Friday, April 30, 2010
The biggest question we get is "when do you guys leave for Bolivia?" and our answer is "when our house sells". So we just want to let everyone know that we would appreciate you saying a prayer for our home to sell soon so we can move forward. We know God's timing is perfect and that we are in a unique season right now. We are enjoying a lot of quality time together as a family as Lowell is no longer employed at the church and is at home until we move. Other than continuing to teach a few guitar and drum lessons Lowell is spending as much time with the kids and Shay as possible. We have also been going on mini trips to see friends and family to say our goodbyes before we move (hopefully sometime this summer). We have our last scheduled trip to Brenham, Frost, Dallas/Mansfield/Denton area coming up May 6-14. This will be a time to see a lot of family and friends and we are looking forward to it! If you live near any of those areas and would like to try and see us let us know. Thanks again for keeping up with us - we covet your prayers and friendship!
Posted by Lowell Ballew at 6:11 AM
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
We just want to give an update to everyone and say that the concert that Clear Creek Community Church (home church) gave us was a huge success! Our Sr. Pastor Bruce Wesley approached me about 2 months ago asking me what I thought of the church doing this for us and I said "YES - this would be a perfect send-off and fund raiser for our family!" And that's exactly what it was. It was a time for me to play music with some very talented musicians from CCCC who I've been able to do life with over the past 11 yrs. and provide a really fun concert close to 800 friends from CCCC who came to the show! The guys in the band were: Jamie Chambers (drums), Richard Denson (drums), Russ Hatcher (bass), John Boyle (guitar), Rob Brownfield (fiddle) And as well other music staff like Brad Loser (piano/keys/vocals), Keri Lilley (keys/vocals), Kevin Hester (vocals), Duane Theriot (vocals), and Daniel Vencil (guitars/vocals). And there were countless others who helped volunteer tons of hours in the tech arts - Lighting, Media, Video, Sound, Greeters, Ticket & Support Table hosts. I want to say a huge thanks to these guys for making this an incredible and memorable experience that was an amazing blessing to our family. One of the most memorable moments of the night was me having the opportunity to play music with my three sons, Aidan, Liam, and Jude! We rocked the stage with a mean blues riff with Liam on drums, Aidan on bass, and Jude on electric. It was a truly proud moment! The concert raised $18,000 for our family to help us in or support raising efforts to live and serve in Cochabamba, Bolivia. We have been given enough money thus far to almost have 1 yr. worth of salary. We will continue to trust God to provide ALL of our needs along the way.
Posted by Lowell Ballew at 8:40 PM
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Well we have just spent the day fixing a few broken doors and drawers and have also been cleaning and organizing the house like mad and are dog tired now. Tomorrow is open house and we have been praying for a buyer and hope tomorrow shows some results. Our main prayer request is that we could sell the home by the end of April. This would be ideal to help us save as much money as possible toward our support raising efforts.
Posted by Lowell Ballew at 9:45 PM