Saturday, May 31, 2014

Memorable Quotes from the trip :)

So we are all back from Ireland safe and sound and I was meant to post this a few days ago...but better late than never :)
I was asked to write up the last blog because I wrote down a lot of the memorable quotes that we said on the trip. Here are just a few.

"Just put some sugar on it" Brandon's motto of the week
"Hey Micah, I just want to let you know that Jesus worked in my heart last night and I'm about 25% of the way to forgiving you" Emily Ledford
"I just want to rub my face on it" Lucy 
"We have to do the quotes naturally or it won't work...if we are just going to sit around and do quotes all night then I can be Thomas Jefferson" Brandon
"Dang! Fingers are so cool!" Micah
"I'm gonna egg you" Kat to Micah
"I can't figure it out" Kat... "Its a door its pretty complex" Kenny
"If you opened up that cat, there would be enough food to end world hunger" Matt
"Let me give you a pearl of wisdom...Oh wait let me think of one" Kenny
"8:45 ish? It was more like ish ish ish." Sarah to Micah when he was late.
"We went from being the walking dead to the glee club" Brandon
"Snikey...its snarky and nike together" Jon
"It's a very polite fire alarm. It will say, 'There is a fire. Please leave. I will hold the door for you'" Matt
"We can't go anywhere without hearing about C.S. Lewis" Brandon
"My ears still hurt from the concert" Emily L... "My face still hurts from an extra 30 minutes exposed to high winds" Matt
"That door goes outside?" Micah..."And it goes back inside too" Brandon..."I cant believe it!" Micah.
"I should have been in a boy band" Lucy
"Wait...I'm getting a signal" Emily R. 

On a more serious note, this was an experience that I will never forget and I miss Ireland and all the people we met so much already. Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible :)
We really appreciate it!

Emily Royster

Monday, May 26, 2014

Days 10 & 11... ish.

Here is a brief overview of our last couple of days. Sunday morning we came to the church in Belfast and led the service. We all split up for lunch, then headed back to Mt. Zion for their evening service and youth conference. Afterward we all said our goodbyes to everyone at Mt. Zion, which was, well... very sad. It's amazing how much you can love people after only a few days. I cried. A lot. 

Anyways, then we came back to Belfast and went to sleep. This morning we didn't have anywhere to be until 1:30 in the afternoon! We got to sleep in! It was a miracle! We went to the mall and played some music, then came back and went door to door in the neighborhood around the Belfast church telling people about the event we're having Wednesday night. 

To finish off our night we all hung out in the girls' room and watched a movie on Netflix. The internet is an amazing thing! Now we're off to bed to get rested up for tomorrow! 

Love and blessings, 
~ Kat

P.S. Be sure to check our youtube channel, auhalfpeeledorange, for some entertainment! 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Day 9

The blog is back up and running!! There should be longer recaps on the last two days later, but in summary of events: We went to Laurelhill school and played, we (mainly Lucy) taught some drama classes and did a pretty good job at it, we went to an awesome Matt Maher and Matt Redman concert, there was coffee spilled on a laptop, everybody left me behind at Giant's Causeway, and we made some great friends at the Transformation Center. Now onto Day 9.
Today, we had a true, home-cooked Irish breakfast and discovered that there is no such thing as a bad meal prepared by the church cooks, Phyllis and Ruth. Everything was delicious and it was a great way to start the day. Afterwards, we gave a worship seminar to members of Mount Zion Community Church, as well as others who decided to tag along. Jon gave a great message about how Christ treated his body, and that the church, being the body, should treat itself the same way. After that we broke off into separate small groups, and since there were no drummers I just kind of waited around. I still ended up teaching Emily Royster and Kat a little bit of basic drumming technique. The afternoon was filled with set up and practice for the first night of the Youth Conference. While there were some difficulties, Sarah went into pro audio mode and figured it out. The night was filled with wonderful worship. Seeing the church praise God in complete abandon was absolutely amazing. Pastor Nick Serb also gave a wonderful sermon about standing firm in Christ. He talked about how our roots need to be planted in God's word, and our desires need to be after God, not worldly possessions. It is only then that we can stand true in God. It was a very impactful sermon and will definitely be one that sticks with me. I also got to pray over a friend we made here, Jonny. It was truly a great day of service to the Lord and I loved every minute of it!
-Matt Harling

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Day 6!

