Mocha Club volunteer, Lauren, is currently out on tour with MC Sponsors Addison Road and Sanctus Real. She will be giving us insight to life on the road over the next few weeks. Read the intro to this series here.
Life on the road. For someone like me… getting to live out those words is a dream come true. I can’t believe I’m getting to do this. Even though it’s been a little less than picture perfect here in the Addison Road camp, I still have moments when I want to pinch myself to make sure this is really happening. I’m excited for my opportunity to serve.
Mocha Club has been a huge part of my life, more than I think the people that work there know. This is a ministry about relationships, and I’ve learned more about relationships and how much we need each other in my time spent at Mocha Club, as well as my time spent on the road these past few weeks, than I have my entire life. These are good people.
Music is why I moved to Nashville, naturally. So, when I got to town and saw the marriage of the ministry of Mocha Club to musicians/artists, I knew I had to be involved some how. That was two years ago, and I’m still hanging around.
Let’s talk about relationships.
Here’s the truth: we need relationships. We need other people. Those AWESOME Sanctus guys tell us that, “Oh, Oh, we need each other.” And oh, oh, yes we do. Not only do we need each other, to lift up and encourage, but to say, “Hey, it’s okay if you can’t deal with this right now, I’m here, I’ll take some of the load off for you.” When our RV blew up (yep, it did, I promise, see here) we were all in shock, and all had different ways of dealing with the shock. But, the outpouring of love we feel from each tour stop, radio station, fan, and random person who just hears our story, is the picture of community picking us up and helping us to keep going.
Lesson #1 learned from the road: maintain your relationships.
Take care of the people in your life; take care of yourself so you can take care of them. I’ve never been so amazed by the willingness of people to give. I’m amazed that God opened this door for me to be on the road for the first time with two Mocha Club artists, experiencing a part of their stories in ministry. I honestly feel right at home; loved, accepted, encouraged, etc.
My official job is to help Jenny (Addison Road lead singer) take care of her sweet little girl, Anniston (Annie). By the time Addison Road gets off stage, it’s time for Annie to get to bed, so I get to go inside to watch Sammy speak and Sanctus play. I usually chat with my lovely friend (“Mochatern” alumni), Hannah, who is running the MC table for Sanctus, and this is when the fun starts. When Sammy gets done speaking, Hannah starts prepping herself for the mad rush of people running to the table to join Mocha Club. Literally, they RUN to the table. I honestly can’t even begin to describe how excited it makes me to watch people so excited and enthusiastic about signing up to support people and projects in Africa! Being in the office and seeing first (okay, maybe second or third) hand, how this money is being put to use, is incredible.
We are building relationships with the people in Africa.
We are building relationships out on the road.
Stay tuned for more info, pictures, and maybe a video or two from out here.
Coming at you from somewhere in South Dakota… or maybe Minnesota.