One week from today I will be aboard my flight to India. I am sure you are thinking, “It’s about time!” I have to admit, I am feeling a little anxious. I can tell by the way I react to the people and situations I have encountered this past week. The good news, I have a "small" distraction this weekend as I head to New York with 25 wonderful people from my choir and community.
In just a few hours we will be headed to Lincoln and flying to Newark to spend the weekend in Mid-town Manhattan and Ocean Grove. I have the privilege of being one of nine guest conductors for the 62nd Ocean Grove Choral Festival on the Jersey Shore in New Jersey. First we will spend a day and a half in New York, see a few sights and go to see “Aladdin” on Broadway. We head to Ocean Grove on Saturday night and then will be part of the festival on Sunday. The festival choir is made up of 800 voices. That’s right, I will be conducting a choir of 800. They will be singing one of my compositions published by Lorenz called “This Is Love.” I hope to get a video I can share when it is all over. I can’t even imagine what it will be like but I am thrilled to have around 20 of my choir members there singing in the festival choir.
We will return to reality on Monday and then I will have a mad scamper to get everything done before I head back out on Thursday. Please pray I can accomplish everything I need without driving my lovely wife insane. It seems SO many unanticipated things have come up in the last two weeks and I know none of them are a surprise to God so I need to grab hold of Him and by faith venture out. This has been a growing experience for me and I am sure the lessons are not over. Isn’t that what life is all about? Being willing to step out in faith, take a risk and see where He will lead and what He will do!
Thanks for going on this journey with me and continue to pray as I prepare for my departure day. One last note of good news, I got an email from Abraham last week and the books that some of you have donated money to purchase have arrived at the college. For now they sit in a box waiting for me to come and deliver them to the students.
Until next time!
This blog will journal my experiences as I prepare to go overseas this July and teach at the Asian Christian College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in India.