            Well Hiya from Ireland! What a wonderful place we have been in for the past 6 days! God has been blessing us so much here. You would think traveling across the big blue you wouldn’t feel at home, but these people welcomed us with open arms. They accepted us right away as part of their family. We started in Galway and we have now made it to Lisburn where we have been for the past couple days. Let me just point out that the people of Mt. Zion Community church are some God loving people. We see it everyday we are with them, they love God and they want to do everything they can to spread His love. Like today, they really want to start getting involved in the schools, so they took us to one of their local middle and high schools and we got to lead some songs and share testimonies in 3 classrooms plus a lunch session. The kids there were so attentive to what we were saying to them, it was an amazing experience. Most kids here in Ireland do not grow up in Christian homes, so it was such a blessing to be in their school planting the seed that Christ loves them too. They may not get it in one day but I pray what they heard today they would remember. Being here has humbled me in many ways, I was so lucky to have grown up in a Christian home knowing from the start that God loves me and he always will because here in Ireland the kids may never hear that. Which knowing this just brings tears to my eyes. If I could, I would go up to all the people here and tell them about Gods love, no one should have to live without that. We as Christians need to realize that God gave us a job and that is to spread his love to all nations. It’s time to step up!
             When we got to Lisburn I just felt like God was telling me I need to be reading the book of Ezekiel while we were here and the part that I feel lead to share with you is in chapter 3. God is sending his warning to Israel through Ezekiel and he tells him this
   17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house if Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked man, ’You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself.

            We as Christians are here for a purpose and in our everyday lives we need to be living like Christ and spreading God’s love. You don’t have to cross oceans to do it either, try starting with your neighbor. God is coming back and soon, the least I can do his spread his love till that day comes!
            All right enough with the heavy stuff J This trip has been an experience of a lifetime! There has been so much laughter and fun! I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to come with (love you guys)! I’m so glad we get to be God’s Kingdom Workers here in Ireland!

                                                                                                            Lots of Love,

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Day 5 - Lisburn (Kat)

Well I was chosen by default to write the blog post tonight, so... sorry, but you'll have to hear from me again.

Last night we all went to our host homes and got settled in. Those of us who have wifi also spent some time arguing via facebook messaging who has the better host home (it's me) and discussing the perils in comparison to the benefits of alone time, since half of us are introverted and the other half are extroverted. And even though I'm an extreme introvert, I still miss everyone. It's weird to go from being all together in the same hotel to being miles apart in different houses. But the host home experience is so lovely (some Irish vocabulary there) that it makes it worth it.

This morning we all ate breakfast at our host homes and then met at the café (Higher Ground) for morning devotionals. Micah talked to us about relying on God and having faith, which was exactly what we all needed to hear this morning, and then Brandon closed us in prayer. Afterward we compared host home experiences, and the general census showed that we all pretty much had cereal and toast for breakfast, and all of our host families offered us tea and/or coffee at least twice in the few hours we've been in their homes. I think I've had more coffee in the past few days than I've had in the past few years combined!

After hanging out at the coffee shop for a while, we went to the Parliament Buildings (which is actually only one building) in Lisburn and had a tour of the big board room things... I was really tired and kept falling asleep, so I didn't retain much information except that the building was pretty. And I took pictures. The tour guide did call me out on falling asleep, though, and I felt really bad. I guess I should start going to bed earlier instead of writing blog posts. (:

After the visit to Parliament we went back to the coffee shop and had sandwiches and crisps for lunch, which was great. We hung out for a while again and then headed out to the city center to play some music and hopefully start some conversations with people. We had one guy come and try to give us coins, so Pastor Nick got to explain to him why we were out there playing. We also had this really fun guy stop and play his tin whistle in "harmony" to Emily's violin... except his whistle was in the key of D and Emily was playing more in C (which, for those of you who are musically illiterate - like my mother - means they didn't sound good together). So then they played in the key of D and he explained that he taught himself to play when he came out of a coma and "had nothing better to do." Over all we had a lot of fun.

Then we went to the church hall for some wonderful home-cooked pizza and chocolate cake. The cooks here are seriously the best. They deserve a medal or a trophy or something, for real.

