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This week is a real treat; We have Geoff and Breanna Butterworth with us. You might not know them but I've been friends with them for some time and I'm so happy to hear about what God has been doing in their lives.

EM028- Worship Ministry in Latvia with Geoff and Breanna Butterworth

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Geoff and Breanna live in Nashville, Tennessee and both work in the marketplace. Breanna is a visual artist and Geoff is a songwriter, worship leader, and recording engineer. But that's not all. God's called them to go to places that can't afford them, leading worship and encouraging the worship leaders they find when they arrive.

That's exactly how it was on their recent trip to Latvia with Paradigm Worship International. As you listen, I believe you'll be encouraged and challenged at the same time.


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Key Scripture

Geoff spends time in private worship. One day this scripture really stood out. As he prayed, he began crying out for this generation.

It's become his personal mission statement and the focus for the entire band. They are always asking themselves if what they're doing will call a generation to seek God's face.

Challenge

During their preparation for the trip to Latvia, Breanna lost her father unexpectedly. It was a really difficult time for her and she kept asking herself a question.

As she prayed about this, God began to show her what He does to repair the broken pieces. That pointed her to a Japanese art form called Kintsugi. In this art form, the artist does something specific to repair broken pottery. The point of the way it's repaired is to bring emphasis to the parts that are mended. In the end, the piece is believed to be more beautiful because of how the broken pieces are put back together.

Note: This reminded me of Isaiah 61:3.

Revelation

For Geoff and Breanna, God's revelation has been a process rather than a moment. Over the years He's showed them that they need to keep things as simple as possible.

As artists and ministers, there can be so many things to keep track of. It's easy to be distracted and to make things more complex – to focus on the minutia rather than the big picture.

God has been showing them that if they are obedient and diligent, He'll take care of the details.

Current Ministry

God has called Geoff and Breanna to minister in the “uncommon” places – often, places that can't afford them. They're finding that when they follow, the harvest is ripe.

In their recent trip to Latvia, what God did encouraged them. They are excited about the connections they now have with God's work in Eastern Europe. And by what God did to increase the size of a local church to 10 times its previous size in a week.

Significance in the Marketplace

Breanna reminded us of one thing and had two suggestions.



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Cross-Cultural Ministry

Geoff and Breanna suggest that we learn more about their culture, get to know them, and be hospitable. Becoming friends can go a long way.

New Place

Geoff would look for the closest church that is reaching out into the community and look for ways to partner with them. He'd go buy some blank CDs and start recording worship on the streets. And he'd look for people leading worship so that he could encourage them.

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