Ok... so this is new for us!... We have never done anything where we've stepped out in faith and asked for THIS much help! However, Travis (the husband) and I have felt called to be a part of something HUGE!
The Florida Worship Choir and Orchestra isa choir and orchestra made up of 400+ musicians, singers, techs, worship leaders, pastors and more... From all over the state of Florida! Travis and I joined the choir in 2011 and were honored to be a part of the Praise Team that year, 2012 and this year! We have a 2 day retreat, full of devotions, rehearsals, blocking, arranging and a concert to kick start the year, which is followed by 4-5 worship experiences through out the rest of the year! However... this year is a bit different!...
With your support, we can plant the Seed of Truth. From May 30th -June 4th, God has opened a door for us to travel to New York City! Once there, we will be split into groups where we will work with local churches to help plant the seed of Christ. The Florida Worship Choir and Orchestra will also have the opportunity to sing in Central Park and in the middle of Time Square...where tens of thousands of people commute through every day! We also have been blessed with the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall and at Brooklyn Tabernacle! Lord willing, our entire group will have the chance to build a relationship with the lost people of New York, while sharing Jesus through our actions, words, and music.
We are writing you to ask for your support in a couple of ways, most importantly for prayer. Your prayers for this trip are nothing short of vital. Prayer taps into the power of God, which has no limit. Please ask God to ready the minds and hearts of all involved, including the messengers. While NYC is flashy and can be fun, we are not going there as tourists. We are going to plant a seed. Pray that the seed planted will land on good soil, and one day produce fruit and multiply.
However, the message will not be delivered without a messenger. This is your chance to take part in spreading the good news of salvation to the ends of the earth. We are starting at $0. While this could look like the worst timing on paper (tax season is oh-so-much-fun for independent contractors), we have a peace and much faith that He will provide! We have to raise $600 before February 6 for our hotel, and then still have to raise another $4,400 (airfare, food, transportation, etc) before March 15, 2014. Any financial assistance would be greatly appreciated. Furthermore, you are investing in eternal, incorruptible treasure in Heaven. If you are able to send funds, please do so in the form of a check, and make the check payable to the First Baptist Church of Kissimmee with "Attn: Travis & Takara Pate". The address of the church is 1700 N. John Young Parkway Kissimmee, FL 34741. If you prefer, you may also donate by visiting this site! :)
We appreciate any and all help as we make this big leap of faith and say "yes" to this call. We thoroughly believe that if the church has a great worship program, they'll have an even greater witness! With how active and passionate we are about worshipping the One who created us and blessed us with the musical abilities we possess, we are feeling called to be a part of His mission in His big way!
Travis & Takara
Below is a video of Travis and I on the Praise Team 2 years ago with the Florida Worship Choir and Orchestra!
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