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This past year has been incredibly insane as I began a fundraising campaign to buy a house & move my parents to Nashville, TN (which was a success!), recorded a new solo CD (“Through” which won a Best New Artist Award by the CSGMA), recorded a new Dartts CD (released this month), wrote a new book (“Dusty Road, A Journey into Faith”), maintained a busy touring schedule (over 220 concerts in the past year), and most recently, admitted my
dad into a nursing home facility.
God has provided in ways I could not have even imagined and presented Himself faithful and true over and over again. As things continue to become busier on the road, I have felt like my heart is being pulled in too many directions. My desire to be with my mom during this difficult time, as well as to see my dad as he fades before our eyes so quickly; however, my love for the road, music, people and souls remains strong and true. I have wondered “what will people say if I come off the road?” or “why isn’t he taking care of his parents by being at home?” If there was a way to split myself up, I would! The pressure at times seems overwhelming and the nights cause many wide awake moments. I am trying to adjust and find an easy medium, but as the stress builds I am finding I can’t do everything. I am looking at trying something a little different, but will need everyone’s help! I am looking to try to raise support that would allow me to travel Thursday-Sunday with the Dartts and be at home with my mom Mondays - Thursday mornings. The 2-3 month tours are killing me and I don’t want to give up the road right now. I would be therefore working part time with the Dartts so I can be home and help mom adjust to these changes. I can’t tell you a time frame or how long this will last, but the doctors are certain that my dad’s health is worsening daily and his Lewy Body Dementia will not be long lasting. I would like to spend more time with him but yet keep as many Dartt obligations as I can. I will be taking a cut in funds from the Dartts and would need to raise support to supplement the time at home. Many people would say, “Why don’t you get a part time job at home?” Well, the purpose of me going home for a few days each week is so I can spend it with my family and enjoy my dad while I can, plus I would then be traveling and singing on weekends with the Dartts thus keeping just as busy, but rearranging my time. Transitions take time, I know this. I don’t expect this to happen overnight.
Here is what I am asking....I am wanting to find 25 people who would support $25 or more each month for 1 year AND 10 people who would support $50 or more each month. This would cover not only my missed funds from the Dartts, but also travel expenses each weekend. Tax deductible receipts cannot be given for this specific project due to our CPA/Corporation regulations. I realize this may hinder your decision some and I completely understand. Non-profit rules have changed and they are cracking down on us, and we are trying to accept and
follow their restrictions. Donations that are made to Billy Speer Ministries Inc, on behalf of Billy and Paula Speer will still continue to receive tax deductible receipts.
I don’t know what to expect or what will come of all of this. I do know that God has promised to take care of His children. He’s promised to give us the desires of our hearts and to bless the faithful. I also know that I have seen Him work miracles for my family over the past year and I know He has more in store! It is a lot to ask of people, but I know many of you care for my mom and dad, have prayed for them religiously, and supported them through the years. Now, I ask you to trust me as I continue to care for them and follow what God has called me to do.
If you are interested in helping me in this project, please email me at: email@example.com and share with me how you would like to be involved. Prayers are needed too!! I appreciate each one of you and your love for this Speer Family!
Donation can be sent to:
PO Box 422
Greenbrier, TN 37073