A year ago, I embarked on my journey with 10,000 Fathers Worship School in hopes of refining my gifting for worship leadership and uncovering what God has placed inside of me in this area of my life. Worship has always had a special place in my relationship with God, and it has been a frequent ministry outlet in my life as I have walked with the Lord. Getting to be a part of the worship school has been such a gift. I have learned so much about myself, God, and have grown in my ability to steward the gifts I have been given in order to bring glory to His name and the people around me into closer relationship with Him. I’ve even been challenged to write my own worship songs - some of which I have been able to bless my immediate community here in Atlanta with. It’s been really special.
One of the most important things God has been teaching me through the school is that in Him, I truly lack nothing. During track one, we did a sunrise hike up Stone Mountain and sat in silent prayer for a while. I was watching a hawk circle around the mountain and God reminded me of the parable of the birds of the air and flowers of the field, and how much more He provides for and thinks of me. Experiences like this are what have set worship school apart from all other musical training I have received - it’s not about perfection or striving for some goal, even though I have goals and want to bring excellence before the Lord every time I pick up an instrument or raise a song in praise. Rather, it’s about cultivating a deeper understanding of who God is and who I am in light of that, and living from a place of abundance that can only come from believing that truth. And then, expressing that in the best way I am able so that others can experience that freedom too.
On a personal note, some unexpected circumstances occurred in Brad and I’s life this summer. In July, God blessed us with our first house, a sweet gift we had been praying for over a year for. Two weeks later, Brad lost his job - our primary source of income. Then something crazy happened - God provided him with another job not even two weeks later! We were so blessed by this provision and it served to only confirm that God truly is the abundant provider that He says He is. The timing has not worked out favorably for school, however, and due to the delay in income we had to use the remainder of our savings to cover our first round of bills and mortgage for our new home.
I am set to begin my final track (third semester) of worship school this month, and will dive into leadership training that will allow me to cultivate my ability to lead both other musicians and congregations into His presence through song. I’m incredibly excited for the opportunities and growth this will bring. I don’t have an answer as to why this timing has worked out the way it has, but as I have sought wise counsel and prayed about continuing with school right now, I have been met with an abundance of “yes”, and am confident that God is going to make a way just as He has so many times. Right now, I’m trusting God to provide $2,500.00 so I am able to pay my full tuition and participate in the final track. Would you consider giving a financial gift so I can continue with what God has called me to?
As I wait upon the Lord, I know that I am strengthened and believe I am waiting to be amazed. If you’d like to hear more about the worship school and what I’ve been working on, feel free to email me at [email redacted] or check out my youtube page where I have been posting my songs.
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