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December 10, 2009

Repairs are expensive!!! We are heading into Edmonton to pick up our bus in the morning before going East to Manitoba for a weekend of ministry. I was anticipating about a $6000 bill at Buses R Us but it looks like it will be more around the $13, 000 mark. This is the first time the bus has been completely gone through and checked over since we imported it in January 2008. I figured with Winter here and a West Coast Tour early in 2010 that I better make sure everything is in order. Well it wasn't!!! With big ticket items like a fan clutch ($1986.86), rotor, complete bearings, 1/2 set of brakeshoes, seal on one tag axle ($1361.39), 2 airbags (totalling $829.25), etc. etc and $125 an hour labor it quickly added up. Alot of the Quick Connect fittings on the air lines were leaking and had to be replaced with the Compressions fittings. I did some replacement myself but there needed to be alot more done. They don't cost much per fittings but the labor kills you.

This was a BIG surprise but not to the Lord!! We are confident He will look after things. Praise the Lord for His Faithfulness.

We do appreciate your continued prayers for safety, financial provision, anointing and directions as we go into 2010.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

December 8, 2009

Sometimes it's especially good to be home......especially when it's about -30 C outside. This weekend we had five concerts in three days in Alberta. On Friday, just after we crossed the border from Saskatchewan, we hit snow and were soon in to blizzard conditions. We did the first of three Christmas banquets that night (it's tough but someone has to do it) and were thankful the grader came by to plow out the road from the church in the morning. The temperature kept dropping on Saturday and then Sunday. Sometimes cold and buses don't fix real well so I always have that in the back of my mind. I tried not to worry about it and trust the Lord to look after His bus and He did a great job.

We headed to Buses R Us in Edmonton after our Sunday night concert and left the bus there Monday morning to get a few mechanical things taken care of. We need a rotor and 1/2 a set of brake pads, a new fan clutch, wheel bearings on two axles, an air bag, replacement of a few studs and a couple air leaks. We may have to take our van and Uhaul to Manitoba while a few parts come in for the bus. An 8 hour drive one way in a van is always abit tedious on the kids. Oh well it's our last weekend of ministry this year.

What a year it's been!! Thank you for your prayers. We are trusting the Lord to meet the bus repair.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

December 1, 2009

We are home right now trying to get caught up on things. The kids are busy in school, Debbie is busy getting things done around the house when Emerson lets her put him down and I am busy in the office. We had snow today after an unusually balmy November. Wow, we have been loving it.

The last two weekends we have spent in Alberta and Saskatchewan. On Friday we are gone again doing 5 concerts in 3 days so it will be very busy. We are leaving the bus in Edmonton on Monday to get a few repairs done. I spent a whole day about 2 weeks ago at Buses R Us in Edmonton getting the bus gone over while Debbie and the kids spent the entire day at West Edmonton Mall. I still spent more money then her!! Now we are doing a return engagement to Buses R Us to get a few things like a rotor, two wheel seal leaks, a shutterstat etc. looked after. The bus needs a little TLC so it doesn't leave us stranded somewhere. It has been a great blessing for traveling with the family and it really is "God's Bus". I'm thankful that He is paying the bill once again on this repair.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

November 14, 2009

We just finished a concert in Carman, MB. It's one of those rare occasions when we actually stay over and sing in the same location on Sunday morning. It's kind of nice not having to tear down, drive till 1:00am (or later) and be up by 8:00am for set up and sound check. Cities Under Fire sang last night at a Province wide Youth Event called IMPACT. What a time we had !!! They were received very well and the kids were ministered too. By the time we tore down we left Saskatoon about 12:30am and pulled into Regina and parked at Walmart shortly after 3:00am. I started the bus just after 8:00am and let it warm up while I grabbed a couple things from Debbie's list....then we were off to Carman. Tomorrow night we are in Brandon at Bethel Pentecostal with some awesome Pastors who we've been with in a couple places. I then have to drive all the way home so Andrew and Cheilon can be at work by 8:00am, Monday. Another relaxing weekend of fancy hotels and steak suppers...........well I better get some sleep while I can.

