.

Another thing that happened to me during the service was my monitor battery died—during the middle of the main worship set! We use in-ear pieces for our monitor system. And I play the bass without an amp. So, I basically couldn’t hear myself at all. It was weird and unexpected, as I had a new battery. Just another thing thrown at me to try and stress me out. But—eh—it’s just a monitor system. It doesn’t mean I still can’t worship. But it was weird all the stuff that seemed to happen this morning.

But church went well. We talked in both services about what we are doing in Germany, and how people can support what God is doing through us. We are praying that the church got our vision. We want people to see how passionate we are, but at the same time, we had limited time to speak. So it was an interesting public speaking experience for me. Super stressful, but a really good step.

Then the day continues. After church we went home, changed clothes and went to grab some lunch. After getting some tacos we went to the park to celebrate our community group leader’s birthday! Which was great. It was super nice outside, and I wish we had remembered to bring our camera to take pictures. 🙁 I think we’ll have a new camera soon to make it easier to take quick pics.

Then, we went to a seminar on an introduction to Perspectives. (Find out more here.) Matt Fries, an elder at our church who is a becoming a great friend to us, led the discussion. Both Dani and I have been interested in taking the course, and thought it would be good to learn a little more about it. Plus, it was great to see Matt. It’s just amazing what God is doing in the world, and how our view of Christianity is shaped by where we grow up. World-wide thinking is becoming a much bigger part of our lives, and we want to learn more.

For dinner, we drove back and called our friend Evie for a quick bite. We went and grabbed some pizza on the square in Fayetteville. We love doing stuff with her and are totally glad she’s our friend. I think we just love having friends, and having them be a part of our lives, and us a part of theirs. It’s just great. It’s supposed to be that way.

To end our day, we met with a new friend who wanted to know more about us and Germany. It was a good wrap-up for our day, I think. We got to be more personal and share more from our hearts about who we are. Speaking in front of a large group is fine and all, but our passion and heart is relationships. So it was really great.

So now I have my coffee, and am relaxing while I write this out. It’s great to have people around you who support you and want to be a part of your life. I love it, and feel so blessed.

6 Responses to “The First, Real, Crazy Day”


  • Judah says:

    bingo bango that sucks bro. good to here everything is good except for that day tho 🙂

  • Brett says:

    I didn’t even know that your battery went out! You covered well.

    • Israel says:

      Heh, yeah. I was like, “Why can’t I hear myself?” It was fine though. It was a crazy morning. What’s a battery after all that happened? 🙂

  • Gennie says:

    Thinking about you guys. Hope everything is going well and that support raising happens quickly! Just so you know, the first time we spoke at the grove about china, I backed into Brian’s car at 5:30 in the morning.

    • Israel says:

      Whoa! Did not know that. I bet that day was super fun! *sarcasm* We so miss you guys. We’ll have to skype sometime, couple to couple.

    • Amy says:

      So maybe it’s a good thing that you overslept! All the good that’s going to come of your talk has to be balanced out by a little bad.