This was a full day.  It will be tough to share all that we experienced today at the Summit.  The conference speakers were indeed helpful but it was the relationships built and the conversations had that made the trip thus far worth it.  I have been reminded again how grassroots our organization is.  Our community will never be built by some advertising campaign or national exposure.  We will build this orphanage through single conversations and through selling one shirt and one CD at a time.  I kept hearing over and over our different our mission is.  We ain’t Nashville.  This is a good thing.  Many artists can’t comprehend giving their hard earned merchandise proceeds to some organization that can’t return the favor.  But this is the call of Haggai.  This is the call of Beggartown.  May God grant us the strength to keep giving with no thought in our minds of receiving in return.  I saw the eyes of several incredibly talented artists come alive as they were talking about using their music to make a difference for the Kingdom of Christ.  That is why we came this weekend.  

By far the most incredible conversation I had today was with Father Norman.  He is a 70-something year old weather-beaten man with a 20 inch stringy white beard, leather jacket, and eye patch.  He told me that he accepted Christ a few years back in the warehouse where the conference was being held.  It belongs to a ministry called Provision International that helps and feeds the hungry and hurting in downtown Nashville.  Father Norman continued to tell me about a worship service that he attended in that same building a week after his coming to the Lord.  His right shin was filled with bone cancer and was so crooked and curved that he had to cut his pants to fit his legs into them.  As he sat in the service the music seemed to drown out and he heard a loud voice say, “Get up and walk!”.  So he did.  He knew as soon as he was an inch off his chair that his leg was completely healed.  An arch shaped shin was transformed into a straight and healthy leg!  God is doing a work there.  Now Father Norman is serving in the ministry that showed him life.  Please be in prayer for Pastor Scott MacLeod as he continues to minister to the people in downtown Nashville through Provision International.   Scott spoke this morning and brought a great challenge for Kingdom-minded ministry that uses the arts to give to those in need.  Needless to say, I liked what he said.  

But now it’s 1:04 am and we have another long day tomorrow.  I’ll make sure to bring my camera to give you some sights to these words.  Goodnight…