I found the title of this blog fitting, as we are indeed gathering momentum as the time-clock continues to tick. We are getting the ball rolling ministry wise (with several outreaches took place in the recent past and are taking place in the near future), gearing up for some new music, preparing to have a baby girl in August and recently booked our first out of country concert as DeRuse Ministries!
City Union Mission (3/17)
A couple weeks ago we had the privilege of going to a homeless shelter to perform and preach the Gospel. It’s always a humbling experience to bring the Good News to those who are often treated as worthless to society. We were able to talk afterwards with some of the men there and encourage them in their walk with the Lord.
Bonner Springs Middle School (3/24)
We had the amazing opportunity to perform at the middle school in the neighboring town from where I grew up. There were over 200 kids in attendance — many of them hungry for truth! Our prayer is that the message of the Gospel will continue to weigh heavily upon their hearts. Check out the live freestyle I did at this event below:
New Life Assembly (3/30)
After a performance I did for the youth group at New Life Assembly in Oak Grove, Missouri, a boy about the age of 12 came up to me and shared about how his parents split up when he was young like mine did. From there, he bounced around in foster care before he was finally adopted. He thanked me for taking the time to share my story, and was encouraged by how God changed my life. It’s stories like this that make it all worth it!
Lee's Summit North's Baccalaureate
After speaking/performing at Lee's Summit North's Baccalaureate service, this lady came up to me with tears in her eyes, thanking me so much for what I shared (I did a spoken word type poem of the Gospel message). She started crying halfway through my performance and told me she couldn't stop even after the event was over.
I hugged her, encouraged her, and gave her my email if she needed to reach out and talk more with my wife and me. I'm honored to be able to give the message, though it's the Gospel itself that does the work. This is why we do what we do - to see lives impacted by the power of the Gospel!
Check out the video of my spoken word poem of the Gospel below!
Bar Wars *Episode 1* (3/1/16)
I released a fun Star-Wars themed single in March with a lyric video. Check it out below:
Reminiscin' 2.0 *Single* (5/10/16)
Reminiscin' 2.0 is the follow up single from the original song which was on the "DeRusalem Mixtape". The audio was released on May 10th and the music video is soon to follow. Check out the audio to it below via YouTube:
Kansas City Higher Arts Cypher
I had the privilege of being a part of a song with 11 other Christian Hip Hop artists in the Kansas City area. The song is done being recorded and we just shot the music video (picture below) that is soon to be released along with the audio of the song. Details to come! Can't wait to share with you all.
New Music Coming
I'm planning on releasing a new project hopefully by the end of the year. I've been busy writing and getting everything ready. The only thing that I'm not sure about is how life will be when Dani and I (mostly Dani lol) bring this daughter into the world this coming August.
JUN 10 | Resound Fest 2016 | Bethany, MO | Free Event
JUN 28 | 2016 Awaken Camp | Rushville, MO | Free Event
JUL 30 | Smithville Christian Family Day | Smithville, MO | Free Event
AUG 20 | Victorious Festival | Vancouver, Canada | Free Event
** More events/outreaches pending**
For more information on upcoming events go to www.colederuse.com/events
- For a safe trip to Montana May 31-June 7) for Rickey's (Cole's brother) high school graduation.
- For continued open doors for more outreaches and concerts.
- Safety for Dani and the baby as she enters the third trimester of pregnancy.
- For wisdom and finances to release a new album by the end of the year (Lord willing).
A HUGE thank you to all those who pour into our lives and ministry both prayerfully and financially. Lives are being reached and positive, Christ-centered music is getting into the hands of people all over the globe. My last music release "The DeRusalem Mixtape" has been downloaded over 250 times from 15 different countries. SO awesome! We seriously couldn't do what we do without you all!
Cole & Dani DeRuse