The Summit wrapped up late last night.  Carlie and I have been so glad that we were able to be a part of the weekend.  Our reason for coming (besides learning from the sessions) was to invite other artists to join with us in our mission to build the orphanage.  Overall, I was incredibly encouraged by the response we received.  It is kind of funny-I feel as if I’m leaving this weekend with some great friends.  And that is how I want to minister…with friends. I fully believe that the relationships built this weekend are the foundation to the orphanage floor.  We talked about doing a beggartown compilation album and accompanying tour.  Maybe I shouldn’t have said that yet.  Please continue to pray for the relationships birthed this weekend.  I know this is just the beginning of some good days ahead.    Here are some pics from yesterday.  These are a just a handful of the great people we met.  I should have taken more pics.  

Rob Blackwell- you must check out his music.  Incredibly talented man!  I’ve been singing his song, “So Long” all weekend.  I am really looking forward to our future endeavors in music and life.  

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Holly Starr and Shawn (or Sean or Suon or Shown) from Washington state.  Holly just came out with a sweet video that you should check out.  We like them!  

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Matthew Clark from Oxford, MS.  He shared a song that he wrote about a group of people who went to a brothel and “bought” all the women for the day so they could live a normal life (go bowling and things of that genre) for 24 hours.  The title of the song is, “You can keep your clothes on tonight”.  Good writer.  Good guy.

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Martin Adu.  This man is a singer/minister from the Netherlands.  He flew all this way just to take this picture.  That’s dedication.

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The CIA Summit ended with my complete and bitter defeat at the 2009 Momentum Awards.  I was nominated for Acoustic Artist of the Year.  The winner was the one I was hoping would win, Nathan Clark George.  He also won Album of the Year for “Pull up a Chair”.  He is an acoustic artist through and through.  He kind of reminds me of a Christian James Taylor.  You should definitely check him out.  He travels full time in a RV with his wife and 5 kids (1 on the way).  That’s insane!  Carlie, my mom, aunt and uncle, and cousins took me out to dinner to celebrate my defeat.  Here’s a video from our dinner: