Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tour Blog 3 - Week one on the road

We are back in Troy for a day after our first week on the road, and we leave in a few hours for Creation Festival. So much for sleep.

The Ephriam Clothing gang got to the Stand True house on Monday night and joined us for dinner and some training sessions. We packed up and headed to Alive Festival the next morning. We were excited to get to the Kribbs and hang out with Billi and Jessica at the kick off BBQ.

This year was also great as we had our friends the Frederico's bringing us food the whole week. Not just food, but amazing food and enough for us to share with several other vendors and ministries at the festival. Heidi you ROCK.

We also got to hang out with old friends like Bre, Erin, Natalie and others who we only see a couple of times a year, if that.

Some of us headed out on Wednesday for the Pro-life Music Festival in Indiana. Again it was great to see our friends from many of the bands and get to meet new friends and host families like the Blakeslee's.

We had rubber band wars with Ilia and played pranks on Kiros, these will be continued throughout the tour. I also got to speak at PLMF and talk to some bands about sponsorship.

We packed up and headed back to Alive in time to enjoy the storm and tornado warning. It was sad to pack up and leave Alive and all of our friends, but we will be back.

During this first week God also gave us amazing opportunities to talk to people about life and pray with them. We were able to see hearts healed and changed, what a blessing to get to experience all of this.

Here are some pics of the adventures so far.

The Booth at Alive

Rachael enjoying the flooded merch tent (Always happens at Alive)

Ephraim's Booth

Bryan and Christi tearing up the course

The Kribb's getting their grub on

We turned the Ilia booth into a Stand True booth since they were late

Mellisa from SuperChick rocking the Love Rain Down shirt

Bryan speaking at Pro-life Music Festival

Running from the storm

Candice and Christi setting up the lit table

Rachel Roe educating people

Moses hard at work

Rubber band wars with Ilia

Heidi, she fed us all week and now we are spoiled

Eating at the Frederico's

Candice is a little to excited to be at Alive

To be continued...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Tour Bog 2 - Some Pics

Praying at the abortion Mill

Chillin at T-Bell

Muddy Feet

Sharing about Stand True at local church

The 2008 Tour Pass

Madilynn and Rachael loading the trailer

Praying at the abortion mill

Loading the trailer

Buying sprinkles for the girls

Service project with The Addict Ministries

Service project with The Addict Ministries

Praying at the abortion mill

Stay tuned...

Friday, June 13, 2008

Tour Blog 1 - Exploding Oatmeal and Thunderstorms

When you bring several people from different backgrounds, churches, cities and lifestyles and throw them into a situation where they are basically together 24-7 it can take a while fore everyone to feel comfortable.

The team is all here in Ohio and starting in on their training. They will spend the next few days in training and packing things for the trip. It always takes a few days for everyone to get to know each other and start to open up, but there always things that help bond us together.

Thank God for exploding oatmeal and thunderstorms it seems to do the trick and bring the team together and break the ice. First there was the incident where one of them tried to cook oatmeal in the micro wave and it caused quite the little explosion. This seemed to get the team laughing together (no one was hurt).

Today as they were working in the garage getting things packed it started to rain and thunder and lightning. The team decided to running through the rain together and play in some puddles. This turned into an adventure as the walked the small town of Troy, OH taking lots of pictures in the rain.

About an hour and a half later they all returned to the office soaking wet, but closer together as a team. I am excited to hit the road with them in a few days and start to minister at festivals. I am truly a privileged and blessed man to get to do this year after year.

Here are some pics for your enjoyment

Stay Tuned...

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Tough Questions: I am Against Abortion but I Think it Should Remain Legal so it is Safe?

Tough Questions: I am Against Abortion but I Think it Should Remain Legal so it is Safe?

People will argue that even if we are successful in outlawing abortion that it will happen anyway so we need to keep it legal so it can be safe. This is one of the arguments I hear most from people who don't want to get involved in pro-life work. It is also one of the most absurd arguments I have ever heard.

The very premise of the argument discounts the reason we are against abortion, it kills a human person. How can abortion ever be thought of as safe? The very act of abortion destroys the life of an innocent child, where is the safety in that?

If you follow this logic you can carry it to ludicrous lengths. You can argue that burglary is illegal and yet it happens anyway so why don't we make it legal so criminals can have a safer time committing this crime. You can argue that rape is illegal yet it happens anyway, so we should open up clinics where someone can commit that crime safely.

These are obviously insane arguments that don't make sense. The same is true for saying that killing children through abortion will happen no matter what so we need to keep clinics open for people to commit that crime.

This question is really not that tough at all. We have laws to protect people from being harmed by other people.

hom·i·cide  (hŏm'ĭ-sīd', hō'mĭ-)  American Heritage Dictionary

  1. The killing of one person by another.

  2. A person who kills another person.

Imagine if we changed the definition of homicide to look like this:

hom·i·cide  (hŏm'ĭ-sīd', hō'mĭ-)  Ridiculous Dictionary

  1. The killing of one person by another. (Except when done in a safe medical clinic because someone did not want to take care of the other person)

  2. A person who kills another person. (Except when the first person is a doctor who is paid to kill that person by their parents)

Abortion is the killing of one person by another person; therefore it is homicide and should be illegal. It is that simple.

For Christ I stand,

Bryan Kemper - bryankemper@standtrue.com

You can find this and other Tough Questions Series answers in the "Educate Yourself" section of our web site at http://www.standtrue.com

Tough Questions - Is Abortion a Women's Issue, Should Men Stay Out of It?

Tough Questions - Abortion is Not Mentioned In The Bible

Tough Questions - Situational Abortion

Tough Questions Series: My Friend is Pregnant and Considering Abortion, What do I Say to Her? Should I Say Anything to Her?

Tough Questions - I Went To Pray at an Abortion Clinic and People Were Screaming and Yelling. How Should We Reach Out To Women Considering Abortion?