My two suitcases were completely jammed with clothes, personal items, and some goodies for Christmas break. Prior to break however, we had another expedition to embark on: a ten day music tour—commonly referred to as “Cali tour”—down the west coast of the United States. It was an awesome, but tiring; exciting, but busy trip. We performed at seven locations, and held eleven concerts. Each one had its ups and downs, but nevertheless, despite our imperfections and mistakes, God blessed. Before every concert, we prayed that we could be a blessing to those attending. I believe, thanks to God, that many people were tremendously touched and transformed by the power of the words spoken in song.

For me personally, one of the most memorable parts of the trip was the outreach opportunity we had in the community of Grants Pass, Oregon. God gave us the chance to go door to door doing surveys for people, asking for feedback on the local Better Life Broadcasting Network. Knocking on the doors of people from all walks of life, we even had opportunities to offer to them Bible studies. In fact, by the end of the day, 32 people requested for further studying in God’s word. We also ministered to the homeless by helping to run a soup kitchen, and working at the local Gospel Rescue Mission homeless shelter in town. I was truly touched to see the commitment of the staff at the mission. Their commitment to those people in need and willingness to serve the Lord was a wonderful sight.

Ultimately, everything about California tour was special. Each meal served, each concert performed, each bus ride—memories were once again made with wonderful friends and staff. Now that it’s all over, we can all relax and celebrate the trip over Christmas break.

Lachlan W.

Grade 11

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