Are you thinking the same thing I’m thinking–Come On Springtime! I love this time of the year! Spring—a time when we are reminded about the importance of new beginnings.
Let me remind of you of a couple of passages of scripture that speak concerning the beauty and the power of “NEW”.
Isaiah 42:9 says,” Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
II Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”.
What rich promises we have. The old is passed away—The old way of doing things, the old way of thinking, old behavior patterns, etc etc. Coming in to Christ provides us with a new and better covenant with new and better ways of thinking and doing! Thank God the past is past!
When I see the grass beginning to turn green, the trees with new buds, and the wildflowers and blue bonnets blooming, (that’s why we live in Texas!) I am reminded of our new life in Christ. Even though we fail miserably, because of Christ, we have the opportunity to begin again. The hardness of winter and life’s circumstances will come, but thanks be unto God that today is a new day and a new opportunity to love the Lord and serve Him by serving His people. Thinking I’m gonna shout NOW!!!!!
All that to say—there are some new things happening here at Worshipworks Ministries. CRUSE INSTITUTE FOR THE ARTS is soon to be online with fall classes starting in August/September. What once seemed dead, has bloomed and grown beyond our wildest dreams. With two powerful platforms, Moodle and Adobe Connect, we are uploading content and preparing for virtual classes as we speak. Now, students don’t have to move to Austin, uproot their lives and spend tens of thousands of dollars for educations. We are bringing the school via the Internet to the entire world! We will have more to say as we get closer to the launch date but be watching the websites, wmiglobal.org and instituteforthearts.com for new developments as they happen.
And one other new baby—CRUSE MUSIC ACADEMY—a music and arts program for ages 8-18 housed in local churches to train young musicians and worshippers in music and a love for the house of the Lord. We opened the first academy in Calvary Christian Center, Hamilton OH with the second academy scheduled to open in World Harvest Church, Roswell GA in August. The reports coming from Ohio are stellar and we know God’s heart is to raise up a new generation of worshippers in this generation. We are humbled that we get to be apart of something so glorious.
So many wonderful things are happening that we can hardly keep up with it all. We leave March 27 for a two month major missions endeavor—South Africa—Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Also during the month of April, we minister in Sao Luiz, Brazil for a week. Then May finds us in Bujumbura, Burundi and Livingston, Zambia. We close out the month of May in East London South Africa at a national worship conference called ONE VOICE, sponsored by TBN Africa with guest worship leaders from around the world.
Those of you that support this ministry by praying for us and sowing seed–we can’t thank you enough. Several have sowed seed into our Africa and Brazil trips and we want you to know, airfare for these two trips have been purchased. To God be the Glory!
We do covet your prayers daily. The day to day operations will need to go on here at the ministry even though we are overseas for the next two months. If the Lord leads you to sow seed, you may do so by going on the wmiglobal.org site, click on the “contributions” link and click “give to WMI Ministry”. Thank you in advance. Rest assured, your offerings are tax deductible and will be used in furthering the Kingdom of God through missions, education, outreaches, revivals, and/or worship conferences.
Will write more soon—much blessings!
Joe and Becky Cruse
Worshipworks Ministries, Intl.