Concert #2 Report

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The second concert in the Texas Country Boys Ukrainian Tour was played in Kropyvnytskyi, a city of 230,000. As soon as the doors of the concert hall were opened to the waiting crowd it was evident that it would be a full house. People streamed in to find seats and they filled both the floor and the balcony.
In an exciting side note, a married couple from a city a 3 hour drive away came and reported that they had trusted Jesus when they attended the Singing Men of Texas concert in the Spring of this year. The couple has since become active members of a local church fellowship and brought a car load of lost friends to the concert last night in the hope that they too might come to Jesus.
For many in last night’s concert event it was a first introduction to Country Music. For many more it was a first introduction to the concept of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 498 people recorded positive responses when Michael Gott gave an invitation to trust Jesus. The local church is eager to begin to follow up with each person who turned in a response card.

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Concert #1 Report

image3The Texas Country Boys and Michael Gott opened their Ukrainian concert tour in the city of Kryvyi Rih, an economically stressed, iron mining city of over 600,000. The 1600 seat arena was filled almost to capacity with an enthusiastic crowd who were ready not only to listen but to participate. At one crucial point in the concert everyone was on their feet with their hands in the air.  Many waved their phone flashlights and others raised the flame of a lighter.  Some even shouted out words of gratitude to Michael Gott and the band for bringing the tour to their city.

Michael Gott spoke to the crowd through his translator Valera Tseona and shared a clear and loving message in which the concert attendees were told that their past sins would be forgiven and they could have a future with God if they would open their hearts and trust in Jesus Christ alone.

At the close of the concert 645 people recorded positive decisions with their own hand on their response cards and turned them in to the volunteer support staff.

Please continue to follow the progress of the tour as the band moves East sharing Christ as they travel ever closer to the Russian border.

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Pray for their first concert

Hey prayer warriors, let’s be in prayer for the Country Boys team and Michael Gott as they have their first concert in about an hour and half. They are in Kryvyi Rih’s new Molodezhnye Hall that seats 1,600. The concert is at 11:00 am Central Time on Wednesday, October 18.

Pray that God will be glorified and exalted. Pray that the Gospel message will be clear. Pray that the songs that are sung will resonate with those in attendance to be ready to hear the Gospel preached by Michael Gott.

Country Boys Have Arrived!

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(Editor’s Note: Each day we will hopefully get a report from Ukraine. As I get them I will upload them here. I’m not on the trip, but am assisting in posting the reports to the blog for them.)

The Texas Country Boys arrived in Ukraine, where they joined Michael Gott, just three hours behind schedule. Despite two delayed flights and a rushed transfer in London the band arrived in high spirits with all checked bags and instruments in tow – which is a huge blessing and an answer to prayer.

The twelve member band plus the American and Ukrainian support staff totaling twenty-six traveled by bus to the city of Kryvyi Rih where the first of twelve evangelistic concerts will take place tomorrow evening. Please pray for Michael Gott and each member of the band as they prepare to share the clear message of Christ in a concert venue filled with people who have never heard the Gospel message before.

To access the daily prayer guide and schedule click here. Country Boys Prayer Guide

For those that like a visual, below is a map with the cities they will be visiting.

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Texas Country Boys Return to Ukraine

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Once again the Singing Men of North Central Texas will have an influence for Kingdom ministry through the efforts of The Texas Country Boys.

This group is made up of four members of the Singing Men of North Central Texas (Trent Blackley, Michael Bridges, Steven Colburn and Igor Kudelin) along with seven other musicians and tech crew. (Jason Farguson – Fiddle; Paul Jennings – guitarist; John Hewitt – Bass Guitar/vocal; Kevin Barham – electric/vocal; Steve Slayton – drums; Rocky Smith, Josh Smith – Tech crew.)

This group went to Ukraine in 2016 alongside Evangelist Micheal Gott and presented country/gospel music concerts. They are eager to return again this month. The trip will take place October 16 – 27, 2017.

Also on the trip will be the support staff from Michael Gott International: 
Michael and Jan Gott, Amy Pannell, Valery Sherbina and Kseniya Bondarenko
Linda Comstock, John Kiracofe, Judy Shipp, Allison Ware, Larry and Tammy Wood
(Larry is also a member of SMOT-NC)

Once again we are coming to you, our faithful prayer partners for all of our trips to Ukraine since 2010 to ask you to pray. God has done amazing work through Michael Gott, the Singing Men of Texas, and The Country Boys since 2010. Over 30,000 decisions for Christ have been recorded as a result of these trips.

