One Friday evening on a recent tour, we were sitting around our billet’s table and it came time to open the Sabbath. The family shared stories on the providence of God and people stepping out in faith. These stories led to us to share our story of how we came to be in their dining room, living as full-time musicianaries. After telling the story and seeing their reactions, we realised that to a degree we had taken the journey God had led us on for granted. Sometimes when you’re right in the middle of life’s picture you can be oblivious to the frame and all that God has done.
So, we wanted to share this same story with you. The story of how God led us to become musicanaries. It’s a long story, so we’re going to break it up into a four parts that we’ll put up on our blog over the next six weeks. We hope that through sharing this testimony, God will be uplifted!
We haven’t always been musicianaries.
It began with a want to follow God wherever He leads. A realisation that this world is temporary and that God’s love is eternal.
Eight years and three months ago we met. We became best friends. Fell in love and decided to serve God together for the rest of our lives. Six and a half years ago we got married. It was a perfect day, which ended with us driving around to find a hotel until 2:30am after the initial hotel we booked (that had 24 hour reception) decided to close early that night for some reason. Looking back, it’s hilarious. At the time, not so much.
After our honeymoon on Matamanoa Island in Fiji, Eric joined me in Melbourne, where I had already been living for a year. We set up house, extremely excited and loving life. Within the first few months we had racked up quite a bit of debt with a nice red car and some new furniture. I was working as an English and Humanities high school teacher at a Seventh-day Adventist School and Eric was working as a youth pastoral worker at two churches. Life was great!
As the year progressed we realised that our focus wasn’t quite right. With us both having good jobs, life was easy sailing. We noticed that our security and focus shifted to gaining material things, the here and now. Even though we were both working for God. That we both loved God and had always sought to follow God. We realised that we weren’t as fully committed to God as we knew we could be. During that time we read some incredible stories on the faith of Brother Andrew in his his book ‘God Smuggler’ and listened to a lot of faith sermons by David Gates. Deep down we were convicted that we were not giving our all to God and we felt a desire to give more and to take a step of faith. We wanted a deeper experience with God. So, we prayed. We listened to sermons, read books and the Bible. We started saving to take down our debt and save up for what ever God might have planned.
Then we saw that the English Language Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine that I had spent a year volunteering at in her early 20s was in need of two volunteers to teach ESL and help out at the local english church. Feeling impressed to apply, we prayed and sent through an application.
We were accepted.
The remaining months of 2008 was filled with saving up, packing up, storing our stuff in my parent’s backyard shed (which we helped to build), paying off debts, selling a car, and finishing up with our jobs. All in the middle of when the Global Financial Crisis hit in 2008. God really has a great sense of timing. In the end we had just enough money for everything we needed including a one-way flight to Ukraine.
Throughout this whole experience we kept coming back to the Bible verse in Joshua 24:15, “…Choose this day for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” We wanted to put everything in God’s hands. To give Him a year to say:
“Our lives are yours. Lead us where you want us. Everything we have is yours.”
So, on January 1, 2009 we got on a plane. Never having sung together. Clueless to what God would do within the next year. Full of excitement. Full of peace. We couldn’t wait for this adventure to begin!
To be continued…
The beauty of living in Australia is going on a winter tour and being able to do this…
We are a quarter way through our 2014 winter tour and have already been astounded by the providential things that God has pre arranged. For example…
- Singing and speaking about the beauty of Jesus’ sacrifice as shown through the sanctuary at a church, which had just that week been doing a Bible study session on it.
- Having an in-depth conversation with a young guy about Monique’s experiences of following Christ after a concert and hearing that from that night’s concert & conversation God had inspired him to follow God unreservedly.
- A family who had been through multiple major health issues affecting each member of the family over more than the last half decade, came to church for the second time in several years. They said our coming to the church was providential and the music-sermon was exactly what they needed to hear in their time of emotional recovery.
We can’t wait to see what God has in store for us on the rest of our tour!
Please keep us in your prayers.
- Eric & Monique
We are going to GYC Europe in Linz, Austria this July.
At the start of the year we felt impressed to put in an application to be one of the music groups to share music at GYC Europe. Before applying we prayed, trusting that if God opened the doors we would go, even though we do not have the upfront money to cover all the expenses. God has opened the doors. So, we will go!
Since going into full-time music ministry, that runs on faith without charging fees, we have lived from ‘tour to tour’ (i.e. We get enough money from each tour to pay our ministry & living expenses until the next tour). This lifestyle has exercised our faith. We have seen in the past that every time we have stepped out in faith, God has provided the money through concert love offerings and CD sales for our expenses. So, with our plane tickets ‘ticked up’ on the credit card, we are off to GYC Europe to be one of the musician groups sharing music throughout the conference.
We are also planning a one week intensive European tour, read more about that below.
Europe Tour 2014
After GYC Europe we are planning an intensive music ministry tour throughout Germany & Austria from July 28 - August 5, 2014. While it is during the summer holidays, we believe that God will provide many dates to share the gospel through word & song. We have already had some interest from churches in Germany, but if you live in the areas outlined below, or know people who do, we still need your help to fill out the tour. The following is our current planned tour route. These are not confirmed concerts, but are the areas we would like to book in a concert.
** UPDATED ** July 20, 2014
OUR TOUR DATES
We are open to concerts in other areas within Germany & Austria, dependant on travel times. If you can help, please email us and we will give you more information about church concerts, house concerts and music-sermons for church services.
Thank you for your support, it means so much to us!
- Eric & Monique
We want to do more house concerts and would love to offer you an opportunity to book us to come to your home to do a concert for your friends and family during 2014!
What is a House Concert?
A private, low-key event in the homes of music fans. Usually set in a living room, the space does not have to be large or fancy, any living room will do. Friends, neighbours, family, and acquaintances are typically invited to attend by the host. Often there is a pot-luck or snacks to be enjoyed before the concert or in-between two sets. It is perfect for ‘Small Group’ ministry.
How much will it cost me to host?
Nothing! We don’t charge a fee.
To keep our full-time music ministry going we take up a love offering and sell our CDs.
How many people do I need to invite?
We have had successful House Concerts with as few as 10 people! The usual amount of attendees is between 10-30 people.
Do I create the advertisements?
No. We will send you a poster, social media images and information to share with your friends and family.
“Having Monique & Eric perform at our house was a low-key, casual but intimate affair. We sat in comfortable armchairs, dining on snacks and cups of tea while listening to a presentation of inspiring music and stories from the lives of these two artists. Driven by their desire to share God and how he has provided and worked in their lives through song and music was truly an inspiration. Thanks for a wonderful evening!” – Sarah, New Zealand
“Eric & Monique’s house concert in Coffs Harbour helped our congregation get closer to the throne room of God and be inspired to continue praise God for who He is. We would have Eric and Monique back any time.” – Abel Iorgulescu, Assistant Pastor, Coffs Harbour, Australia
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Thank you for your support!
Eric & Monique
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Arrived safely in Germany!! 🇩🇪 2hr Drive > MEL > AUH > FRA > (20+ hours in air). Another 2hr Drive… instagram.com/p/qvLLoJst60/