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Ministry Report from Germany/Switzerland

We arrived in Kandern, Germany on Wednesday afternoon (home of Black Forest Academy…go to BFAcademy.com for info on this wonderful school) and were picked up by Israel and his wife, Dani. We had a wonderful evening with them in spite of being so tired from the long flight. We spent the night in the home of high school Chaplin, Sam and Jenn Stemple. After a good night’s rest, we spent the day with Israel and Dani just relaxing and walking around the village of Kandern. Israel and I even drove into Weil am Rein to a German Harley shop to get a tee shirt for a friend of mine! The next day, we drove with Greg and Myriam Grano (Personnel Housing Coordinator for BFA) to Lenk, Switzerland where normal German is replaced by either High German or French. It did not matter as we were able to communicate with most we encountered, making for often humorous memories. As long as I can ask where the bathroom is, I am fine (Wo ist die toilette?). We were so disappointed that, due to illness, Israel (BFA Communication Supervisor) and Dani (BFA Assistant Chaplain, High School) were unable to go with us as they had planned. It was very difficult for Melinda and I to have to be at the retreat without Israel and Dani...but knew we were to be there for the kids and staff. There were 260 students and staff at the retreat, representing 52 different nations. These students are generally the children of missionaries. The school is a Godsend for parents who would like a Christ-centered education for their children but are unable to obtain it in the nation they serve. Some children are there for reasons of safety, such as girls from homes in Muslim nations, etc. Most of the children speak at least one language, while many speak multiple languages. Most, when asked, do not know what to say concerning where they are from. The first night of the retreat went very well. After a session of small groups competing in “Minute To Win It” challenges (which were hilarious!), we launched into worship. I do not think the kids expected an old guy to be so passionate. The Holy Spirit moved and the feedback was very positive. There was some concern the students would not know any of my music. I never allow that to discourage me, believing the heart of the new creation will latch on to and embrace whatever is being used to convey love to God. They knew more than they realized and worship was beautiful. As I sang “Passionate Obsession” over the gathering, several began to weep. I knew God would move mightily in individual lives. The next day, Melinda and I rested while the children skied, ice-skated, sledded, and played games. That evening, the final rounds of “Minute To Win It” were held and, once again, I laughed a lot. Melinda and I think we will try some of these games at an upcoming family event! Before worship began, Chaplain Sam shared how difficult the day had been, mainly from the stress of little fires from coordinating new activities (the air was too warm for the ice rink to be open!) to getting 5 sick children back home to Kandern (one of them being his own!). I then felt the Holy Spirit lead me to share about the birth of the song “It’s Gonna Be Alright” and asking those who felt like giving up to stand for ministry…asking those who felt abandoned and lonely to stand for ministry…and asking those who were wounded in their soul to stand for ministry. There were hardly enough people left seated to help lay hands on those who were standing, so they simply laid hands on one another. As the first phrase of the song rang out, weeping began to break out and healing began to flow. I felt like the Lord was moving mightily. After worshiping together, I went right into my testimony and shared the entire thing. The students were so attentive and engaged. It was obvious they were being ministered to. Afterwards, I had several who asked to talk with me about everything from same sex attraction to song writing and how to know the next steps in their future ministry. Many simply asked if they could just hug me. What amazing young people they are. After times like this I understand so much more of why the Lord allowed me to go through all I have gone through. He wastes nothing… This generation is facing such adversity due to their faith. I want them to have the passion to be able to go against the flow…and many of these young people have the grace to do just that. Sunday morning, I sang “The Blessing Song” over them and then we ended the retreat with communion. Sam asked if we could close with the song “Here in Your Presence”. This was so beautiful and meaningful to me…to know that the next generation would be singing their heartcry using one of my songs…a deep blessing. Melinda and I had taken some of my CDs and were able to offer them to the students for whatever they could afford…even if that was just a penny. One had only a dime. Others only a few Swiss Francs and others only a few Euros. This was so precious to Mel and I to be able to do. Thank you to all who helped make this trip possible by your financial support. I am already receiving emails from students who have asked for help. Please pray for them and even consider supporting the school and staff. The entire staff is self-supporting and is committed to providing a premier education to the students. Any help would be greatly appreciated and would reap benefits for generations to come. Dennis and Melinda To see pictures of the trip go to http://www.facebook.com/note.php?created&¬e_id=10150109330003611#!/album.php?fbid=10150136732484777&id=507304776&aid=290874 We want to thank Chaplain Sam Stemple for the honor and privilege of the opportunity of helping with the retreat. Sam is a great man who loves those kids and lays down his life for them. We are so honored to know him and Jenn. Thanks also to Phil Peters, Director of BFA, for this great privilege of helping minister to these wonderful young people. We are so grateful! Thanks to our Finnish soundman, Pepe Tolonen, for making the ministry time so easy. Thanks also for the encouragement and friendship!

