|Posted by leahm on May 26, 2009 at 6:26 PM|
Road To Recovery Tour: Leah Martensen Interview
Ann-Louise: Leah, thanks so much for agreeing to this interview. I pray that those who read it will be blessed.
How about starting with a little history? How and when did the idea for Road To Recovery Tour come about?
LEAH: Well,it was one of those moments where I could hear God speak. I knew hewanted me to start working with people in recovery and he wanted me tocall another artist Marianne Kesler to join this ministry. That's just not something you do. Most artists don't team up with other artists.It's just really hard to do that. I was sure she would think I was crazy - Hey, Marianne, God spoke to me about where my ministry should be and oh, he wants you to join me in it." Sure enough he had already started working on her. She was sitting at the computer going, What do you want me to be doing God? Please make it clear,? and that's how Road to Recovery tours began. After a year Marianne had some health issues and had to step down and then God sent Beth Champion Mason to replace her and we have been together as a team for a couple of years. Beth is the most talented female musician I know. She's a gifted writer and speaker. She'sgot a heart for God that's consistent in her every day life. She's a great friend and partner. I've learned a lot from Beth over the last few years about ministry, music and writing.
Ann-Louise: The bio page at Road To Recovery Tours website describes the ministry as, Two artists with two separate ministries coming together for one powerful truth: God Can Take Your Mess and Turn It into Your Message. Can you tell us a little more about that powerful truth?
LEAH: The powerful truth is we all have a path and we all fall. You can hide that but it doesn't make it go away. It's still in your head. That doesn't make your life easier. You can't live in shame - it will eat you alive.God forgives, but people don't always and that's including ourselves.We have to hand over our failures to God and let him clean up our lives to move forward. Then we can use that ugliness to reach people that are completely clueless as to what they need to do to have joy in their lives. They need us to use our mess so they can hear our message - the message that God is our joy, he's our hope and he can make us clean and has a job for us to do. We're all called to reach people. What better way to do that by using our own lives and showing people we've been right where they have been, but God can take you through whatever it is and bring joy in your life.
Ann-Louise: Once everything is set up and the sound system has been checked, what do you and Beth do to prepare for a concert?
LEAH: We do most of our preparation before we even get to the concert. When we're all done setting up, we try to gather up people to pray for who's coming, who might be thinking of not coming but should be there. We also pray for sound to work and to keep hearts open to what's going to be said.
Ann-Louise: I'm considering attending a Road To Recovery Tour concert this summer. What can I expect?
LEAH: You can expect a room full of people that have failed and are working through that failure. You'll find people that have their arms open to you and are ready to help bring you closer to understanding who God is and will show you the way to being on the other side of joy and leaving that pain behind so you can begin to move forward. You'll find a bunch of loving people!
When Beth and I are in concert we share our music and stories along with a time of praise and worship music. It's usual about an hour concert.
Ann-Louise: You meet a lot of different people from different church backgrounds,struggling with different things. Is there a common issue you often see among today's Christians?
LEAH: I'd say the most common thing is lack of self esteem. We'll do all kinds of stupid things just to get a moment of acceptance. How we see ourselves can go way back to something someone said or did to us as kids and we still hold on to that stuff. Most everything we do that leads to sin is about how we see ourselves or how we can escape from pain we have in our lives. If we had joy in our lives, we wouldn't be looking for vicesto fill the emptiness we have.
Ann-Louise: I read in one of your blogs that you and Beth sometimes write songs while travelling. Are there any plans for a Beth and Leah album in the near future?
LEAH: That's the million dollar question! We'd love to but haven't figured out how to make that happen. We both have separate ministry and projects and to add another project together has to be done just the right way and that hasn't been made clear to us how to do it. We've been praying, and talking about it. We do have several songs we've written together and a song or two we do in concert together. We get people asking us all the time if there is a CD out of the two of us. Hopefully there will be.
Ann-Louise: Last year, Road To Recovery Tour visited close to 50 churches and groups in 22 states sharing the message of hope for the hurting. That?s quite a full schedule. You and Beth also have individual music ministries. Beth recently adopted a baby and you have taken a new position with Incubator. Will these things have an effect on the amount of touring you?ll be able to dotogether?
LEAH: Possible!The way we do things may change. We are talking about doing smaller tours and cutting back on the longer ones. There's no talk of stopping the Road To Recovery Tours, just changing some things around so it's not as hard on the family for this season in our lives
Ann-Louise: As you have often said, Leah, there are a lot of hurting people out there.It is very likely that someone reading this interview will be in need in one way or another. What?s the most important thing you would like them to know?
LEAH: God uses imperfect people! If you haven't come to know who God is and what he has done by bringing his Son down here to earth to die for our sins,now is the time to find out his truth. He takes imperfect people and can wash all their past clean. He's ready to forgive. All you have to do is ask and he's ready to take your life and turn it over so you cannot only have the joy you are missing, but can begin using your pain or failure to reach others just like you. I'm a example of imperfection and he's using me. I know he can use you too.
Ann-Louise: If people would like to pray for Road To Recovery Tour, what can they pray about specifically?
LEAH: Well,the direction for a new CD and how that may happen would be a great starting place. For safety when we are on the road. For God's leading all the time. For the people we meet along the way.
Ann-Louise: Is there anything else you?d like to share with us about Road To Recovery Tour?
LEAH: I don't think so. Thank you, Ann-Louise, for giving us a time where we could tell people of what the Road To Recovery does. Many blessings to you and the ministry God has put before you!
Ann-Louise: Thanks for again for kindly agreeing to talk with us about Road To Recovery Tour,Leah. It has been a blessing to hear how God is using you and Beth inthis much needed ministry. May the Lord continue to bless you both and Road To Recovery Tour as you continue to share the hope and victory we have in Christ.
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