how our day ended listening to an armless man play guitar

Remember when I said that visiting the Ingalls Homestead was was one of my favorite days? Well I’d only told you the first 2/3 of that day, here is the rest of the story. . .

Initially, we had intended to leave De Smet, SD on Saturday afternoon after a few hours on the homestead and head on to our Minnesota destination (Trent’s hometown) to visit his family for a few weeks.  Once we decided to stay for one more night, we were faced with an open evening as well as dinner decisions. Our fridge was getting sparse so we figured we needed to find a grocery store or go to a restaurant. In the end we didn’t do either of those options. Instead, we discovered that a Catholic church located on the other side of the park where we were staying was having a free-will offering dinner–excellent. Following this dinner a free concert was planned–bonus. The concert performer was a man named Tony Melendez who happens to play the guitar with his feet because he was born without arms. No arms? Plays the guitar? Loves Jesus? We’re in!

Turns out that the Catholic church knows how to put on a meal. We filled our bellies to overflowing (thanks to the lady who kept coming around and practically forcing us to take 2nd and 3rd helpings of dessert because no one wanted leftovers). Afterwards, we moved upstairs and sat down for a feast of the ears. Tony not only has a beautiful voice and a talent for the guitar, but he also has a beautiful story of God’s pursuit for his heart how God is using him just. as. he. is. I captured about a half a minute of one of his songs on video. Click here to see Tony in action.

That evening, I found myself overwhelmed by the way God provided not only for our needs but for our wants as well. Just that morning I had prayed and asked the Lord to help me have wisdom on how to encourage one of my children who was struggling with self-confidence. What better teacher could be provided than someone like Tony who has been willing to overcome his fears and boldly use what God has given him to serve and encourage others?

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20

6 thoughts on “how our day ended listening to an armless man play guitar”

  1. Hi Heather and family,
    I am SO enjoying your travels. How good is our God to have blessed you with this meal and an armless guitarist all in the same night. So encouraging. thanks! Pearl

    1. Hi Pearl! Thanks so much for checking in, it’s fun to hear from you! God is so good, we are very blessed indeed. Thank you very much for the lovely book you gifted Ashlyn. She has really enjoyed it and it was extra special since last winter we were able to visit Hawaii so she could really relate to the images and plant life that she saw in your drawings!

      1. Well done on saying “yes” to the invitation at the Catholic church. 🙂
        Also…(You went to Hawaii?? I think I totally missed that, or completely forgot…)

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