Update From Kevin
Ok, so this is a longer update since I haven’t done this for a while! Feel free to skim, but please note my latest adventure at the end of the update!
Wow, it’s been just over a year since the release of the album “ONE”! And it’s been a really good year of getting the music (and the message!) out there in various ways. Some of the most meaningful times have been in house concert settings where my wife Nancy has been able to join me (I play and she talks! :-) and together we’ve shared from our hearts on where the songs came from along with a challenge to love in community.
Speaking of the songs, if you need more cds, t-shirts, or digital downloads, you can now purchase my stuff on my Facebook music page, besides by website, itunes, amazon, etc.
I’ve also been able to share this message of unity/community in many Abbotsford churches and beyond. A couple places of note were Nelson, BC where several churches gathered together to hear the songs, and Lethbridge, AB where the songs fit in well as they wrapped up a week of prayer together as a church. The pastor there, known for his corny one-liners, said later in an email: “I really think you balmed when you were here. God really used you to bring some healing and rest and assurance. We needed that. Thanks.” (balmed as opposed to bombed... :-)
Read more on what others have said.
I’ve also been playing a lot with my good friend Cathy Hardy who’s an amazing singer/songwriter with diverse music styles from folk, to blues, pop and various world music sounds, which she delivers with inspiring passion.
Trucker? Me? Yep.
So one of the most surprising things I did this year was get my Class 1 driving license to drive semi-trucks! You can probably imagine how hard it is to make a living with just music, and we haven’t felt called to take on a full-time worship pastor job at this point (though there have been offers). So when I heard my friend describe a trucking job that he was looking into, I felt my ears perk up since I’ve always enjoyed driving big stuff (worked on a farm as a teenager driving big tractors, etc.). I met with the boss (who I actually knew, great guy, and yes, I like commas and parentheses) who said I’d be able to work around my music/worship commitments, and so I got my license in fall and started working for him this January. It’s been awesome. The driving is local and although I’m doing it 5 days a week right now, in fall I may go down to 3-4 days a week to make more time for music/worship stuff again. It feels like something only God’s creativity could come up with, since I wasn’t looking for this sort of thing at all!
Church worship leading
Another cool development for us has been that I also started a very part-time job with Fresh Wind Christian Fellowship, coordinating things for their worship community. It’s a church with under a 100 Sunday morning attenders, but it’s a really fresh environment (pardon the pun). They welcome their “4 pillars” – children, prodigals, the poor and the disabled – not as “target groups” (God is their target group :-) but to be teachers in their own way as part of their community. We still connect with the Vineyard church when we can, and our kids are part of the amazing youth group there. And although I've pulled back significantly, I'll still lead at Sevenoaks Alliance Church from time to time. I really enjoyed my time of being able to help out there too!
Thailand - again!
Yes, the latest development is that I’m heading to Thailand again! Unfortunately Nancy’s not coming with me this time, but I get to travel with my good friend Sam Dick who’s the Mobilization Coordinator for MB Mission who I lead worship for in various settings - TREK (MB version of YWAM), MTE (Missionary Training and Equiping), retreats, etc.
This is a 10-day trip where Sam and I will be leading a retreat for two TREK teams that are there in Chiang Mai, as well as spending time with MB missionaries in North Thailand (yep, in the jungle!), and also gaining a closer perspective on human trafficking issues that I was first exposed to on the tour I did this past August.
I am also raising funds for this trip, and if you felt you could contribute you can donate online (find my name in the "participant" drop-down list), or send a cheque to:
302-32025 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, BC V2T 2K7
put “TREK project C7731” in the memo. Thanks for the consideration!
Besides all that’s going on, my family is doing great. Our oldest son Luke just turned 16 - yes, crazy... we can’t believe we’re parents of a kid who can drive! Nancy is enjoying being more of a stay-at-home mom again as I’m out working more, though she’s still keeping her home businesses going. Yes, she’s an amazing woman.
So thanks for reading this, and feel free to send me a note to say hi or to ask about anything in here or something else!
Peace of Christ to you,