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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Greetings,

BJ Speer

Well, they say time flies when your having fun but I'm not so sure I'd call the past few weeks fun...

This past week has been one of the hardest weeks of my life. Making the decision to admit my dad into a care facility and to take him there myself and to leave him was a pain I've never experienced. I felt like a criminal, and the guilt was overwhelming but knowing that this decision was made in his best interest and the best interest for my mom was all I could think about. The Christian care center in Springfield TN is a wonderful place with wonderful people who are giving dad the best care.

As hard as it is on me, it is taking a toll on my mom and has been very hard on her. She goes to visit him every day and spends as much time with him as possible. She is very emotional but also strong. She has developed a courage and strength that only God above could give. I pray that that quality will only grow as she will need it as her life has changed. Things will never be the same again and life as she knew it will be completely different as she adjusts to this new way of living. She needs prayer and lots of it. My heart is heavy as I try to process all of these things and changes.

I need clarity. My focus to stay on the road or stay home is very cloudy and as I struggle to find the light in this dark place I'm reminded of so many great verses. "Be strong and of good courage", "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me", and many others. I know God will give me and show me what I need but for the time being I just need peace. 

With these new changes, we need financial help. I need to know mom will be taken care of. Support has dropped significantly since they are no longer traveling but I must tell you, they are still serving The Lord...it's just a new ministry. People in the care facility have approached mom and asked questions about her faith and how she can accept this horrible disease after serving Christ for 40 years. She is being a lighthouse to those folks there in the dark valley. Dad can't always find his room but he goes into other rooms and prays with people. It's the one thing that he has not lost- his ability to pray. He prays with the nurses...it's so funny. In the last 5 days, the staff has fallen in love with him. 

We are so blessed they had a room available and is getting great care as his mind continues to get worse. The hallucinations are stronger, the sleep patterns are awful and the fact that mom can't take care of him anymore amazes me that God saw all of that and prepared the way to get him in at just the right time. 

My heart is so heavy but I know it's just the adjustment time. God is faithful. It is my desire to stay on the road as long as I can and raise support to travel home to see mom more often. The Dartts are willing to work with me and help me find more times to travel but I will need to raise funds to do so. Our ministry PayPal account is still accepting donations. Please visit our donations page

Gifts can still be sent to our address:
PO Box 422
Greenbrier, TN. 37073
Receipts will be given for your donations. 

Mom will be posting a blog this week as she explains everything from her point of view so continue to keep her in your prayers! Much love to all of you! And thank you for being a part of Billy, Paula & BJ Speer's ministry! 

In Christ,
BJ Speer

....look on the website this summer for BJ's new book titled "Dusty Road, A Journey into Faith". A $10 donation and all proceeds will go to Billy & Paula's medical needs. Dusty Road shares the trials and triumph of the Speer family as they dealt with Alzheimer's, the loss of their home and the miracles they saw God perform as He provided for them a place in TN. A July release is to be expected!

God Brings Blessings from Trials

Monday, May 13, 2013

     When starting this update, I was at a loss for words. I told my mom yesterday that if she wrote a blog, I would too.

     Yesterday was insanely busy as we ministered in 2 churches from the California Bay Area to Modesto. We were surrounded by friends who came to support us and showed us love in both services.

     I became highly overwhelmed with emotions this weekend. Saturday, the 11th, would have been my papa's birthday. He has been gone for a few years but I have really been missing him. Then Sunday was Mother's Day and I was feeling really blue being on the road and not at home with my mom. That's the worst part of being on the road...missing birthdays, holidays, special events, etc... I sent my mom a card, gift & flowers VIA friends and even talked to her on the phone but it wasn't the same. I missed being there to give her a hug, to say thank you in person for being such a great mom, to say how proud I was of her for taking on a new role in life and doing so well at it! My mom is amazing! I love her so much and as I hate what she is going through, she remains strong and faithful and I look up to her for everything. I'm truly blessed! 

