Monday, May 23, 2016

Spring Singspiration Tour 2016

6 Buses + 6 families + A sound guy and and his wife + 4 States + Canada + 8 days + 7 Services 

It's hard to explain how intense these joint tours are.
It's also hard to explain how FUN these joint tours are!
But the presence, grace, and glory of the Lord on these tours is the only thing that's really worth trying to explain.
He was so good, so real, so enabling.
It's such a privilege to be able to do it with Him and with these dear comrades!

Intermissions look a little bit like this: 

The Raber Family
The Stutzman Family

Derek and his posse. :) 

Team devotions is a time for laughter, tears, and worship. 

Pizza with the Canadian Gospel Express Board after a service. 

Nelson and sound man, James, going over service details.
Pre-service instrumentals

Our one day off was needed and enjoyed. But before the fun, there was laundry and hair cuts to be done. We've given hair cuts in all manner of places over the years; a laundry mat can now be added to the list. :)  

The men discussing a successful boarder crossing. :) 

^Intermission calls for this^

The bass section had way too much fun! 

The Penner family
Prayer and Ministry time 
A boyfriend (Tanisha's) who worships in the back row and causes extra smiles on stage. :) 

Smulders on-point. :) 

Raber boys read while the service is underway. ;) 

The kiddos on the team are always so much fun! 
Joshua photography. :)

Singing on the farm for a dear family facing some challenging health situations.

What's to be done after a full evening of singing? Well, hop on the Penner bus and sing some more!   Here us youth were practicing a "surprise" song, unbeknownst to Nelson, to sing on the final night (tradition). ;) 
Surprise, last-minute, bridal shower for Taylor, held in a class room of a community center we were to sing at that night. :) 

We all whipped up a little something from our buses to make for a party! 

Men taking care of their buses. 
During a singing break in the service, Derek left his spot in the sound booth to join me at the product table and tell me he missed me. :) It was crazy how we could go through days and feel like we hardly talked with each other (even though we were living on a bus together)! :) This isn't normally the case with road life, but just happens some days with the various responsibilities of a joint tour. 

Read-a-thon awards given out.
Bontrager Sisters

Singspiration Tour sisterhood, 2016
Tearful goodbyes on the last night. 

 "To God be the glory; great things He has done" 

We anticipate more such tours together in years to come!

Posted by: Deborah

Some of the photo credit goes to Dorcas Stutzman. :) 

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