Spring 2011 UPDATE!

It’s been a little while since I’ve been able to write you an extensive update.  SO, here’s a quick fly-by of what’s going on and what’s being planned.  Through it all, please pray with us that the Lord will have HIS way, and that HE would get lots of glory.

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NEW ALBUM:

Pregnant.  That’s how I’ve been feeling.  I am READY to get into that studio and see these new songs come to life!  So….God willing, we’ll be recording during the month of April, and looking towards a JULY or AUGUST OFFICIAL RELEASE (Official Date TBA).  So keep your eyes peeled, and pray with us for Spirit-Empowered, Scripture-Saturated songs that magnify Jesus.

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1ST SINGLE:

Many of you have been asking about a song we have been doing lately called “It Is Finished”.  Many of you are also quite angry that you are unable to get this song.  Well, some good news for you….”It Is Finished” will be our first “single”, which means you will be able to get it BEFORE the actual ALBUM releases.  It’s a great song for Easter, so we are hoping to be able to release it around APRIL 1, in time for you guys to get it to the Church.  It will be available exclusively at mattpapa.com.

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CD RELEASE TOUR:

This FALL we are planning to do some CD release concerts for the new album.  If you are a leader, pastor, youth pastor, or event coordinator, and you are interested in one of these concerts possibly coming to your church or city, please go here and fill out this form:

http://web.me.com/mattpapa/FALL_TOUR/Matt_Papa_Tour_Request.html

We hope to get to see you and worship with you!

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CURRENT:

The spring is always a busy season for us, but God is always so faithful to give us strength and zeal for the gospel, when we are weak & dependent on Him.  Since January, we have been privileged to be able to minister somewhere each weekend, and we have seen SO MANY students get LIT UP for Jesus!  It honestly never gets old.  When a group really hears the gospel, and they GET it, they WILL change this world!  It’s a beautiful thing and it’s a FACT.  Please pray for this summer of ministry that we have ahead of us!  WE DON’T WANT TO JUST TRAVEL AROUND AND PLAY SONGS AND SELL CD’S!!  I WOULD RATHER QUIT OR DIE BEFORE I DO THAT.  I want to see an AWAKENING in this generation, which is IMPOSSIBLE without the Holy Spirit.  I don’t want us just to go.  I want us to be SENT.

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ORPHANAGE:

Many of you have also asked about our orphanage in India, which is still in the process of being built.  I am so thankful for your prayers for this.  It is a bit more expensive than we anticipated, so it is taking a bit longer than we anticipated.  If you feel led to learn more about this ministry, or possibly to give, please visit this site.  Thank you!

http://web.me.com/mattpapa/127/1_27_houses.html

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CHURCH:

Time fails for me to tell you what AN AWESOME CHURCH we are now a part of.  We love The Summit Church dearly, and are so thankful to be there.  I have the honor of serving there when I am not serving on the road.  You can learn more about the church at www.summitRDU.com.

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FAMILY:

Lastly, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, and many of you already may know, there is a NEW PAPA!  Her name is Stella, and she arrived about 5 weeks ago.  She is a precious, eating, sleeping, & pooping little blessing.  God is SO GOOD!  (And we are so tired)  My wife is such an amazing woman and I am so proud of her and HONORED to be her husband.

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FINALLY:

To the faithful and few who made it this far in this update – Please know that I am SO THANKFUL for YOU!  I am so blessed by your encouragement and prayers over the years.  We need it!  Please let us know if there is any way we can pray for you.

For the Church, For the Gospel, For the Glory of God-

Matt Papa