     This morning I woke up to news that the bus was going to be in the repair shop for another 3-5 weeks. My heart sank. I was angry. I wanted to quit. Stoney told me we needed to continue traveling in the van and staying in hotels for a while as well as shocking me with the news that we needed to go to the bus and pack everything for 3-5 weeks, including luggage for our gospel cruise to Alaska AND inventory!! I just felt like I couldn't see the light of day...but as I sit here in the van driving down this California highway with the van packed to the ceiling in luggage, I see blue skies, green grass, growing crops, a peaceful breeze blowing through the trees and I say thank you Lord. Thank you for your creation. Thank you for my friends and family. Thank you for the songs we sing, the stories we have to share and the salvation that you have provided for us through your son. We have so much to rejoice over. We get so absorbed in ourselves and in our problems that are so minimal that we forget to thank God for the great blessings that are before us each day. From what seemed like a huge catastrophe, I can now say this: "thank you for the mini van provided, for hotels to shower in each day (no shower in our bus), the ability to actually pack everything for 3-5 weeks in 20 minutes, for your provision in everything."

Things could be a lot worse....

     Tonight we sing in lake port, CA then we begin to head to the great north west. Just 10 more days until our Alaska cruise!! And only a month away from being home!!

     Mom continues to care for dad at home and shares stories each time we talk. Some funny, some sad. We try to make sense of things but its simply impossible. I would ask that you continue to pray for mom & I as we make decisions and face more trials each day. I have been asked by so many people to compile stories, memories and personal testimonies from the past year explaining our miracle with moving mom & dad. So...I have started writing a book to be released this summer. It will share all of Gods little details that made everything possible!

     As you go on throughout this month of May, we bring in the beauty of the famous "May flowers", we celebrate graduations, summer break, vacations, etc... I suggest you reflect on Gods goodness in every situation. 

We greatly Appreciate the prayers and support! Don't give up on us!! 

Personal prayer request:
1. Physical health for Speers & Dartts 
2. Financial blessings for both families
3. To release all Billy & Paula Speer recordings to iTunes. So many people have wanted me to digitally release them all. The cost in this would be around $800 to put 19 recordings up on iTunes. It's a one time fee but would allow their music to continue without spending more money to press them. We can't afford to pay thousands of dollars to print 100's of CDs each time. Please pray for guidance as we push forward in this direction. I want to keep the music ALIVE!

 

Love in Christ,

BJ Speer

 

If you feel led to give a gift to help with the bus repairs, you may call us at:  707-344-4140, or send donations via PayPal to thedartts@msn.com or mail a gift to:
THE DARTTS
BUS REPAIR PROJECT
PO BOX 422
GREENBRIER, TN 37073
 
Thank you for your prayers and financial support, we greatly appreciate it!

The Broken Bus Tour

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Broken Bus Tour MAJOR PRAYER REQUEST: 

THE TROUBLE:: A pipe that routes exhaust from the bus engine to the tailpipe BROKE in the engine bay, causing the EXTREMELY HOT exhaust (fresh out of the engine) to dump right into the engine bay. Things got so hot that it actually melted away a good portion of the metal that makes up the radiator, causing our coolant to come gushing out, eventually losing all of it... We anticipate that the cost will be in the thousands of dollars, & we need for God to provide that somehow. Please pray & put us on your prayer lists & follow along to see how God orchestrates together the circumstances, people, finances, timing, etc. This is going to be exciting!...
 
UPDATE!! "The Broken Bus"
We've been informed of additional repairs that are necessary & can now expect that the bus won't be ready until Friday, May 17th. The metal base plate that supports the radiator is completely rusted out & must be replaced. Parts may not be in until Tuesday, & this now puts the total repair costs at about $11,800 including the towing & yet-to-be fixed air conditioner. We had some incredible news yesterday when an individual called us to pledge $2,000 toward the repair costs, which brings our repair fundraiser total up to about $4,000. God is awesome & his people are responding. Please continue to pray & thank you for your prayers. 
IF YOU FEEL LED TO SHARE A GIFT TO HELP WITH REPAIRS, YOU CAN CALL US AT 707-344-4140, OR SEND DONATIONS VIA PAYPAL TO THEDARTTS@MSN.COM OR MAIL A GIFT TO:
THE DARTTS
BUS REPAIR PROJECT
PO BOX 422
GREENBRIER, TN 37073

UPDATE!! - "THE BROKEN BUS" - MAY 7, 2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

We were informed this afternoon that the estimate for repairs on the bus will most likely be $8,200+. That puts us at somewhere around $9,500 including the tow & the air conditioner that still needs repairs. All the parts are in stock except the radiator, which is shipping from Southern California. $2,000 has been gifted or pledged so far. Please pray.