Hymns Contest

For the past two weeks I have been working on recording a hymns project, combining some of my favorite hymns with some of my own songs that go well with each hymn. The project is called Hymns I and is simply yours truly, at the piano, in worship. You can hear and sing along with one of those recordings at http://dennisjernigan.com/blog/I-Stand-Amazed-in-the-Presence-1101.html Today I am having a contest. The winner will receive the entire collection of 11 hymns and songs via mp3s (in rough-mix form…not in their final mixed and mastered state). How do you win? Post on my Facebook home page, http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507304776#!/profile.php?id=507304776, or Fan Page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dennis-Jernigan/74167407367?ref=s, (in 25 words or less!) your favorite hymn and why it is your favorite. Tomorrow I will announce the winner after my team and I have reviewed the entries! All we ask is that you listen to the hymns – to be called Hymns I – and let us know what you think of the project. If you do not win but still want to receive and review the entire collection (in rough-mix form), I am giving the collection to each new subscriber to DJ Insiders during the remainder of the month of February! I look forward to reading your comments! Dennis Jernigan Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 NASB

Can you help me?!?!?

I need your help! Recently I received an email from an online file transfer service I use called youSENDit.com telling me of a video contest they were sponsoring. As the Lord would have it, I received a song within 5 minutes of receiving the email about the contest. I spent a couple of hours producing a simple video commercial and submitted it. I am now one of the top ten finalists! How can you help? I need you to go to these sites, watch the short video and vote for my video if you think it is worthy of your vote! To vote you will need to go through several steps: 1. Go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/YouSendIt/131247850118 2. Click the ‘Like’ button next to the YouSendIt heading at the top of the page 3. Click the arrow tab next to the PDF tab and toggle to ‘video’ 4. Once you are on the video page you will see the top ten videos. Mine is video #5. Click #5 5. Once you are watching my video you can then click the ‘like’ button. That will be your vote. You can then go to YouTube and vote there as well. This would mean a great deal to me and possibly help provide me with a new ministry tool. To vote on YouTube: 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAzVTUc9qZY 2. Watch the video and click the ‘like’ button The prize for winning? An Apple iPad! I have been wanting one but could not afford it at this time. Could this be the Lord’s way of providing? I don’t know…but I want to continue down this road and see! Would you take a few minutes and view the video on these sites and then consider casting a vote for me? And would you mind asking your friends to help as well? Thanks! Dennis Jernigan

Cover Art Signed and Framed by DJ

I thought this would be a cool way to bless fans who would like a bit of memorabilia from the new project. We have two versions of cover art that can be signed and framed. 12 X 12 blow-up of cover, signed by DJ - cost $40 plus shipping 13 X 8 CD cover and CD framed, signed by DJ - cost $30 plus shipping Just call Trish at 800-877-0406 and request the version you would like as well as who you would like it signed to. Go to the link below to see what I'm talking about! Blessings, DJ http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=235597&id=507304776&saved#!/album.php?aid=235597&id=507304776&ref=mf

You Are My All in All - Gaither Vocal Band

Thought you might enjoy these versions of 'You Are My All in All': http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=BylNBTbdtP8&feature=related http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=uSTyP404O_Y&feature=related

