We spent this weekend worshipping with the students at Houston’s First Baptist Church.  We came in for the Student Missions Conference.  It was a great event.  The purpose of the weekend was to train and equip the students for their summer mission trips to San Antonio, San Diego, and Chile.  The theme of the weekend was “Put Your Words Away”, which was taken from my song “Beggartown”.  It really meant a great deal to me that they would use it!  Walker Moore, from Awestar ministries, brought the messages.  His words were filled with an equal balance of inspiration and challenge.  That man sure has some stories of God’s hand on the mission field.  I was asked to lead a few sessions on the relationship between worship and missions.  I have never thought that speaking was my gift but I didn’t tell anyone that.  I taught my favorite biblical story: King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20.  This weekend was very special to me because my grandpa pastored the church for almost 30 years.  He had a hand in beginning a great legacy of missions in the church and I was grateful to have a very small role in helping to continue it.

I was lucky to have a great band join with us this weekend.  So…thanks band!  I have been trying to get Stu Smith to play electric with me for about 5 years and it finally worked out this weekend.  Stu first played with me when he was in seventh grade and now he is an absolute maniac on guitar.  One of my best friends, Mike Bubeck of Via Maris, played bass.  Mike just got back from serving in Japan as a missionary for over 3 years.  I thought he would be an appropriate choice for a missions conference.  Back on the drums we had Beji George.  He really humbled me with his desire to give and serve over the weekend.  He’s my new best friend…sorry Mike.

Please be in prayer for the students and student staff (Doug, Zac, and Harlie) at Houston’s First Baptist as they continue to engage the city of Houston and the places they will serve this summer with the great Gospel of Christ.