The Country Boys have done some local concerts here in Texas over the past few weeks and have seen God provide financially once again to meet their needs. God is up to something amazing and we want you to be a part of it.

Though this trip is not an official Singing Men Trip, we want to use this blog site and forum to be a prayer resource center for them. The team will be involved in long days of bus rides, once again over some very bumpy roads. They will be doing 12 concerts in 9 days of ministry. They need our prayer support as never before. Each day someone from the team will email back a report and update that we will then post here. If you are already subscribed to the blog you will see those in your email inbox. They will also be using their Facebook page which you can find here.

The Country Boys and Michael Gott are going to some of the same cities as well as a few new ones. They are traveling in the Eastern part of the country that has seen the ravages of war these past few years. The people of Ukraine are desperate for hope, and those that attend these concerts will hear that message of hope, the hope that we all have in Jesus Christ.

Will you join us as we pray for this ministry event October 16 – 27?

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Here is a link to the Prayer Guide for this trip. We invite you to download, print and then use it daily to pray for the entire mission.

Ministry Day Seven – Chernihiv


Our final concert is in the books. We sang for a very enthusiastic audience tonight. We even got a Russian hand clap after Jon Ratzlaff finished the solo on Change In My Life. 

The hall was very nice and had an opera house feel and look to it. We were pleased to see every seat full tonight. That would put the attendance at 1,000 plus people. 

Michael shared with us just before the concert that in this city of 300,000 there are only about 1,000 Baptist and 1,000 other Evangelical faiths. There is a great spiritual need in this city. 

After the concert he also informed us about several people who came from the country of Belarus. They drove about an hour an a half and had to wait at the border for four hours to get in the country. They will do it all again to go home tonight. They are special friends of the Gott’s and wanted to come hear us since we were close to them. 

We have done our best every night to exalt and honor the Lord as we sing. He has been lifted up in each place and the Lord has done amazing things in the lives of the Ukrainians. We praise the Lord for 424 who responded to the call to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in tonight’s concert. 

After a two hour bus ride, we are now back to the hotel in Kiev just before midnight. We really won’t sleep tonight since the buses will leave at 3:00 am to take us to the airport. From there we all fly various routes and flights back through Europe and arrive back in Texas Friday late afternoon/night. 

Pray for our safe travel home. Begin praying now for the 6,511 people who indicated a response to Christ during this mission. Pray for the local churches that will now do the important work of following up with each person. Pray that that many of these will indeed become a sincere follower and disciple of Jesus. 

Also please pray for our guys who will step back into their pulpits Sunday to lead in worship with only one day to recover from the jet lag. Pray for their ministries as they come back to busy family, work, church life and other responsibilities. 

It has been a joy to write and update this blog once again. Thanks to all who wrote comments and sent kind words my way. Perhaps we can meet face to face sometime. Come see us at a SMOT concert when we are near your area. I’ll be in the orchestra area playing French Horn. 

Speaking of that we have our final regular season concert on Thursday, May 11 at Austin Baptist Church in Austin, TX at 7:00 pm. Would love to see anyone who can come join us. Go to our main website for info and directions. smonct.org

Once again YOU served a vital part of this mission as you prayed for us. Many of you gave money either to SMONCT or to one of our guys directly. We are grateful and say THANK YOU. 

Hopefully in the coming days and weeks we will update a bit more and add some other photos and videos before we put a final wrap on this edition of the Mission Blog. 

Wishing God’s richest blessing on each of you. 

On the Road Again … Final Time

We are loading up for our final road trip of two hours to Chernigov. We will be about 50 miles from Chernobyl. It is a Russian Orthodox Church stronghold. It is a place Singing Men have not been before. 

The past couple of days the respiratory bug has swept through a good number of our team. Pray for us that we will be strong not only in voice but in physical strength and stamina tonight for our final concert. 

Pray that all 1,000 seats will be filled and that as Michael shares the simple gospel message one more time the Lord will draw to Himself many, many people. 

Michael challenged us all today that regardless of our age God still has plans and a purpose for our lives. It is never too late for a miracle. We are claiming that tonight. 

Once again thank you for your prayer support. Let’s all pray over the next several hours . . . Lord, do it again!