One Little Song...One Amazing Savior

Ramblings of a battle-weary soldier...a wanted man Yesterday I needed to hear God...and I received a letter...more about that later... Yesterday I was feeling a little worn out from the emotional toll of all the need I come in contact with. More and more people who do not have a clue who Jesus is are contacting me...more and more people every day are calling for help in their desire for freedom from all manner of bondage...and I feel a certain responsibility to respond when they do. If nothing else I can at least let people know I care they exist. It is during such times that the enemy seems to come at me in an especially wicked manner...telling me I am not even making a dent...telling me no one even notices or cares...and whatever his most effective fiery darts of the day may be! You get the picture. Good news: I am no one's Savior!I love to remind the enemy of that little nugget of truth. Jesus is Savior. All I can do is point people His way at best. What I have discovered is that most people respond to love...just knowing someone else knows and cares they exist. Even in my own life and ministry I respond to love...to people caring whether I exist or not! Jesus sealed the deal for me when He swept me off my feet with His love, revealing to me that not only did He care that I exist, He carefully PLANNED and ORDAINED my very existence...because He WANTED me! This makes sharing that truth with others who don't yet know it so rewarding for me...because I love when people have the Light turned on in their hearts. Reality: I still go through seasons of being overwhelmed with it all...and I am presently battling through to the place of rest, wondering if all I have been allowed to go through is worth it. Pain and weariness both have a way of directing my attention back to my Source...and I love the creativity with which Jesus pours His love out to me...which brings me to that letter I mentioned. The following letter came to me from my friend - worship pastor Scott Grimm. I have his permission to share this with you...and I share it because of the joy it flooded my soul with...and to remind you that even when we feel others may have forgotten about us, there is One Who remembers... DJ, I just returned from a trip to Indonesia where, among other things, I taught a course on compassion ministry to a group of young Indonesian church planters. Toward the end of the week, I was having them list various groups in their community they could reach out to. They listed several, but were very curious about a more controversial segment of their society. The language barrier was difficult, but I realized they were talking about the homosexual community. They had many questions about how Christians in America respond to this group, since, in Islamic Indonesia, such activity is outlawed and not as visible as it is in the states. They were very concerned about whether Christians should have anything to do with such people. Would the Church's outreach to homosexuals be seen as condoning of this lifestyle?... they wanted to know. I asked them if they thought it would be better if we simply did not extend love to homosexuals; if perhaps what we really needed to do is openly condemn their behavior and just hope for the best. They were quiet. I then said I wanted to share a story about a young man in America who struggled with his identity. "This young man had some church experience but felt unloved and unaccepted," I told them. "All his perceived rejection led him to seek out intimacy in the wrong ways, and ultimately led him into a gay lifestyle. Throughout his college experience, he hid this life from his Christian circles, but continued in it, becoming more confused about who he was. Because he was extremely talented musically, he attended a concert by a popular Christian group. It was at this concert he heard not a message of condemnation, but words of genuine love and hope. As a result, he chose to completely turn over hislife to Christ, and see himself the way God saw him." "Today," I said, "He lives victoriously, and is married with nine children!"The Indonesian church planters all smiled and applauded. "But that's not all,"I continued, as I walked over to the keyboard in the classroom and sat down."As I said, he's a gifted musician. This man has gone on to become aninfluential writer and leader of worship music. In fact, he wrote this song..." As I started playing and singing, "You are my strength when I am weak, You are the treasure that I seek, You are my all in all..." the place just came unglued.They began shouting and glorifying God. "You Are My All in All" is apparently a very meaningful song to them, though they never knew the power of the transformed life behind it. This revelation kicked off an extended worship time that lasted over an hour, highlighted by the realization that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, and that His church needs to love at all costs, because it is the love of our Savior that changes lives. I just wanted you to know. Blessings,Scott Grimm Dennis again: God, in His mercy, used this letter to give me a little nudge back into the place of resting in Him...reminding me that He does see and He does remember and He does care. God gave that little song to me 21 years ago...and look what He has done. This precious gift to me was 21 years in the making. His patience in sharing it at just the right time demonstrates His great love and care for me...and I share this, hopefully not in pride, but rather to remind YOU that He loves YOU and love us all better than we give Him credit for. My life is best lived when I choose to live it from His perspective rather than my own. In His Love and Grace, Dennis Jernigan PS Soon you will hear a new version of 'You Are My All in All' called 'You Are My All in All 2010', arranged and produced by my friend, Ryan Redding, and available as a bonus track on my new live recording, 'Here in Your Presence – Dennis Jernigan LIVE from San Antonio'.

Worship From the Living Room

Remember: Worship From the Living Room has been moved to tomorrow evening. DJ

You can now purchase the book GIANT KILLERS as an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch App at the iTunes store. Go to: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/giant-killers-by-dennis-jernigan/id352525494?mt=8

New Photos

Go here to see pics from my recent trip to Ridgecrest, NC and the LifeWay Worship Conference! http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=186024&id=507304776&saved#!/photos.php?id=507304776

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