When Duty Calls
Steve Sharp, President/Founder and CEO of GHM has a Thanksgiving story he loves to tell. In Pre-GHM days, Steve was a Praise & Worship Minister. One Thanksgiving Day about a decade ago, Steve received a telephone call from a young man who had once been a member of his choir. Since his days in the choir, the young man had graduated from college and gone on to Washington D.C. to work in the government.
When Steve answered the phone he was delighted to hear from his ex-choir member. “Where are you now?” Steve asked, wondering whether the young man were visiting home or stuck in D.C. for the holiday.
“I’m aboard Air Force One.”
“Air Force One! That’s amazing! Is the president onboard?”
“Yes he is and actually, he’s the reason I called you.”
A Song of Worship
Come to find out, the young man was on President George W. Bush’s staff and they were winging their way to Crawford, Texas. President Bush wanted to have a Thanksgiving Worship Service aboard Air Force One for his staff and members of the press, but they needed a song sheet. Steve’s one-time choir member mentioned his old Praise and Worship Minister. The President asked his aide to give Steve a call.
Steve, of course, pulled something together and faxed it to Air Force One. President Bush had his Thanksgiving Worship Service and then took the song sheets back to Crawford to use with his family’s celebration on the ranch. We can’t help but wonder if Steve’s song sheet is stuck somewhere in a Bush family scrapbook or a member of the press’ journal. We’ll probably never know, but it is fun to speculate.
Praise and Thanksgiving
This anecdote would please almost any music minister in any church, but it is especially poignant to Steve, because he now leads a ministry targeting Central Asia and the Middle East. In our target countries, Christianity is forbidden and a holiday like Thanksgiving, devoted to thanking the God of the Bible for His blessings on a nation, is unthinkable.
When believers in our target countries get together to worship, there are no song sheets, because it would be considered evidence of proselytization. They do not sing worship songs together, for fear they would be overheard and reported to the police. Persecution is not something they fear, because it is part of the fabric of their lives. They wouldn’t think of complaining about it, because their Bibles, if they have them, tell them to expect it.
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