Hello friends and family!
What an amazing year it has been! Most of you know that I spent this past year doing CR Experience, which is Circuit Riders’ year long discipleship program. This consisted of living in Huntington Beach, California for the fall of 2017 and attending discipleship and ministry training classes daily. We also went out and did some outreach to practice what we were learning in and around the LA area. Since my focus is music and I have been playing bass with the CR band, I also spent much of my time practicing the songs, writing new music, and leading worship. I came home for the month of December and then in January flew to Florida to meet up with my team for the Carry the Love tour. Carry the Love is CR’s main outreach each Spring and this was the second year I have done it. We minister on college campuses all over the U.S. by meeting students, sharing the gospel, and having worship events. When people give their lives to Jesus we get them connected with a local church community or organization on campus so that they can continue to learn more about Jesus and be nurtured in the gospel. Between all of our tour teams we saw over 2,000 salvations across all of america on this last tour! It was such an amazing experience of seeing God move in miraculous ways through me and through everyone else and I’m so thankful for how God used me to bring freedom to so many people that were so hungry for Jesus in their lives!
During the month of March we had a break from tour, so me and the Texas boys headed back to California to work on Circuit Rider’s first collaborative EP! We spent hours each day rehearsing and recording all of the new songs we have written and it took us three weeks to get all of the final takes. It was so much work to fit within three weeks, but the end product is going to be so rewarding. I'm also really excited for everyone to learn the songs when they get released! Our genius friend and fellow musician Spencer is currently producing everything and is trying to finish it all as soon as possible! We also had a team filming it all, so there will be a video to go along with each song!
I am so excited to let you all know that I have been accepted to be on staff for Circuit Riders’ upcoming school in the fall, CR Experience! That means that I will be a full time missionary/musician and need to raise all of my support to live for the next year in Huntington Beach, CA. As staff, I will be helping lead the Music track, which is where the singers and musicians that attend the school, come together to learn how to write music collaboratively. I myself will practice and lead worship, and work on writing/recording new songs as well. Next spring, I will most likely be joining the Carry the Love tour in 2019. My brother, Liam, and I will be moving out to Cali in June to train for 21 Project, which will be in July. We attended 21 Project last summer in Kona, Hawaii.
So, I am asking you, humbly, to continue your support if you have been supporting me, or to pray about beginning to help me out financially. My monthly needs will be around $1,000 and that will cover rent, food, gas, and any basic maintenance to my car. I am trusting God to provide and praying for at least 20 people who can commit to giving monthly for the next 11 months (July 2018-May2019). Please consider giving $25, $50, $100, or $200 a month OR if you are only able to make a one time donation, that would be appreciated as well. We will be moving into an apartment with nothing, so one time donations will help us furnish it. Please let me know how you can help via text, email, or social media. You can give online on my personal fundraising website, or if you prefer your gift to be tax deductible, give through my church, Lifepoint Church. Just write a check to them and put my name on the memo line. Of course, you can send a check directly to my parents as well and they can deposit it for me.
Thank you all so much for your continued prayers and support! I am so grateful that I get to serve the Lord using my musical gifts and spread the love of Jesus. These experiences are shaping me into who God wants me to be!
Aidan Ballew 3023 Manor Bay Ct. League City, TX 77573 832-803-9282 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lifepoint Church 2450 E. Main St. #H League City, Tx 77573