After dinner we went to another Free Methodist church in Bangor and led worship for their evening service. It was really great to meet more followers of Jesus and just worship together. God has really laid on our hearts this week the concept of unity within the church and being the family of God, and that is so evident in the way we all just get to love on each other and be a family, even after just meeting. People keep telling us we are anointed for this ministry, and while I'm not entirely sure what that means, I know it's a good thing, and I'm excited to see how our being rooted in Jesus will bear fruit. At the church in Bangor we played a few songs to start us off in worship, which seemed to go really well. Then Lucy and I shared a little bit of our testimonies. After that we played Manifesto - probably my favorite of the songs we brought with us on this trip. Then Jon talked about Jesus healing the blind man, and we closed with 10,000 Reasons. The congregation then prayed for us and for our ministry this week, and then they sang us a very lovely song with harmony and everything, essentially saying "go in peace." It was so great to be with them in their church and to see more church culture.

We stopped at McDonald's, which is actually quite proper here compared to American fast food standards, and then got dropped off at our host homes for the night. Tomorrow we'll meet at the coffee shop again for devotionals led by Dave (Emily Ledford's new name, thanks to Kenny) to start off another great day!

Love and blessings,
~ Kat

Monday, May 19, 2014

Day 4 - Belfast and Lisburn

Well, today was another long day of travel. After a two-hour drive to Dublin and then another two-hour drive north, we finally arrived at Belfast. In Belfast, we met up with Asbury graduate Becca Richards, who rushed us through the city in order to arrive at her church, CFC. We went to CFC to not only see Becca's church, but also to meet Robin Mark. Robin is a Christian songwriter from the 80s and 90s. One of his most well-known songs is "Days of Elijah." We sat down with Robin for a little over an hour and discussed songwriting as well as Irish history with the church. Afterwards, we were picked up by Derek, Nick, and Kenny. From about the time we entered the car until the end of night we could not stop laughing. We found out very quickly that the members of this church had a certain kind of wit that was similar to our own. After the thirty minute drive to the church, we were welcomed with a delicious home-cooked meal of bacon-wrapped chicken, corn, broccoli, and potatoes. It was the best meal we have had this whole trip, hands down. Following the meal, we sat down with the guys who picked us up, as well as a lady named Magda and a few of the youth. During this time, we got to grow closer as a group, not only discussing why we made the trip but also telling a bit of our past. I was the first to be asked about why I made the trip. I discussed about how I felt that our mission as a group was sort of like Paul's letters to the church in the New Testament. We are here to edify the church and to help them grow as they find new ways to reach the community, especially the youth. Having met some of the members today, I still definitely believe this is our mission. Our common band as people is we serve a God of love and truth, and with this in mind we will work together in order to build into each other. The biggest thing I have noticed with this church is the love they have for us. They've only just met us today, but instead of an awkward first meeting, it felt like a family reunion. I've felt that if I take that same common bond into any first time meeting, it will make it all the better. The God that we serve has given us a love that knows no borders, no divisions, and no nationality. It does not matter who you are, God's love defines us all, and the quicker we recognize that, the quicker we can simply welcome each other with open arms.

-Matt Harling

Day 3 - Kat

Well today is actually day four, but yesterday was day three. (: 

Yesterday morning we woke up waaayyyyyyy too early (at least by my standards) and got "lifts" to church. We set up all of our instruments and ran sound check before leading worship, which started at 10. When we started playing Manifesto, there were probably 20 people in the room, and by the time we had finished our worship set there were at least 100! It seems to me that Ireland time is a whole lot like Jon time... Always about 15 minutes later than previously stated. Oh! And it was the most culturally diverse church ever! We counted at least 12 different countries represented. And in just one congregation! 

After the church service we helped tear down the stage and equipment, since the church actually meets in a hotel. They recently bought a new building, but they haven't moved in yet. Anyways, after we helped tear down, we led a workshop on worship team stuff. I led the human knot game and Emily R did the debriefing, which was followed by a talk on a few principles of worship led by Jon. After about 45 minutes we split up into smaller groups. Sarah led a talk on vision for technology in their new church building, Jon led a worship leaders' talk, Emily L and Lucy hung out with the singers, and Micah and I talked to a few musicians about keyboarding. It seems like the seminars were all really productive! 

Yesterday was such a beautiful day that we just had to go to Salt Hill and visit the beach... And it was marvelous. Absolutely amazing. You should definitely check out our pictures on Facebook. 

