A couple weeks ago, I phoned my church’s music director to inquire about the list of equipment he planned to submit to a donor in our congregation who plans to make a substantial contribution to the church’s music ministry. (I have posted previously about the origin of this list.) In particular, I was interested in whether or not the director had included some microphones suitable for recording instruments for a professionally produced album in this list.
The music director indicated that the list had already been delivered to the would-be benefactor, but that the microphones were not present in it. The director explained that the list was comprised of “big ticket” items that the church could not ordinarily afford, since a significant donation was in view. The microphones, while not cheap, are much less expensive by comparison, and might feasibly be included as a line item of our church’s music budget — perhaps as early as this year.
This made perfect sense, but was still a bit disappointing to me. I was able to let go of it pretty quickly, though. After all, if God wants an album recorded to help support our adoption journey, He’ll provide the means to get it done, church microphones or no.
About half an hour later, I noticed a new voicemail message on my phone from the music director. My heart did a bit of a cartwheel as I listened to it. Evidently, right after he hung up with me, the director found a new email from the donor saying that the list of desired equipment had been received and looked good. However, there was still money that the donor wanted to give beyond the cost of the listed equipment. Was there any additional equipment that could be of use to the church music ministry, the donor wanted to know. At this, the music director called one of the church’s sound technicians and commissioned him to put together a second list of recording equipment for our church, including the microphones I had asked about.
This is the second case of more-than-ironic timing regarding funds for church recording equipment and my improbable adoption-supporting album. Again, I am still unsure how all of this will work out – the music director ended his message by indicating that the funds to be donated probably won’t be available until November of this year. Even so, my faith and hope are growing, as the Lord seems to be afoot in this matter.