Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Hello friends and supporters,
I want to first apologize for the lack of posts in these past several days. As you can see in the video below, everyone has arrived safely, and we are in the midst of training. I want to first introduce myself. My name is Jeff Hau, and I am from San Francisco, CA. I will be the team leader for CTI Fulltime Team 14:22 this year ('09-'10). I want to officially introduce you to our entire team of 8 - myself, Eric Mok, Lesley Denford, Denny Nestibo, Rachelle Poppema, Dan Mumbert, Matt Adams, and Jon Lee. Please follow us on this blog. We will be posting updates as often as we can (at least once a week... I get in trouble if we don't!).
The entire team arrived promptly and safely two Fridays ago, and we have already enjoyed two weekends of fun and a week and a half of rehearsals and leadership training. Each day is challenging, yet beneficial and rewarding. We are learning a lot and growing closer to one another very quickly. Please continue to pray for us as we learn new music, but more importantly, prepare our hearts for ministry. We leave for tour on September 5.
In addition, we have our first practice concert this Thursday at 6:30pm. Come join us at First Baptist, if you can make it out! Thanks so much for all of your prayers and support!
Jeff - Sound tech and team leader. Gives good back cracks. Can make the team sound good in just about any room (which says a lot about his skills, as we are still muddling through and learning our repertoire!).
Eric - Vocalist and guitar player. Seems mild mannered, but can belt out a song with killer pipes. Watch out.
Jon - Stellar guitar player. Has the most pedals and fancy things for his guitar that I've ever seen. Also seems to really like Pop Tarts.
Matt - Really tall guitarist. Can't cross his legs. Which is fine, since he always plays his guitar standing up (and he's really good at it, too).
Denny - Wickedly skilled drummer. Loves to wear head-to-toe denim. Also has a hilarious giggle.
Dan - Bassist extraordinaire. Has an extra-special bass guitar that randomly picks up FM radio frequencies and broadcasts them through our sound system. In addition to our own music, we hear a lot of the local weather.
Rachelle - Keyboardist with a love for Converse sneakers in every colour. Does not like birds.
Lesley - That's me! Vocalist (who occasionally plays keys, despite the fact that the keyboard does not like me and transposes itself in the middle of a song). Also loves Converse sneakers in every colour. Also does not like birds.
I think we've got a good team here. We're goofy, energetic, fun, passionate, and so excited to be a part of CTI. After just a week of rehearsals I'm confident that we can get out to the world and use our God-given musical talents to minister to youth and really challenge and encourage our audiences. I feel like we're being really well-equipped by CTI with the skills we'll need for the year though musical training, seminars, personal devotional time, and team bonding time. Team 14:22 is getting ready to hit the road and share the love of God! Watch out for this Pop Tart-loving, bird-disliking, sneaker-wearing, denim-loving bunch coming soon to a city near you.
With love on behalf of team 14:22,