After the beach we went back to the hotel to wind down for a few minutes... And by "wind down" I mean that everyone else rested while Micah did handstands on the bed. Around 9 we went out for ice cream and then went pub-hopping in search of some traditional Irish music. We heard a Ho Hey cover, a little bit of trad, some jazz, and finished the night with Kenzie3, a cover band who said we could request "any song ever. Except Free Bird." 

At the end of the night we said our official goodbyes, and it was so sad! It's crazy how much you can love people after only being with them for a few days. 

Now we're on a bus to Belfast, where we'll begin the second adventure of our Irish journey! 

Love and blessings, 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Day 2 - Micah

Today we got the great opportunity to go out and play songs on the streets of Galway. This town loves all kinds of music and we got to talk to and meet many new people during this time. After breaking for lunch at the An Tobar Nua cafe, we relaxed some and took a shopping break. A few stores later, Jon bought a flute and we were headed back to the cafe to set up for the worship night later that evening. We got to sit and eat dinner with the staff of the church (who also happened to work at the cafe) while we set up for the event. The workers range from interns from the states to locals of Galway which made for some great conversations. As people began to pile into the small cafe, we couldn’t help but be overcome by the presence of the Lord and what He was going to do tonight. We worshipped with the congregation as two of their music leaders led us in song. As they introduced us to the congregation, I couldn’t help but chuckle at the name “Half Peeled Orange”; which they all knew us by.  Needless to say, we were blessed with an extraordinary  night of worship with our new friends. It’s only day two and God is moving so much already. Plans for tomorrow include leading worship at the church in Galway and teaching their worship team in some small study groups.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Day 1 - Dublin to Galway - Lucy

Hey everybody! So, in case you were all anxiously wondering, we successfully arrived in Dublin, suitcases, guitars, violins, pedal boards, and bodies in tact. Hooray! We took our short flight from Lexington to Charlotte, then waited 4 hours in the airport for our flight to Dublin. Our Dublin flight was about 8 hours, and we were all hoping to get a full night’s sleep on that flight. However, I think most of us got an average of 2 hours of sleep during that entire flight. We arrive in Dublin around 7:15 AM, which would be 2:15 AM Eastern Time. Needless to say, we were a little out of it. But we made it to Ireland! And for that we were super pumped. 

We took a bus from Dublin to Galway, met up with Eric, our local correspondent with the church in Galway, and got to our hotel just in time to throw on a clean shirt and hop onto another bus that would take us to see the Cliffs of Moher. We spent the rest of the day touring the west coast of Ireland (we think). The Cliffs of Moher were absolutely breathtaking. (Hopefully, we’ll get to post some pictures for you soon.) After eating a quick lunch at the cafe there, we all went our own ways and explored the paths that took you around the cliffs. It reminded me of that moment in Pride and Prejudice when Lizzie is standing on the cliff, staring off into the ocean, wind blowing her dress around her ankles, and the beautiful piano music underscoring the scene. Sorry if you haven’t seen that movie, but that is the best way I can describe what it felt like on those cliffs. Seriously, awesome. As we toured the coast, we probably saw about 10 different old castles throughout the countryside, which is also pretty cool. 

When we got back, we went to dinner and all ordered the exact same meal — fish and chips. Nothing like a good Irish dinner. We wandered around for a while trying to find a pub that had live “trad” music playing (traditional irish folk music), but weren’t able to find any tonight. But we will find one before we leave, for sure. I will not leave here without hearing live irish folk music. 

So, now, we are back in our hotel and trying to convince ourselves that we should go to bed after about 34 hours of non-stop travel. :) We don’t need a whole lot of convincing on that one. Tomorrow, we look forward to having our first traditional irish breakfast. We will also be playing worship music in the square and talking with people (which should prove to be very interesting). Then in the evening, we will be leading a worship night at the church here in Galway. Woo! So much to do! So little time! So much Jesus! 

Thanks so much for praying for us! We really appreciate it. We’re having a great time so far, and will continue to keep you updated on what is happening, whenever we have access to WiFi! 

