New album, new play, here we go…

The evil Dr. Doominator and his sidekick, Ms. Led

Dexter and Zelda use their “brain power!!”

Grant, Heather, Bradley, and Zelda teach the kids Jeremiah 29:11

My daughter, Rachel, gives clothing to a new mom of twins.

Pastor Agnes rejoices about new infant clothes!

Well, Adventure Week kicked off today, and with it the new play. It’s always an incredible time – so many people putting so much effort in, and the results are just fun. We started the week with record numbers of children, and stories of people who drove in from Chicago and Toledo and elsewhere and are crashing with relatives just so their kids can come. How fun is that?!

The theme this year is “God is Our Superhero”. We do a full VBS that is written by the church, and at the end of everyday we do 1/2 hour of a full length play. My playwrite partner, Terry Rippl, and I do the script, and I write the music.

This year we are at the school for God’s sidekicks, learning how He can use us in His plan, and fighting the forces of the evil Dr. Doominator who wants us to forget all about God! Bum-bum-BUM!!! I especially enjoyed figuring out how to get Dr. Doominator’s hair to go in green spikes, and STILL allow him to wash it out so he could go to work later in the day. HA! He’s a great sport, that one.

We’ve also been really busy working on the new album. I was down in Nashville for several days writing some new songs. I’m co-writing a lot more, and have to say, I love it! It’s a bit harder, but I think the songs are so much stronger in the end with more feedback. I’m really excited about the new songs, and can’t wait to get started on the tracking so you can hear them. Looking at an October release, and I’m sure you’ll hear more about that as it goes along. 🙂

Finally, one sweet story I forgot to put in the end of the Kenya blog – the pictures were on my last day, still in the camera. The girls and I visited Kijabe hospital, and met Chaplain Agnes there. She has a clothing ministry to the women who give birth there but have no clothes for their babies. We were bringing her the last clothes from our drive, about 300 baby outfits, which she didn’t know we were bringing. When she saw them, she got so excited, and said, “Do you know?! We just ran out of baby clothes yesterday, and we stood right here and prayed that the Lord would send us some clothes!! Isn’t He good?” To which we say, Amen. 🙂

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