If you’re anywhere near Budapest next month, please join me for any of three Christmas concerts. I’ll be singing with a great orchestra and the Solo Gratia Choir on Sat. Dec. 14th at the Budapest Fasori Reformed Church and then 2 concerts on Sunday, Dec. 15th at 5 and 7 pm the Biatorbagy City Hall Auditorium. Tickets are free but you need a ticket to attend as the concerts sell out fast! Drop me a note for more information. Tunde Futo will be conducting the choir and orchestra.
Tickets for the Randy Mayfield Concert at the Sheldon are on sale NOW directly from Randy. You can pick up tickets at the Central Presbyterian Church or e-mail Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org to order your tickets. They will also be available on Metrotix online or by phone on Dec. 1st with an additional handling fee. All $50 VIP seats are sold out (sorry!) but plenty of good $20 Orchestra seats and $15 Balcony seats are available. Get yours today!
Proceeds from the Randy Mayfield Concert will benefit the MICAH PROJECT in Honduras. www.micahprojecthonduras.org
Hey Friends. Join me on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm for a classical concert at the beautiful Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis. We will have a wonderful String Orchestra under the direction of Chris Sasse and special guest soloist, soprano, Susan Crecelius. David Kowalcyk will grace the piano and Patrick Crecelius on guitar.
Pre-sale VIP seats are on sale now for $50 and are very limited. (VIP SEATS ARE NOW SOLD OUT!) Orchestra and Balcony tickets go on sale in December from Metrotix (Metrotix.com) or you can save on shipping and handling and pick up tickets from the Central Presbyterian Church in Clayton, MO.
For more information, call or e-mail me at; email@example.com, (314) 854-0133.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Micah Project for street kids in Honduras. www.micahprojecthonduras.org
Hope to see you all there!
My lovely bride and I just returned last night from 10 days in beautiful Greece. It was a working trip as I led worship for a conference of missionaries and Christian leaders from Albania and Greece on the island of Corfu.
And then we spend a few days on the island of Santorini where we also went on a Sunset cruise. What a blessing to be able to serve the Lord and enjoy his beautiful creation at the same time. God IS Good!
We’re home now in time to see our Cardinals win the World Series. We’re going to the game on Sunday! I hope the “Rally Squirrel” shows up again and brings us our 12th Championship. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk0vDEoTTEc
I’ll be home in November and then heading to Hungary in December to share in three Christmas outreach concerts with choir and orchestra. (Come and hear us in Budapest Friday-Sunday, Dec. 13-15.)
OK, this may not be suitable for everyone. It’s PG-13 and if you don’t like to talk about bodily odors, then skip to the next article…but after several recent trips around the world on airplanes, I have to speak up! Flying stinks! Literally, it stinks! But, I have a bit of a cure thanks to my brilliant bride, so keep reading to the end!
Yes, flying stinks! On a recent trip to a large continent, I was flying alongside several nationals. Yes, I know that our cultures are different and I do appreciate how all of us are different and we should revel in our differences… to a point. But when it comes to smell, it’s often hard to adjust. The dear man who sat down next to me had a obvious aversion to deodorant, body spray, cologne and perhaps bathing…. Hey, don’t judge me, I said that I understand cultural differences, but unfortunately, my nose does not! It was hard for me to bear the funky fragrance and by the grace of God, an aisle seat became available nearby and I quickly took advantage of it. (I didn’t make it obvious, just that I wanted an aisle seat!) I could still smell the lingering odor of my friend down the aisle, but it wasn’t quite as pungent a few rows away. Fortunately, the lady who was sitting on the other side of him was sleeping, or perhaps she had fainted, I’m not sure!
Then, as on all flights, there’s the issue of pressure and it’s unfortunate result on the human body. One of the top pet peeves for every flight attendant is, yes, you guessed it… flatulence! Yes my friend, gas-passing, the cutting of the cheese, farting… whatever you may call it. I was recently returning from another international flight and about an hour into the flight, I thought someone had passed away. They certainly passed something all right. It was truly tear jerking! Seriously folks, get up and head to the head! Wow! Really! And it went on for the next hour. While I couldn’t hone in on the exact location of the potent putridity, though I think it was the loud, large lady in front of me, it was certainly nearby. (And like most of us, we just hope that no one else on the plane thinks it’s you!) Anyway, the flight attendant walked by with quite a bit of perfume on and it helped a lot. She may have even inconspicuously sprayed something, I don’t know.
Finally, though not as bad as the previous two “stanks” is the tasteless but odiferous food that is served in coach. While most of the usual cheesy chicken and putrid pasta dishes taste terrible, their smell permeates the cabin for hours. And God forbid, as I had the privilege a few months ago, you are flying in India where Curry is King!
So, what’s the answer to this predicament aside from not flying at all? Well, my bride has a great idea that I need to follow more often and that I would commend to you. She carry’s one of those three-sided soft head rests that have a cloth cover that can be washed and… you can put a fabric softener sheet inside! Yes my friends, the life saving fragrance of the cuddly soft Snuggle bear, the beautiful bouquet of Bounce. It can save your life.
Why you say, would I devote an entire blog article to smelly planes?? You weren’t there!