(For the record, Emily R and I have already begun to think in Irish accents… maybe we’ll be able to imitate them by the time we get back.)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Meet the Band: Emily

Hi everyone! My name is Emily, and I’m a vocalist for Half Peeled Orange. I’m now a junior at Asbury University, and I’m a Worship Arts major with a minor in Accounting (so I’m one of those weird people who loves music AND math). I’m super pumped for this trip for so many reasons, but I’m most excited for the opportunity to worship and serve with such an incredible team. God has made it so evident that He has handpicked each member of our team for a specific reason, and I am so blessed to be a part of it. Can’t wait to see how God uses us and works in us as we go out to serve!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Shipping Off in TWO DAYS!

Today is the day! Well... Sort of. 

The band is meeting in Wilmore today to practice music and set lists for our trip. We're going to run through and work on memorizing songs to take to Ireland. Our trip is so incredibly close! 

To our prayer partners, please pray for safe travels today as everyone comes back to Wilmore from their weekend home. Also please pray that we would be effectively preparing our hearts for this trip and all that God may have in store for us in the coming weeks. 

Thank you so much for your support! More updates to come! 

Love and blessings, 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Countdown Begins...

In just two weeks we will be on a plane on our way to Dublin, Ireland! With classes wrapping up and finals coming quickly, I didn't realize the trip was so soon!

As we get closer to the trip, there is a lot of planning that goes on. Jon, Micah, and I have been working hard to get the details figured out, from bus and train tickets to meals and host homes. I never knew there were so many details to a trip like this!

Since the money for our trip is officially due today, I thought I'd let everyone know that we are FULLY FUNDED! God is so good! We have so many amazing people in our lives who helped this dream trip become a reality, and we could not be more appreciative. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and financial support that are making this trip happen!

I'll be updating the blog little by little in the next few days to give you all an idea of what we will be doing in Ireland, as well as posting daily (hopefully) while we are gone. Please keep us in your prayers as finals approach and as we finished planning this trip. Thanks again!

Love and blessings,

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Meet the Band: Emily Royster

I'm Emily and I play violin for Half Peeled Orange :)
I love being outside, rock climbing, playing music with my brother, and traveling.
I am also sophomore at Asbury following my passions by studying Worship Arts and Adventure Leadership. I am so glad that we get the opportunity to go to Ireland and see what God is up to over there. Every time we rehearse as a band I get more and more excited to go.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support! We really appreciate you!

Meet the Band: Lucy

Hey everyone, I'm Lucy Allen, and I'm a vocalist on the band. I'm a senior at Asbury University majoring in Theatre and Cinema Performance. Yeah, I'm an actor. I love all forms of music, spending time with people I love, and reading classic literature. I'm so excited to be a part of this group traveling to Northern Ireland! Leading worship is one of my special passions. I love to see people freely expressing themselves to worship Jesus. It's a beautiful thing. I can't wait to see what Jesus has in store for this trip, and I sincerely thank all of you who have already shown your support by giving financially and praying for us. Please continue to do so! God bless!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Meet the Band: Matt Harling

Hello world! My name is Matt Harling and I play the drums for Half Peeled Orange. I'm a junior at Asbury, even though this is my first year here. I'm a Media Communications major with an emphasis in Audio. I grew up in Chicago, so I love everything Chicago... except for the Cubs. I also love my family (obviously) and my girlfriend of the past 4 years, Carly. And, most importantly, I love Jesus, who took my sins to the cross and died by taking my punishment, then rose again in glorious day, conquering sin forever.

This trip to Northern Ireland will be the first missions trip for me. When I was told that I was going on the trip, I was excited and tried so hard to not burst into screaming excitement because I was still in the meeting. I have been to Europe a few times, but I cannot wait to go there and serve.

Please continue to pray for our group as we prepare to travel and that our hearts are open to all the good works God has in store for us. I cannot wait to be used as a tool for God's grand plan!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Meet the Band: Micah

Hello everybody! My name is Micah Pace and I am the leader of the Asbury Worship Band (a.k.a Half Peeled Orange) that is going to Ireland! I am a junior at Asbury University, am a part of the Asbury Eagles baseball team and I am studying Worship Arts and  Media Communications here. I have been able to be a part of getting to lead worship since junior year of high school and I never could have imagined God would open as many doors as He has through music. He has taught me so much in just three years about myself, the Church and who He is. I still can't believe that He has given us this opportunity to go to Ireland and get to know the people and the Church on a personal level over there. We get to help them develop their music teams/production teams and help them understand that leading worship is not something we should take lightly. We are so thankful for this opportunity that God has given us and we want to thank everyone for the support (through prayer and financially) that you all have given. We ask that you continue to pray for us as we continue on this journey! We will be posting videos and photos of the trip so stick around!