MAJOR PRAYER REQUEST! - "THE BROKEN BUS" - MAY 6, 2013

Monday, May 06, 2013

Saturday night, May 4th.

THE GOOD NEWS IS - we are safe. We have what we need tonight - we're able to sleep in the bus & have electricity - we could have had a fire, but we didn't - we could have broke down on the side of the road, but we didn't - we got to this evenings destination & Stoney was just setting the parking brake when the warning light popped on on the dashboard of the bus. The church we're staying at tonight just happens to be a place where the pastor lives next door - so we were able to get his help - & they have a vehicle available for us to use to get to our dates tomorrow. THE TROUBLE:: A pipe that routes exhaust from the bus engine to the tailpipe BROKE in the engine bay, causing the EXTREMELY HOT exhaust (fresh out of the engine) to dump right into the engine bay. Things got so hot that it actually melted away a good portion of the metal that makes up the radiator, causing our coolant to come gushing out, eventually losing all of it. The heat even melted the outer plastic housing on the opposite side of the radiator from where the heat source is. Most likely we will have the bus towed to a repair shop in West Sacramento on Monday (about 30 miles). At the very least, we will have to have a new radiator & housing installed & repairs made to the exhaust system. We anticipate that the cost will be in the thousands of dollars, & we need for God to provide that somehow. Please pray & put us on your prayer lists & follow along to see how God orchestrates together the circumstances, people, finances, timing, etc. This is going to be exciting!

 
 
UPDATE: Monday morning, May 6th -
We had a blessed Sunday, spending the morning at our home church, Napa Valley Baptist in Napa, California, and moved on to the kind folks at Tabernacle Baptist in Roseville, California for a Sunday night concert. We've been blessed so far to have the use of a van from a church in the area. A $100 GIFT TOWARD REPAIRS CAME IN LAST NIGHT FROM AN INDIVIDUAL AT THE CONCERT (IN ADDITION TO SOME MUCH APPRECIATED FOOD & FUEL GIFT CARDS). TABERNACLE BAPTIST BLESSED US WITH AN EXTRA $450 OFFERING GIFT TOWARD REPAIRS LAST NIGHT. AND A FAMILY MEMBER BLESSED US WITH A PAYPAL GIFT OF $500 TOWARD REPAIRS. That's a good start toward the yet-unknown repair costs, & in the meantime, we had at least 6 people put a hand up in services yesterday to let us know they had accepted Christ! God is good! Please keep us in your prayers. Today we begin the effort to get the bus moved from Vacaville to a West Sacramento repair facility. We'd like to avoid towing it, but it may be impossible to drive it any distance without causing more damage. IF YOU FEEL LED TO SHARE A GIFT TO HELP WITH REPAIRS, YOU CAN SEND DONATIONS VIA PAYPAL TO THEDARTTS@MSN.COM OR MAIL A GIFT TO;
THE DARTTS
BUS REPAIR PROJECT
PO BOX 422
GREENBRIER, TN 37073
 
TUESDAY UPDATE :
So the bus was dropped at the repair shop Monday after closing time. Stoney dropped in this morning to get the ball rolling & get the work order written up. THE TOWING BILL ENDED UP BEING $500, WHICH IS ABOUT HALF WHAT WE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE. We're waiting to hear what the damages & estimates are for the repair, but it was encouraging to see them getting right to work. In the meantime, we've been able to keep the church van from Vacaville for a couple more days, we were blessed with a $25 food gift card from an individual, & someone else called to say they want to apply a payment of between $500 & $1,000 directly to the repair shop when the invoice gets written up. Praise The Lord! Thank you all & please keep praying!
 
