Living Outside of the Time and Space Continuum

Sometimes 24 hours can feel like a cold glass of water on a hot summers day.

IMG_9542For instance, before we arrived in Nashville, TN, Sylvia (our traveler from Green Bay, WI) mentioned that she knew a family in town and a few texts later we were invited over for a home cooked meal. ¬†We made our way to the far east side of town to the Young family home. Steve, his wife Laura, daughter Audrey, and a few other young people all welcomed us.¬†They shared their love for music and how they were in Mexico on mission for 15 years and how they transitioned 4 years ago to Nashville. Later Steve brought out the guitars and we all had a go round. Rhys (our traveler from Australia) especially shocked everyone with a fantastic song, offering us all a chance to chant along with him as he “Oh oh oh oh oh’d.”

Jeni's IcecreamThe next day, we wanted to offer our fellow travelers a taste of the local fare, so¬†Jeni’s Ice cream¬†was a top priority, then later we would head downtown for “Live on the Green,” a free concert featuring the band, Head and the Heart. We arrived at Jeni’s and made for the counter to try all of the exotic flavors, things like; Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Wild Berry Lavender and Goat Cheese with Red Cherries. You really can’t go wrong with any flavor but the best part of going to Jeni’s is the tasting before you commit. All six of us were dominating the counter and I glanced over and saw a couple waiting patiently. I invited them to get in on the tasting and soon after they were requesting Jeni’s unique flavors. At one point, I asked the lady how her “Black Coffee” sample tasted. She took a lick, smiled, said it was fantastic and handed it to me to taste. At first, I hesitated as she had licked the spoon just prior but then I shrugged my shoulders and took the spoon from her hand and I ate it. It tasted great but I was so curious about the interaction. It felt right, like family but she was a total stranger. She smiled and went back to tasting. I convinced her to get the Bangkok Peanut and she and her husband sat down.

We finished ordering and when it came time to find a seat Craig and I naturally sat down by our new friends, Phil and Dawn. Within moments we were sharing in community.¬†Phil had on a shirt with the “Mercy Ships” logo.¬†We recognized it and began to ask him about his time with them.¬†They spoke the same language as we did about life, faith and love.¬†Our conversation probably only lasted about 30 minutes but the words of encouragement and understanding will last us a life time. ¬†We sent them off with CD’s and quoted my Papa letting them know we’d see them again, ‘Here, There or in the Air.’ Later that evening, Dawn wrote an e-mail with an affirmation of financial blessing which totally caught us off guard. ¬†She¬†also told us of a group called Provision International and Thunder School who were living intentionally, serving the poor and sharing music in Nashville. She mentioned that they were serving a meal and we should go down and meet the community.

We were curious and decided to visit on our way down to the concert. We arrived and the students welcomed us, inviting us to sit in and enjoy the meal, meet the locals and serve alongside them. In a city where so many are struggling to make a name for themselves, it was a delight to see kinfolk committed to caring for their neighbors, meeting both physical and spiritual needs.

Nashville, TNEventually, we ended up making our way down to the concert which was jam-packed with about 20,000 people in the court-yard area. The band was lovely but the highlight of the night was sitting and sharing a moment with one of our Nashville/muso friends, Lauryn Peacock. We met Lauryn at Cornerstone Music festival in 2011 and have found kinship with her ever since. She is a compassionate, creative, thoughtful and beautiful woman. She is the kind of person you could sit by a campfire for hours with, solving all of the problems of the world and every time we see her we are encouraged.

If we could we would live outside of the time and space continuum. We would see no beginning and no end. Meaning that every mile we have traveled would have significance not because of the distance but because it leads us back to you. By eliminating time as a factor in friendship we would¬†view every human being as our closest friend and love them like a brother/sister.¬†It’s probably a little esoteric and nearly impossible but we carry a glimpse of this ideal into our everyday life and by doing so experience the most beautiful and divine interactions.¬†I suppose time and space have its place in this world under heaven. However, for us it really only emphasis all the ways that we are connected in the span of a 24 hour period, minds blown!

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Here we Roll

We’re rolling on down to Texas over the next month. We’ll have two new friends riding the bus with us.

1780901_212370275619978_1126500491_n Rhys Duursma, whom we met while visiting God Squad in Glenrowan, Vic, AUST. He’s the son of our host family and drummer in the rock and roll band, The Quick and The Dead. During our short time with them, we found a commonality in our faith and music. Rhys is a contemplative and thoughtful person with a great sense of humor. He began to dialogue with us about coming on board for a time back in April. The timing worked out and he’ll be riding with us from Chicago through to Austin.

10531211_10204260418494729_1692708406_nSylvia Christensen is a native of Green Bay, WI and a starting her second year at UWGB. We’ve known Sylvia and her family for the last ten years and have watched her blossom into a beautiful woman. She’s gifted in music, compassion and has a deep desire to use her gifts and talents to impact others. Last summer when Sylvia was contemplating what to do with her future, we offered her an open door to ride and learn with us. This summer the timing worked out and she’ll be on board from Chicago through to Hot Springs, AR.

Our itinerary is as follows:

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Aug 13 Milwaukee WI, Benefit concert for dear friends who are adopting a child

Aug 15 Waukegon Public Library concert Waukegon, IL

Aug 16 We pick up Rhys at Chicago O’hare,¬†who will be riding with us through to Austin, TX

Aug 17 Music at Risen Savior, and later that afternoon Sylvia Christianson for her two weeks on the bus)

Aug 18 Indy, IN (visit with dear friends)

Aug 19 Lexington, KY Listening Session hosted by the Wayfaring Family. (We met Annie through Twitter. She and her family traveled the world for one year, and she writes a travel blog about their time on the road. It will be our first time meeting them in person) Also connecting with Sean Gladding and the rest of the Communality kinfolk.

Aug 20-22 Nashville, TN, connecting with new and old muso friends

Aug 23 Travel day, possible stop to visit the Hedlund family.

Aug 24-29 Coffeyville, KS, Humanities program with Coffeyville Community College, workshop on Australian Bush Songs. Super excited about this as Rhys is from the same town¬†as one of Australia’s best known outlaws, Ned Kelly. (Coffeyville is where the Dalton gang was taken down.)

Aug 30-Sept 1 Hot Springs, AR Connecting with the Rogers family, like-minded kinfolk who we met through a music festival called Cornerstone. House concert on the 30th.

Sept 2 Monroe, LA Meeting for the first time, share a meal with staff and parking with New Life Community Church

Sept 3-5 Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans, LA. (a few days of rest and exploration)

Sept 6-8 Lafayette, LA House concert, Stoked to visit with our former bus rider, Chaz Jones and his Masters Commission community.

Sept 9 Arriving in Austin TX and setting up life for a four-month stay. After three years full time on the road we are looking forward to this extended stay. We are hoping to use our time connecting with friends from past stop overs, and our main desire is to create and record a third album. On a side note, we are hoping to finish off some of our bus conversion, namely our bathroom shower and hot water heater.

So far 2014 has been an intense year, touring Australia, a two month trek across the country with fellow travelers, Greg and Jeffery, working at camp all summer long and now a one month trip down to Austin, TX. We have experienced the lows and highs of life, seen hope in the midst of hard times, met some of the most inspiring folks along the way, and found that through it all, as each day comes, we have just what we need, when we need it, sometimes to share and sometimes just for ourselves.

As we go into the mystery of the rest of this year, we would be so delighted if you would consider partnering with us. Your help on this leg of the journey would be affirming and appreciated.  You can do so through our Modern Day Missions Fund.