God Bless,

Meet the Band: Sarah

Hey guys! My name is Sarah McDonald and I am in charge of everything audio and tech on our trip. I am a double major in Worship Arts (music and media) and Media Communications (audio production). Just a little about me, I love Jesus and chocolate! Also I love to sing, be outdoors, and be with my family and friends!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Meet the Band: Kat

Hey all! For the next few days we are going to be posting band member bios so you can learn more about our team! So... here we go. I'll start us off.

I'm Kat! I play keyboard in the band and I do a lot of the administrative work. I am a freshman at Asbury and I am majoring in Worship Arts and Media Communications. I love music, my little brother, and especially Jesus! Although I am a musician, my real passion is graphic design (hence the media communications major). I am super excited to go to Ireland with this awesome team and see what God has in store for the Kingdom along the way!

I really appreciate your prayers for this trip! It's going to be amazing and we couldn't do it without all of the spiritual and financial support of our friends and family!

love and blessings,

Monday, April 7, 2014

Get Involved!

If you would like to join us in this ministry, we welcome you to do so in two ways:

1) Please be praying for us! Pray that we would keep our hearts open to receive God and all of His plans for this trip. Pray that God would be preparing our hearts and the hearts of those we will meet in Ireland. Pray that we will be ready and able to do His work.

2) If you feel led to contribute financially to this mission, you can send a check to:
New Hope International Ministries
One Macklem Drive
Wilmore, KY 40390
Please include a note that says "Ireland." Any and all donations help us immensely, no matter the amount. By the way, your contributions are tax deductible!

Thank you so much for your support! Check back to this blog for more updates as we get closer to our trip.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Almost St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser Concert

Hi everyone! Today we are just 4 days away from our fundraiser concert... How crazy! If you're in the area of Asbury University, we would love for you to stop by! We will be playing a bunch of great songs, having a bake sale, and there will be an awesome photo booth. All of the proceeds from this concert will go toward our trip to Ireland in May. Tickets are just $3. Please come, and bring all of your friends!

If you are interested in helping with this concert, there are plenty of opportunities to join in! First and foremost we need prayer; please pray that we can at least break even with the cost/gain of this concert. Also be praying that we as a band are able to give a great show and host a fun event.

Also, we are in desperate need of baked goods to sell during the event. If you are skilled in the area of baking (or even mediocre... or you can read a recipe) please consider donating some baked goods to our efforts! You can drop them off in the Grille the night of the concert or any of the band members can arrange to pick up any donations.

We do have a few other opportunities for helpers, as well. We need ushers to take tickets, helpers to decorate before the concert, big strong men to help us load in equipment, and people to work the tables such as the photo booth, temporary tattoo station, and the bake sale. If you would like to do any of these odd jobs for us, please contact anyone in the band and we'll get you connected.

We are so excited for this event, and we can't wait to see you Monday night at 8pm up in the Grille!

love and blessings,

Friday, February 28, 2014

A message from Lucy!

Hello everyone!

I'm Lucy, and I'm a vocalist for Half Peeled Orange. (ha, I can't even take myself seriously when I type that out.) I am so excited about this trip we are taking to Ireland, and I wanted to share a little bit about what God's been speaking to me about it.

The truth of the matter is that God has called this group of people to go to Northern Ireland. Honestly, I don't know what to expect, but I know that, because He has called us there, He will be working. And I cannot wait to meet the beautiful extension of God's church in Northern Ireland. Incredible! I have a hard time believing that it is actually happening!

Honestly, the biggest thing I've been sensing from God is the importance of us, as worship leaders,  embracing the spirit of humility. None of this is about us. We are all instruments in the grand orchestra that God is conducting. It's about the Kingdom of God coming on earth. Oh, how I long for that! When hearts will be healed. When pain will be eased. When all that we do is defined by the Agape love of Christ.

More than anything, I pray that God would use us to simply love the people we encounter, that we would be open to the work He is doing in our own hearts, not just in the hearts of the people there. And I pray that God would use us to further His Kingdom on earth.

