Dani and I are so encouraged by the response from my latest project titled, “The DeRusalem Mixtape”. Many friends, family, and supporters rallied behind us by downloading, sharing, and financially contributing to the project from all over the world! There were over 230 downloads from 15 different countries! If you don’t have it yet, go download it HERE. You have nothing to lose—it’s FREE!
We've had a busy couple of months with: outreaches, learning more of the music and for-profit side of the coin, booking new events, preparing for concerts, writing new music, growing in the Lord, and serving with our local church (Mission Road Bible Church). Having the time and energy to grow and do ministry well has been such a blessing! Here's a handful of outreach/concert highlights from the past couple of months:
Westside Family Church - White Out Party (9/12-13)
The whiteout party was one of the highlights of our quarter. The sound was awesome, the kids were excited, and it was such a high energy event. Dani and I were able to reach out to a couple hundred kids over the course of 2 days and handed out over a hundred Gospel tracts in the process. Check out the freestyle video below. The kids loved it! Click HERE or the photo above to see a highlight video of the concert.
After performing at Nehemiahfest (in Smithville, MO), a lady came up to my wife and me with tears in her eyes asking for prayer and thanked me for sharing my story/the Gospel in such a relatable way on stage. She then shared with us about her ongoing meth addiction which resulted in her child being taken from her by the state. She recently put herself in a rehab program to get clean, but was on the brink of calling it quits the night before my performance. She reluctantly stayed to see my show, but was so glad she did! She wants to keep following the Lord, maintain her sobriety and take the necessary steps towards getting her child back. Be praying with us for this young lady! Click HERE or the photo above to see some of the live concert.
Jubilee Church's Grand Opening (9/19)
Rapping with a good friend of mine, Joe "InfiniteVizion" Affholter at his church's grand opening was a blast. The majority of people there may not have picked rap/hip-hop music as their first choice, but being able to relate to them through the avenue of music was an encouraging experience.
Christian Life Center - Lee's Summit, MO (10/28)
After performing at this youth event a couple girls came up and asked me to pray for their friend who was finally back at church after 4 years. What was encouraging about this is that the girls had to be around 10 or 11 years old! I pray the Lord keeps them all on the narrow path, by His grace.
Evangel's Halloween (10/31)
One of my mentors (Michael "TopSpin" Tosspon) invited me out to perform at His church's halloween event in which over 50 people heard the Gospel. It was quite the honor to get an invite to perform with the guy who has been mentoring me spiritually and musically for the past 7 years! A big thanks to all who came out to watch me perform, appreciate you guys.
- For continued open doors for outreach opportunities.
- For God to continue to mold us and conform us a bit more every day into the image of His Son.
- For our the pending outreaches in Nov and Dec to be confirmed so that we can get out there to preach the Gospel.
By God’s grace, we've had 11 outreaches over the past two months—6 alone were in September! Thanks to supporters like you, over 700 people heard the Gospel (since August) through the avenue of hip hop music at my live shows. We appreciate you, and thank God for you!
With great thanks,
Cole & Danelle DeRuse DeRuse Ministries