THE VIEW FROM MY WINDOW - January 2022
YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER
2022 is now in full swing, and I believe I have a direction for KSM… and I’ll bet you won’t see this one coming. I sure didn’t. In response to this one you might say “you should know better”. Then again, that’s nothing new for me. Before we start, let’s see where we stand for scheduling 2022. Now before I say this, let me remind you (and especially me) that there are no guarantees in our crazy world.
Each year I have begun scheduling for the following year in early January. January and February have historically been the slowest months for our ministry, so this seemed like a logical thing to do. This breaks up our year a bit and provides me some time for a “clearing of the mind” if you will. You may remember me telling you how in March of 2020 when the lockdowns began, we had seven open Sundays in all of the remaining year. I then began lamenting how everything we had scheduled cancelled in just a few weeks weeks. So with that reality in mind, here is where we are this year in January.
We now have conferences scheduled in California, New Jersey and Colorado which creates the framework for three “mini-tours”. We have another “mini-tour” scheduled to Southwest Missouri. Because of demand I stretched our 2022 Christmas season backwards into November one week and now that entire tour is already spoken for. On any of these “tours” I could pack in the right weeknight or Saturday night (distance and time permitting), but the tour is already up and standing on its own. As far as 2022 Sunday opportunities, here’s where we are: We have one Sunday left in February. March, May, June, September and October. I have two Sundays available in July. When I do the math, that leaves 8 open dates remaining in the entirety of 2022. WOW… who would have believed it. Not me.
But that’s not the big news…
I have joked with you all so many times about how the “Studios of KNIGHTsong Ministries” is “otherwise known as “my in-laws spare bedroom”. Thats only half of the equation. The “Offices of KNIGHTsong Ministries” is the living room/dining room/family room/media room/kitchen of our RV. There are times when we go weeks without ever seeing the dining table and chairs, let alone eat on it! And honestly, this was never a big deal when my backyard each night was the Ocean or the mountains… or somewhere in between. During those “good old days”, the KSM studio competed with the KSM office for any available space in the RV. Whenever possible, I did my work outside under a picnic pavilion or a shade tree. That’s why, with our “new normal” (and YES… I greatly dislike those words), we’ve embraced the “several short tours” as opposed to the “three really long tours”. However, when you put it all together our dining table still remains cluttered, now on an even more regular basis.
My birthday this year ushers in another one of those milestone numbers (not to be spoken aloud). Once again its time to start winding things down, right? Sorry, can’t do that. I ought know better. I’m not certain when (or if) that time ever comes, but the only word that comes to my mind today is “forward”. So here we go, the most ambitious thing we’ve ever attempted. Forward into the gaping unknown. It’s time for a leap of faith. Will KSM finally have a “home”?
Dean and Joann Harrison (my in-laws, Baddy and Mimi) have ALWAYS been great supporters of KSM. After all, Matt was their grandson! They have allowed a portion of their land for KSM to place a simple 16’x40’ structure. It will be situated near our current fifth wheel parking barn. The interior will be divided and finished into two specific work spaces. One will be a creative space specifically designed, decorated and acoustically treated for video and audio recording and editing purposes. It will house all of our gear and provide a small “live room” space for recording. There will also be a designated location suitable for creating podcasts (including video). This will create an environment far more accessible, suitable and conducive to creativity. The remaining area will be finished as office/meeting space. This construction will provide a work area for Shaunda as well as space for board meetings, small group Bible studies and small grief group meetings as the Lord directs. It will also provide much needed storage space for product inventory and sound equipment which now overrun my closets and small personal storage shed. This building will remain a portable structure in the event it ever needed to be moved.
HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST?
Well, lots! We are anticipating only electrical up-fitting (no plumbing) including a 2 head mini split HVAC. Additional amounts would be spent on sound treatment and general construction material.
SO HOW WILL WE PAY FOR THIS? I’m so glad you asked!
“Oh buckle up”, you might be thinking, "here it comes!" Well I could offer my upcoming Legacy Project CD/DVD for a “love offering” of some slightly staggering amount. I could post pictures meant to engender intense emotion while playing mournful music and then make an appeal for say, 50 cents a day. Then again I could offer a free product and use the responses to build a database for a direct appeal. No, I think I’ll keep in mind our formative business model of “anytime, anywhere with no mention of finances”. We will not in any way solicit funds for this project. Here’s a couple thoughts though:
My prayer to God has remained consistent through our Journey: It has never been “God send us money to tell Matt’s story”, but rather “God help me find a way to work to fund the telling of Matt’s story”. I would like to think that the creative area of this venture would provide for increased production output. With that thought in mind, I will soon begin to seek additional churches that might be willing to trade monthly missions support for some form of a combination of consulting, installation, hands on mentoring and the regular creation of custom media. I believe (after the construction is complete) that I will have the time to assist up to four additional churches in this manner. This will also help with the newfound “extras” that come with a building. Things like electricity, maintenance and such.
And speaking of construction, did I mention that my Father in Law is going to lead the actual construction? We’re gonna take this one on ourselves. Just in case some of you would like to invest your construction talent in furthering ministry, here’s an opportunity! In a very real way, swinging a hammer could contribute greatly to sharing hope to parents who are grieving the loss of a child. If you are interested in adding your particular skill (site prep, framing, roofing, finish carpentry, electrical, cleaning, flooring etc) let me know. I might be even able convince Baddy to drag out the grill and make us a hamburger for lunch. We may even communicate a construction schedule from time to time.
This is certainly the most ambitious effort we have made to date, and as such has some very real inherent risks. So once again I ask for your prayers. This is most certainly a huge stretch of our Faith. I do however, feel that for the benefits mentioned and a myriad of additional factors, that this is a direction God would have us to take.
So here I am on the cusp of an oft dreaded number on the birthday scale, and I should probably begin to gear down a bit. I don’t think I will though. I guess I’ll keep moving “forward”. I ought to know better. Ever stop to think that perhaps I do? I know Christ, and He is MUCH “better”!