Update from Mark
Where do I begin! So much is going on in the ministry of MTQ. Lets start with the most successful homecoming event we have ever had! July 23, 24, and 25 were great day! The highest attendance we’ve ever seen for our event! The first night was the Greenes and MTQ and my what a wonderful job the Greenes did!! Little did I know that when I wrote this article our long time friend Tony Greene would have already slipped away into the arms of Jesus. He is sorely missed.
The annual Albert E. Brumley sing in Lebanon, MO was a huge success as well as the Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO.
National Quartet Convention was also a GREAT week for MTQ. We saw many of our old friends and I believe we made some new relationships that will last through eternity. It’s kind of like going to a family reunion for me. In August, I celebrated 36 years since I walked on my first stage with a professional quartet. Speaking of quartets, you have spoken loud and clear to my heart that we made the right decision in hiring Pat Barker. He truly is a blessing to our lives! Oh, by the way, in case you don’t know. Pat and Kesha are expecting their third child some time in May of next year! Congratulations to the happy couple.
Our first major release as a quartet is out and by all indications will be the best selling CD that we have ever made! Lari Goss was the producer/arranger for this new project and we are SO excited about “Testimony.” You can order yours today!
We received confirmation in September that we will be going on a second cruise in 2011. We are VERY excited to be included in the IN TOUCH ALASKA cruise with Dr Charles Stanley as our host. He along with Dr. Dennis Swanburg, Geraldine and Ricky, Greater Vision, The Specks, Babbie Mason and others will be on board for the week ministering to those who will attend. If you would like a brochure, please contact me at 256-442-1621 and I will personally send one to you.
We just finished our fall revival for this year in Vilas, NC with our friends from Willow Valley Baptist Church. Pastor Ray Greene is one of the sweetest, most Godly men I have ever known. The quartet sang with me on sunday and then went home to be with family while I stayed behind to preach the remainder of the meeting. We were blessed to see many decisions during those days and are thankful to God for his presence in each service!
Our annual visit to Dollywood’s Southern Gospel Celebration was this week and we had two record breaking days with fans from all across the country! What a tremendous blessing it was to have such crowds at our performances. You truly honored us by your attendance! Thank you.
As I write this update to you we are headed to the home of Don and Jackie Rupert to have lunch. I CANT WAIT!!! Miss Jackie is a great cook! We sing in Bushnell, FL tonight and then its on to Bill Baileys annual gospel event in Waldo, FL tomorrow night.
Please be in prayer for us as we are trying to be faithful in the work God has set before us. Its a wonderful time in the life of this ministry as God takes us through another phase of growth. There are always pains with growth but God continues to prove himself faithful!
Hope to see you somewhere down the road! 🙂