And I believe He will.

Will you join me in praying the Prayer of St. Francis for our team? It truly embodies what God has for us, I think.

Lord, make us an instrument of your peace. 
Where there is hatred, let us sow love. 
Where there is injury, pardon. 
Where there is doubt,  faith. 
Where there is despair, hope. 
Where there is darkness, light. 
Where there is sadness, joy!

Oh, Divine Master, grant that we may

Not so much seek to be consoled as to console, 
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love. 
For it's in giving that we receive. 
And it's in pardoning that we are pardoned. 
And it's in dying that we are born to eternal life. 


--St. Francis of Assisi

Would you also pray about donating to our trip? It's going to cost around $2500 for each person, and, Lord knows, none of us has that. :) We're just trusting God to provide. You can make checks out to New Hope International Ministries and send them to: 

New Hope International Ministries
One Macklem Drive
Wilmore, KY 40390

Thanks for following our blog and reading! We appreciate all of the support that has been shown to us thus far. It's encouraging and really blesses us. 

May God give you grace and peace in every moment. 


Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Road to Ireland (Promo Video)

Great news from HPO today: we now officially have a promo video!

We've spent the last two weeks gathering up video and audio for this, and I'm very excited to finally release it! Please share this link to get the word out about our trip.

Also, here's a funny picture of Micah for your enjoyment.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support!

Love and blessings,

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Almost St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser Concert

At practice tonight we discovered that we are only ten days away from our fundraiser concert... Everything is happening so quickly!

Please help us raise money for our trip by promoting this concert! Share it with your friends, join the Facebook event, and come support us on March 10th in the Grille!

Also please be praying that this event goes smoothly and that we surrender the whole night to God. We are hoping for a great turn out!

Tickets will be sold outside the caf March 6, 7, and 10, as well as at the door the night of the concert.

If you are interested in helping with this event, we need baked goods! We are having a bake sale and are in dire need of people to bake and bring cookies, brownies, and anything else you feel like baking!

See you March 10th!
Love and blessings,

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Meet the Band!

Happy Thursday! We're so glad you're checking out our blog! 

We had a great time last night in The Loft rehearsing and worshipping together, as well as recording some shots and audio for our video! For those of you who don't know the entire band, here we are: 

Left to right: Kat, keys; Emily, violin; Becca, bass; Lucy, vocals;
Matt, drums; Emily, vocals; Micah, leader; Brandon, electric
 Our very own Sarah McDonald took these lovely pictures, as well as the videos shot last night, and we had a friend come in to record sound. Final product to come! 

In the meantime, enjoy some pictures of us! (:

Emily and Micah
Last night we also had the privilege of hanging out with Becca, a recent Asbury grad who is currently living in Belfast, Ireland. She told us a lot about the culture in Ireland and gave us some great tips to keep in mind as we prepare our hearts for this trip. (Oh, and she also played bass guitar in the band!) Thanks so much, Becca! 

This week, please be praying for us to have ears to hear. We all know that God is speaking to us about this trip, and we are all very eager to listen to what he has to say. We appreciate you keeping us in your prayers! 

Check back soon for more updates. (:

Love and blessings,

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Welcome to our blog! We are so thrilled that you are supporting us on this journey!

Today we are 84 days away from leaving for Northern Ireland, and we are so excited to see how God is already moving this trip along! We will be recording a promotional video tonight and posting it here very soon so you all can learn a little more about us.

We hope for this blog to be a resource for our partners in ministry to utilize. We will be posting band member profiles, updates, and prayer requests here for you all.

If you have already sent us financial support or are praying for us, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Every ounce of support helps us so incredibly much and gets us closer to our final goal.

If you have not yet joined us as partners for this mission trip, we would like to extend an invitation to you to join us now! We are in desperate need of partners in this ministry. If you would like to join us, first and foremost we ask you to pray for this trip and all that God is planning to do through it. If you are able or willing to take the next step, we would love for you to give to this ministry. You can make checks out to New Hope International Ministries and send them to:
New Hope International Ministries
One Macklem Drive
Wilmore, KY 40390
and include a note that says "Ireland Trip" (or something along those lines.) All donations are tax deductible!

Thank you all again for all of your support! We are so excited to have you all as partners in this ministry!

Love and blessings,