Ball Brothers bring Supplies, Gospel Music and prayer to city in Ukraine

DAVID INGRAM & INFO FROM DAYWIND RECORDS

The Ball Brothers just returned from a mission trip to Ukraine. They were in the war-torn country April 19-26 after being invited by the pastor of Revival Baptist Church in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. More than 100 refugees are staying at the church.

Their visit was covered by secular media.

The group gave a Gospel concert at the church on Orthodox Easter but they brought more than just music.

“We were able to load up two vans full of food to deliver to displaced Ukranian refugees in Vinnytsia,” said Daniel Ball.

The supplies included canned goods, produce and other foods that do not require refrigeration.

“Thank you so much for your support and your prayers. We have pictures and videos all up on Facebook if you want to see a little bit of what we’ve done,” Ball said.

The Williamsons new project features some heavy-hitter song writers

SPECIAL FamilyMusic Group

Above Everything from the Williamsons, is the debut album for the REAL Southern Gospel Record label. The project features 14 new songs from top writers in Southern Gospel music, such as Kyla Rowland, Gerald Crabb, and Dave Clark.

Above Everything was produced by Les Butler and features Nashville’s top, award-winning players, Johnny Brown, Brent Mason, Milton Smith, Kris Krunk, Matt Butler, Andy Leftwich, and the late Robb Tripp! Fayetteville Community Church Choir is also featured, led by Wesley Pritchard.

SONG SYNOPSIS & REVIEWS by Isaac Hughes

Read It Again: [LISA WILLIAMSON] Lisa Williamson is a great songwriter who deserves more credit than she receives. This song is just 1 example of that. Containing the entire message of the gospel, this song says that if we ever need to be reminded of who God is and what He can do in our lives, just go back to the old black book, and read it again! This song was a fantastic choice to be the first single. Well done, Williamsons!

In The Precious Blood of The Lamb: [DARYL K. WILLIAMS] Southern gospel and quartet 101, this song is right down my alley! The only hope we will ever have for eternal salvation is in the blood of Christ and this song reassures the Christian of that fact! “Where the blood is found, every sin has drowned”, wow what a lyric!

Out Of Harm’s Way: [KYLA ROWLAND] This is a classic Kyla Rowland song. What more needs to be said? But honestly, the message in this song, and all of her compositions, will never get old. We’ve all had those times when things weren’t going our way and God impressed someone to lift our name to Heaven’s throne room. I’m so very thankful for that. I had the chance to see them sing this in concert, and the crowd ate it up! Good songs will never die.

Above Everything: [LISA WILLIAMSON] This song is pertinent for every child of God. You may not have the platform of the greatest preachers and speakers; you may not travel up and down the gospel highway in a quartet bus. You may not even teach a Sunday school class, but the calling for every Christian is to be faithful to God and what He wants in your life. Colossians 3: 23-24 – “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”

You Made the Mountain: [LISA WILLIAMSON] Are you standing at the bottom looking up to a mountain in your life right now? You might be praying for God to remove it out of your way and cast it into the sea. But it might be that He wants to strengthen you for something down the road. His ways are not our human ways and that’s hard to comprehend sometimes. This song tells us to just go ahead and start climbing! Who are we to ask God to change His grand design? Go ahead and trust Him and He’ll see you through every time!

Jesus Leading His Children Home: [GERALD CRABB] I’m a HUGE fan of the Hinsons and the more country sound of gospel music. When this song kicked off and the sounds of the steel guitar came in, I stopped dead in my tracks. We all have a longing to go to our eternal home, that’s really not a debate among Christians. Just imagine all that will happen when He calls us away that day: family reunions with our loved ones, the redeemed millions joining in song, seeing our blessed Savior face to face for the first time, seeing all the splendors of Heaven. I’m having a spell right now just thinking about it! What a day that will be when Jesus leads all of His children home!

What A Privilege: [KRISTI FITZWATER/LEE BLACK] “What a privilege is ours to go before the Lord in prayer”. Think about this: we, as children of God, have direct access to the one who created everything we see and don’t see. The one who gave His life for a sorry sinner like myself, and the very God who was, is, and is to come! Who are we to deserve that right? I certainly don’t and I’m sure you’d agree. This song is a humbling but assuring song. Whatever your need, bring it to Him.

The King Eternal: [LISA WILLIAMSON] History has shown us the rise of many empires: the Romans, Russians, Spanish empire, and many more. But one thing they all have in common, and you read it in every history book, they ONCE ruled. Kingdoms come and go like yesterday’s lunch, and we don’t think anything of it. But there is one kingdom, one ruler, and one King who is eternal, forever, always. He has never left, He has not lost His power, and He is ever interceding at the Father’s right-hand side for us. This song is really a song to brag on our King and I just love it.