 
 If you would like to send a gift to help with repairs you may donate through PAYPAL to thedartts@msn.com, by calling us at 707-344-4140, or mail a gift to:
THE DARTTS
BUS REPAIR PROJECT
PO BOX 422
GREENBRIER, TN 37073

Speer Update

Monday, April 15, 2013

Greetings Faithful Friends and Prayer Warriors,

 
     It has come to my attention that it has been quite some time since an update on my folks, as well as myself! Things have been super busy lately and I have been going in so many different directions I am not even sure which way is onward! 
 
     After moving mom and dad to Springfield, TN in January, I had a couple weeks to get them settled in before I headed out to FL for our winter tour. We had a great trip and saw several people saved! God is so GOOD! 
 
      We (The Dartts) returned to Nashville the first week in March, jumped into the studio and laid our vocals down for a new Dartts recording, titled "Get Up and Get Your Shoes On" (Look for an early summer release on Darttmusic.com) and celebrated my 33rd Birthday with friends and family! 
From there we headed out on our West Coast tour March 14th starting in Paron, AR and have seen God work in a Mighty way since we have left home. I battled a sinus infection which had me on an antibiotic for 10 days and about drove me crazy, but thankfully I am feeling much better and have it under control with new allergy meds! THANK YOU LORD!! 
 
     We have already ministered in TX, NM, AZ and now tonight we begin in CA! We are excited to be sharing new music and great blessings about how AWESOME our God is! We will be on this tour through June 11th...Check the calendar for tour dates!
 

Now an update on mom and dad....

     Since moving to TN, mom and dad seem to be enjoying their new place of residency. Dad loses a little more of his memory each day and becomes more confused daily, adding an extra stress load to mom. She is so tired and worn out, but for now remains his only care giver. We realize that there is a time coming where we will need to be putting him in a day-care and then on to a care treatment facility, but for now she remains the only help! Due to not having health insurance, everything is out of pocket until we qualify for some funding. TN offers great care funding but there are many hoops we must jump through and we are in the process now. It could be up to 6 months depending on approval....Until then to take him to day-care is $25 for 4 hours or $180 per 24 hours period. We are praying for Gods provision, protection and peace while we figure out the next step in this process. We know He has something special for us but we are awaiting to see what that will be! In the meantime, pray for STRENGTH for mom....She needs so much help and prayer so please be in prayer for her!! For finances to provide help and care so she can have a break....God can do it!!
 
     For myself, I need prayer for direction...I am so confused as to know what to do lately. Do I stay on the road and continue in ministry? Create awareness and raise support for my folks through CD's and love gifts? Or go home and help my mom in the care-giving process? I know God will lead and direct but for the time being it is emotionally wearing on me...I am finding myself completely exhausted each day...When singing every night and traveling from place to place and trying to encourage folks, it is easy for ourselves to become worn out and emotionally withdrawn. I feel I need a charge, a BOOST! I would love to go home every few weeks to visit, but due to limited finances and trying to help mom and dad from here on the road....I am unable to do so. Our tour schedule doesn't allow me to do much extra travel as well, but I have been given permission to go home at any point on this tour for as many days as I need from the Dartts. I would ask you to pray that God would give me great wisdom when making big decisions! 
 
     I thank you all for the prayers you have sent up, for the provision of love gifts you have sent out and for the constant reminder that God is with us through this valley. It blesses my heart to hear your kind words of encouragement. To see you at our concerts...the hugs, the tears and the laughs! 
Please...continue to lift us up in prayer! It has been so challenging to see such a great man, (husband, father, musician and servant) slip away before our eyes! We miss the voice and the laughs, but we know one day we will hear it once again!! I believe that time is coming soon as the Lords return draweth nigh. 
 
Thank you and may God Bless you as He has blessed us!
BJ Speer
 

Speers NEW mailing address:

Paula Speer
313 Brandywine Lane
Springfield, TN. 37172
 
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Moving Mom and Dad

Saturday, February 02, 2013

     Happy New year from the Speers! I know this update comes about a month late, but things have been insane and I have finally found a moment in the midst of driving 12 hours to begin our Flordia tour.

