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Chapter 7. The Karaoke Church

January 19, 2010

The Karaoke Church

The storefront was cleaned up and repainted. New carpet had been laid and 25 folding chairs were placed in rows. Of the nineteen people present, no one could play the piano. That fact didn’t seem to bother anyone. They sang with feeling and volume.

There was not enough money to buy “sound equipment” for the little church. A portable Karaoke machine had become the PA unit. The Pastor lead the service, holding the corded microphone in one hand and the small machine in the other. For altar call, the song, “There’s Room At The Cross For You” was already queued in the player. When ready, the preacher just pushed the play button. The song was beautiful. The bad news though, is that there was no auto reverse on the player. That meant that in about 3 minutes the song would be over and the room silent. The invitation needed to be fast.

The seekers did respond, the saints responded too and several received the Holy Ghost. Joy was in the camp!

This is Home Missions!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Donna Skinner permalink
    January 19, 2010 10:01 am

    Thanks for posting these, we started out the same way. God is Good to us.

  2. Evangelist David Boyd permalink
    January 19, 2010 2:20 pm


    I have read every story on this blog… weeping.

    Oh the memories and burden that you have recovered for me

    God Bless

  3. Kim Ballestero permalink
    January 20, 2010 7:45 am


    I smiled at some of these, and teared up at others because it brought back memories of those very trying, early years in Clearwater. My heart aches for Home Missionaries everywhere because I have felt their pain! I’m not sure that most people understand what it takes to plant a church. These stories are much needed! Thanks for sharing them.


  4. February 25, 2010 10:51 am

    Bro. Ballestero,

    I love the blog! I am a home missionary and it seems like we have been through most and are going through much of these stories in our life. Coming from Pastor Leon Frost church with everything in place and handed to you, too having to be all things to all men and wearing many hats is challenging. I thank God He chose us for our city and this hour! We covet your prayers and we hope to have you come by one day and minister to us as only Ballestero can.

    Sold Out!
    Pastor W.C. Blankenship

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