It was a very busy month of August here at VanOsten Music Ministries. We started off on 8/11, with the presentation of our STM Trip experiences to People's EC Church. This was followed up on 8/18 with an interview with the local newspaper about the trip. The article was in the Times News on 8/24. While both the Church Service and News Paper articles did a great job of providing a general overview of the events of this trip, they don't even begin to touch on the actual experience of going on a trip like this. I would like to encourage all who have ever considered a trip like this, to take the leap of faith and go the next time an opportunity arises.
On 8/17 we participated in the Rally In The Valley. This was a Youth Rally hosted by Christ Evangelical Free Church on 443 outside of Lehighton PA, and was supported and staffed by multiple churches in the area. For this event, we assisted in the support of the band and sound, as well as having an opportunity to open with a few songs before the band. This was pretty well attended by the local youth groups, and we are hoping this is something that we can build on in the future.
The month rounded out when on 8/25 I had the opportunity to share what the Lord has been doing in this ministry with my home church. (People's Evangelical Congregational Church in East Weissport, PA.) this was great opportunity to be able to share some of the stories of the last few months, while also being able sing some of the songs that have been receiving some great feedback on. During this service, I asked if anyone would be interested in a Christmas CD. Instantly, about 1/2 those present popped there hands up. As a result, we are not taking steps toward a Christmas CD, that we hope to have ready for release in Mid November. Please pray for us as we work on this new project.