     On January 12th, we started the morning at about 10am with the arrival of about 15 helpers at our door ready to load the moving truck...what a blessing it was to have the help! Within 2 hours the furniture and boxes were loaded and the truck left our driveway with a dear friend, John Fickett behind the wheel. We thank John as he took the 27ft truck and mom and dad's dog (Gracie) on the 12 hour journey to Nashville.

      Stoney and I finished helping mom get ready and then we loaded them into a car and headed off to the airport...we caught a 7:00pm flight and arrived in Nashville at 8:15pm! It was quite a climate change for my parents and I could see it in their eyes. "BJ, where have you moved us to?" Haha! I dropped them off at a hotel and waited for the truck to arrive on Sunday evening. Wouldn't you know it, the weekend we were supposed to move Nashville is hit with heavy rain and flood watches which turned into freezing rain! On Monday morning, I couldn't stand it anymore...I got up at 6am (this never happens to singers just so you know. We don't know what that hour is unless it's Sunday morning) and I started unloading the truck by myself. Around 11am, help started to show up and by mid afternoon, the truck was fully unloaded. Along with the help from some good friends, we began to unpack and get things on the wall for mom and dishes put away. I stayed up nearly all night and had the house picture perfect for my mom. On Tuesday morning, January 15th, I went and picked them up from the hotel and took them to their new home. Mom had only seen the house once - completely empty back in October. When the doors opened emotions were running high! It was an overwhelming experience that brought tears to our eyes. Dad still doesn't quite understand it all...but enough to know that this house is where he is suppose to be for the time being. Each day he is getting up a little earlier and wearing mom out a little more. Haha...The past few weeks mom has been adjusting to the move quite nicely. Figuring out what is near by, etc....However, in the past weeks she has seen Tennessee expereince freezing rain, flooding, 70 degree weather, snow, ice and tornadoes! It has been strange that's for sure!!

     I am so thankful that I have been able to be home to help her get settled in. The Dartts experienced several cancellations in January and it has been extremely tight financially but we know God will provide as He always has. On February 1st, mom and dad celebrated 39 years of marriage and so I took them to dinner to celebrate. Dad kept asking whose birthday it was, so we had a little fun with him. We had friends bring cake and ice cream and had a nice evening just relaxing and laughing which we all need to do a little of. I am so grateful to all of you who have made my parents feel welcome, folks who have been praying for a smooth transition and who have continued to support us. We have a few concerns about the monthly expenses, but we believe if God moved them to TN, then God will keep them in TN and take care of them.

     I left this morning for FL as we, The Dartts, will have 12 concerts down here this month all over the state. Please pray for good finances, souls to be saved, hearts to be encouraged and good health for all of us. We are in the process of recording a new album. Last week we were in the studio laying down tracks for 14 brand new songs. Lord willing we will be doing our vocals in March before we leave town for our 3 month west coast tour. So as you can see, we need a lot of prayer cover as well.

     Again, sorry for taking so long to update the news section but we will hopefully be doing better and responding sooner. Mom will be getting her blogs up again this month as well. Keep praying for Billy, Paula and BJ during this time. We have a long road ahead.


Love in Christ,
BJ


Keep the music alive! Order music online or by email. Also full recordings are being added to iTunes.

     Mom and dad thank you all for prayers and would love to hear from you via email or phone so feel free to contact them. Mom can be reached at paulacspeer@aol.com. If you would like to send a gift to help the Speers, you can donate and recieve a tax deductible receipt.


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Billy Speer Ministries, Inc.

Checks can be mailed to:
BJ Speer
PO Box 422
Greenbrier, TN 37073

Donations can also be made through Paypal to bjspeer@darttmusic.com

Hard Decisions

Saturday, June 29, 2013

God Brings Blessings from Trials

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Broken Bus Tour

Monday, May 13, 2013

UPDATE!! - "THE BROKEN BUS" - MAY 7, 2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

MAJOR PRAYER REQUEST! - "THE BROKEN BUS" - MAY 6, 2013

Monday, May 06, 2013

Speer Update

Monday, April 15, 2013

 

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