Take That Mountain By Faith: [NATHAN WOODARD/KENNA TURNER WEST] This groovy song has a similar message to “You Made The Mountain”. You may be climbing up a steep mountain in your life, and God has assured us that He will never leave us, but He never promised that it would be easy, or we wouldn’t have to fight. I think back to a song Johnny Cook sang with the Goodmans, “I may lose a battle now and then, but I’ve already won the war”. When God makes a promise, you can take it to the bank and go ahead and start claiming the victory!

Greater Than the Pain: [WILLIAM CARROLL COOK/JENIFER B. MCCALLISTER] Many have tried but failed to completely explain how hard it was for Jesus to be offered on the cross. From the plucking of His beard, the spear in His side, nails in His feet and hands, to the emotional pain from the rejection of His disciples, we will never be able to describe the pain that took place on Calvary. But this song assures us, and I’m so thankful for it, that His love for me and for you overcame the pain and the agony He faced. He loved us so much to give His perfect, sinless life for me, a dirty, rotten, unholy mess. Who great the Father’s love for us!

Message To the World: [LISA WILLIAMSON] Here’s another great upbeat song that simply says, “GO”! We have the cure for anything and everything that ails our world today. How selfish would it be if we kept it to ourselves? Go out and tell the greatest message to this lost and dying world!

The Story: [DAVE CLARK] This song reminds me of the Gold City song, “If Church Pews Could Shout”. If objects like the road Jesus walked on, the temple where He preached, and the cross He was crucified on could speak, how amazing would their accounts be! Having experienced The King of all eternity, the Ancient of Days, and God in human flesh would be astonishing. But the song says that it really doesn’t matter how the story is told or how many times we hear it. The story of His glory and majesty will never get old and we will worship Him for eternity when we reach our final home.

Caught Away: [JANICE CROW] Songs about the rapture and going home never get old. After all, it is the main hope of the Christian life. This song simply says, when He calls us out of here, nothing will be able to hold, detain, hinder, or contain us from bidding farewell to this old world and going to gain our Heavenly mansion! By the shape our society is in, I don’t think it will be very long. Will I see you in the middle of the air leaving out of here?

One More: [RACHEL MCCUTCHEON/ADINA BOWMAN] I don’t know and neither do you how many people are saved and washed in Calvary’s blood. The family of God can stretch from sky to sky. But like the old hymn of the church, there is still room at the cross for you. God has not lost his power to save old sinners and He can still save one more. It’s my prayer that if you don’t know Him today, you become that “one more” the Williamsons are singing about. It’s never too late to believe!

Listen for songs from the Williamson’s new project on Texas Gospel Canada!

Video used as evidence against man charged with hate crimes in US church vandalism

JEFF TURNER

Officers in the US have arrested a man for hate crimes after they say the suspect was caught on video smashing a window at a church before running off.

Video from surveillance cameras at Community Church of Christ in Queens, New York was posted to the police department’s Crime Stoppers twitter account shortly after the damage was reported.

Police say the damage was done Tuesday, March 8.  Video from the church and other evidence, led police to Tonnie Smith, 32, of Queens.  He has been charged with criminal mischief and aggravated harassment. Both are listed as hate crimes in the State of New York.

Criminals smash US church’s stained-glass window, steal altar Bible, cross

Janet Johnson-Tremblay

A congregation in the US has few answers as to why someone would smash stained glass windows and steal the altar Bible and a wooden cross.  The damage was discovered Thursday at the Handsboro United Methodist Church in Mississippi.

“Sad to report that the sanctuary was vandalized.  One of our beautiful stained glass windows was broken and the Bible on the altar and wooden cross Mr. Sam Krohn built were taken.  It is unfortunate that people have the nerve to do such a thing to a church,” says a post to the church’s Facebook page.

Pastor John McCay told MagnoliaStateLive that the items stolen were of, “great sentimental value” to the church. WLOX Television reports a vandal or vandals recently damaged other churches in the area.

Police have yet not determined a motive of the person or persons who damaged the church buildings.

Christians in Ukraine continue to pray, praise and worship

STAFF

VIDEO: Christians in Ukraine today continue to worship God in spite of lives lost to war and the widespread damaged the war has caused to their country.

Occasionally we post videos we find on the net that we think are uplifting and worthy of sharing. This one is produced and owned by International Christian Concern. We do not have an association with them. This is a link to the organization’s YouTube video and is not hosted on our server. We present it here only because we think it has a needed message today.

According to the website of International Christian Concern, the organization exists to relieve the suffering of the worldwide persecuted church and help it grow in strength and breadth. ICC accomplishes its mission through effective assistance, advocacy and awareness with integrity toward God and our donors.