Updated: Jul 24, 2018
Hello Friends and Family! I thought it might be a good idea to put together a little message to give an update about the year that Angel Army just experienced and where we are headed as a ministry. 2017 started of with Angel Army being asked to perform their rendition of Little Drummer Boy on the main stage at Cornerstone on January 1st!! In over 13 years of attending Cornerstone, this is the FIRST time that we have ever seen them put students on stage like this... and they NAILED IT!! They played in 2 services in front of 2000+ people and live video feeds reached several thousand more people!! So proud of them!
The next few months were spent leading worship for the 5th and 6th grade ministry as they have done for the past 3+ years and of course, we always try to get everyone together outside of the typical grind of rehearsals for some fun hang time.
Summertime brought a new experience for the group as they had the opportunity to lead worship for the Scottsdale and San Tan campuses for their family VBS programs!
Our good friend Upton at Unity Design hooked the group up with an awesome logo design... we now have T-shirt’s and stickers available for purchase... all proceeds go toward helping students get to Camp Electric!! Upton is also working on putting together a website for the ministry... stay tuned for that!
A week after leading worship for the family VBS programs, we were off to Nashville for Camp Electric!! This year, we had 6 students and 3 adult chaperones go. Last year was 5 students and 2 chaperones and we already have 12 students signed up to attend in 2018 with more that are interested!! I lead a room of 13 boys... the bond within the group was amazing!! We still chat on occasion and I pray for them all often! A few of the students that I met on the trip are signed up again this year and requested to be in my room again!!
After Camp Electric, we turned our focus toward the students recording their first worship album and lots of work in the background as we prepared and submitted all the documentation for Angel Army Ministries to become 501c3 certified!! We are fully approved and certified by the state of Arizona and expect to hear back from the federal government any time now!! I could not have gotten this done without the help of my good friend, Matt Towers!! Thank so much for all you have done Matt!! The students played a couple big shows at the beginning of December... Shop the Lot at Cornerstone and then they lead Worship at a Worship night that was hosted by Hamilton High School!! We experienced technical difficulties for both shows, but the students all handled it like pros!! If anything stressed them out about the situations... it was me!!
As we move on to 2018, there are so many things to be excited about, yet I also can’t help but be a little nervous as we move into uncharted territory! We are going to continue recording the cd and will also record and produce the first couple original songs for the group.
We have new partnerships forming and amazing opportunities for growth at our fingertips!! There is a lot to do and I pray that the students will continue to grow in their faith, in their musical abilities, in their leadership skills and that the ministry as a whole would always glorify God in everything we do!!
If you are considering making any year end charitable donations, would you consider investing in the lives, growth and future of our students? All proceeds go toward helping them get to Camp Electric where they have an opportunity to grow in their faith and musically as worship leaders!
We have opened a special account dedicated to Angel Army Ministries and have attached it to a PayPal account to provide a secure way for people to make donations.
Here is the link if you feel like you would like to partner with us... https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=AV7YCB5P9YXBG Thank you so much for reading this update and please continue to pray for us all as we move in to the new year!! Exciting things are coming!!
Joe “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NIV