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Got my back.

April 21, 2007

I have the greatest job there is. I cannot imagine doing anything different as I am blessed beyond measure to be able to travel and meet people and attempt to tell stories with photos and video.

This trip to Czech Republic and Austria is a rare opportunity to travel with my beautiful wife. Beth and I marked our 30th anniversary in January and were blessed to save enough money so she could accompany me and we are celebrating on this trip. This is my 3rd international trip with the Singing Men of Texas and her first. Here are some of her thoughts she shared with me today:

“I am an outsider on this trip but I have been accepted and welcomed to tag along.

Coming from a different perspective (not a music minister’s wife), I have observed the fellowship of these men and their wives. It is a special time when they are together.

The wives are encouragers, greeters, prayer warriors, camera holders, picture takers, and anything else they are asked to do.

The wives pray together before the concerts, they rejoice at the news of the professions of faith in the concerts, and they pray with women after the concerts. You can see they feel the heartache, pain, joy, and discouragement as they look into the eyes of women they pray with.

Every smile, and every handshake is given willingly by these women – they are allowing the Lord to use them as vessels for His glory.

There are many other wives at home and I know they are praying and are encouragers too.”

My Beth fits right in with these women because she is one of them.

I could not do what I do without her.

Prague Spring

April 18, 2007

The use of the above title is not an attempt to provoke or bring up bad memories of a brief however ultimately doomed attempt at democracy here many years ago.

It is however an acknowledment that Prague is one of the most beautiful cities on earth anytime of year however spring in Prague is spectacular. The sky is clear, the air is crisp and everything is blooming in colors beyond description.

Traveling for over 24 hours could not subdue the awe our group felt this afternoon as we strolled Charles Bridge and nearby narrow streets.

This evening we had dinner with Rev. Jan Titera, General Secretary of the Czech Baptitst Union and Rev. Milos Solc, Pastor of Prague First Baptist Church and their wives at our hotel.

We start again early tomorrow for some touring and inviting folks we meet to two concerts Thursday; St. Nicholas Church in the Old Town Square at 2:00 P.M. then Prague First Baptist at 7:00 P.M.

Just as surely as spring comes to Prague, freedom came as well. It was delayed for several years however the delay may make it just a little sweeter for those who lived under totalitarian oppression.  The message the Singing Men of Texas shares here offers freedom even more beautiful than this city.