Hey Friends. I’m doing a Classical concert complete with orchestra on Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the beautiful Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis! I’d love to see you and your friends there. Seating is limited (only 40 VIP tickets will be available for the post-concert dessert, a free CD and a “meet and greet”) and tickets will go on sale on December 1st on www.Metrotix.com or from Central Church. It will be a great night of wonderful music in one of the nation’s premier concert halls. (www.sheldon.com) I hope to see you there! Proceeds from the evening will benefit “The Micah Project” in Honduras. See more here; http://www.micahprojecthonduras.org
Just home this week from a great time in Italy! I’ll be heading back to the land of beautiful colored chicks (see the photo below before you judge me!), abundant street kids and the wonderful Micah Project in less than two weeks. I just met today with our friend and missionary, Michael Miller who gave us a great report on the new Micah 2.0 home in Tegucigalpa. Please pray for our team as we go to encourage the boys as well as Michael and his staff and as we travel and minister in this very difficult country. (The #1 murder rate in the world!!) Pray for our boys as they grow up and go to school and learn to live free from drugs as they live in the Micah house with others who have had similar backgrounds. Pray for Michael and his staff as they continue to teach and minister to the boys and young men of Micah and the Timothy Leadership House on a daily basis 24/7.
For more on the Micah Project and their new home, go to; www.micahprojecthonduras.org
New video by photographer, Justin Mayfield on the Micah 2.0 Home inauguration in August; https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=665450020132029
Here are some new photos from our trip. Just got home!
Micah newcomer, “Buddy”
* RANDY’S UPCOMING CONCERT AND MINISTRY SCHEDULE IS HERE; http://www.randymayfield.freehomepage.com/custom.html
Yes, it’s a hard life, I know! But to be quite honest, I’ve come out of several busy weeks of hard ministry with several funerals and I have one more just two days after I return in a few weeks and I do have to prepare a sermon and lead worship each week for the church here in Vicenza, so it’s not all fun and games! (But don’t get me wrong, I do love it!!) I also spend a few days with church members each week when possible and Sharon and I have also had some of our International missionary friends from around the world visit to encourage them and so they could get some time away. Some of them really need the time away from their ministries to help in their marriages, work and personal stress levels and just to enjoy good fellowship with friends. We hope that we’re providing some of that for them as we too need to rest and enjoy God’s creation. So, here are a few more photos of how things are going and how good God is. We’ll post some photos of the church service later in the week also.
Sharon and I are enjoying some time together here in Italy for about five weeks! I’m filling in preaching in a small church in Vicenza (between Venice and Verona) while our missionary pastor and his family are on furlough in the states. I preached for the first time this past Sunday and it was a great time with the church folks. We’re going through the book of James. Wonderful people here at “Trinity” church Vicenza. Had a lovely lunch with several members at our host, Jessica Clark’s home. She has also taken Sharon and I all over town to shop, dinner at a friend’s Villa, horseback riding, etc. God is so good! Not to rub it in, but here are some photos of our trip so far this first week. We just had our good friends, Jamal and Merna Liddawi and their son, Sami join us for a trip to Florence and Rome. Please continue to pray for us as we serve Trinity church over the next month and pray for the members, most of whom are military and facing many issues in their lives.
I’ve just returned from a 16 day trip circling India. We began in New Delhi to rest up a few days and to visit the beautiful Taj Mahal. Hardly a rest with long train rides and all day activities in 100 degree heat! A busy and bustling city.
Had a fun “rickshaw” ride through the streets of Old Delhi after visiting the famous Jama Masjid mosque. The last time I visited this mosque, it was bombed. A bit less exciting this time, but just wait, the excitement will come a bit later in our trip!
From Delhi, we visited Bangalore located in central-south India and connected with our friend PB. We did some concerts, preached and led a leadership conference. Great folks and great fun. From Delhi, we went to Chennai and also led a leadership conference and worked with several folks there. Got to visit the beach also.
Our last stop, after several plane rides, was in Manipur in the far East of India, the other side of Bangladesh. A very different people there who speak Pitay. Had a great time with our friends K & L and their families and visited an orphanage, several church plants that we had helped with and did a day long Worship seminar and a number of concerts and speaking engagements.
We also participated in the 7th graduation class of Covenant Children’s Home. The place was packed and both local newspapers featured articles about it. I gave the graduation address and sang and “capped” the graduates. (I found out that this meant to move their hat tassel from one side to the other!)
Another exciting aspect of being in Manipur, is that there is a constant threat of rebel tribes causing a bit of trouble, and they were active again as we were leaving Manipur. After hearing of numerous car bombings and blockades, we decided to hire a security force of eight men loaded to the hilt with fire-power (big guns!!) to lead us out of town on our hour ride to the airport. I’m pretty sure that without them, we would not have made it as they had to stop, get out of the trucks, move the road blocks made of trees, rocks, burning cars, etc. while rebels looked on with cans of gas, rocks, etc. The automatic weapons seemed to keep them at bay until we passed each road block. Exciting, but God was good and we arrived safely at the airport in Imphal.
Here are a few more photos of our trip! Enjoy Blessings, RM