Thank you for your continued prayers for strength and safety.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

November 6, 2009

I'm sitting here typing with my little girl Octavia on my lap. It slows the typing down but it sure is nice!! I got home this morning at 7:30 am after driving from Nipawin following the concert there. We've had a very busy 9 days with 7 youth concerts in SK and MB with Cities Under Fire and Define the Line from Edmonton. In the middle we had two concerts with Double Portion as well. We did the trip to Manitoba this week with 11 guys on board the bus and with it completely loaded down with amps, drums, sound gear and lights. We had an awesome time during the concerts and on the bus. What a blessing!!! It's great to be home with the family though. Now I need to get some rest and get caught up on the pile of stuff on my desk. God is good!!

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

November 3, 2009

Duncan is on the road in Manitoba with Cities Under Fire and Define the Line. They are having a great time. I'm at home with seven kids, five who are sick (H1N1?) and really missing their daddy. Of course, I'm really missing him too. Three more sleeps till he's home, can hardly wait!!!

We are looking forward to another family gathering on the Hemmerling side this weekend when we celebrate Duncan's dad's 75th b'day. Should be a good time.

Debbie Hemmerling

October 23, 2009

2:46am, I guess it's the 24th actually. We have had a whirlwind trip. We left home on Oct. 16 and Cities Under Fire (the boys band) sang in Saskatoon. Then we shared 5 times in 4 days in SK and AB including a Gideon banquet with Serge LeClerc. Wednesday was an exceptionally busy day with the start of the GMA Conference and CUF were in a talent search. Then we had CUF's soundcheck at one venue, Canada's Double Portion's soundcheck at another venue then back for CUF to showcase and back for CDP to showcase plus tear down at both churches. It was very tiring but pretty fun!! God is good. We now have 3 concerts in the next 48 hours before heading home. We are having an awesome time though.

Driving down the road in the bus from High River to Picture Butte, AB on Tuesday, Olivia, our 5 year old, sat next to me with her arm linked around mine. As we drove she sang over and over "a thankful heart is a happy heart" from Veggie Tales and I am truly thankful. I'm thankful for God's touch on our family and His blessing. I met several people from places like Newfoundland and British Columbia who told me " I remember you being at my chuch" as far back as probably 20 years. We met several friends we hadn't seen for a long time who were a great encouragement. I am thankful He has used us in a small way to touch their lives. I have a truly happy heart!!

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

October 7, 2009

It's been a good day today. I just got home from a Chris Tomlin concert in Saskatoon with my 5 oldest kids. I tell you there is nothing better than looking down the row and seeing your kids with their hands raised praising the Lord. Praise the Lord for the grip He has on their hearts. A parent can never pray too much though..........It's been a good day because Debbie and our new son Emerson got to come home this afternoon. His bilirubin count continued to drop after he was on his own so he could go home. Debbie was so happy to come home and we so glad she could. Everyone was pretty thrilled to welcome Emerson to our home..........It's been a good day yesterday....I guess it's actually 1:00am Oct 8th!!

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

October 5, 2009

Wow, what an exhausting 5 days it has been. I thought I'd be out of the hospital the day after Emerson was born. Now we're in S'toon in NICU and trying to get his bilirubin down. I took some time today to google ABO incompatibility (what is making Emerson's bili so high), very interesting stuff... but I'm very thankful that they caught on to it and he's in the best care possible. I miss the rest of the family so much and can't wait to bring our little cutie-pie home. He's such a good boy.. even though he tends to be a sleepy-head when I am trying to nurse him.

Thanking the Lord for His great blessings,

Debbie Hemmerling

October 3, 2009

Mixed emotions today as I am in Montana with Cities Under Fire. They sang last night in Herbert and about 9 kids accepted the Lord. We came to Glasgow, Montana tonight and CUF had an awesome time sharing with about 120 kids and several accepted the Lord. What a joy to see your kids serve the Lord with such zeal.........Debbie phoned this afternoon and Emerson got taken to Neo-natal in Saskatoon. His bilirubin has went up for 3 straight days and that can be very dangerous...she was quite emotional to see our little boy....I prayed with her on the cell outside Subway in Glasgow asking the Lord to undertake....mixed emotions.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

October 2, 2009

Well the tie has been broken...................at 1:32pm, Wednesday, Sept 30/09 we welcomed Emerson Martin Hemmerling into our lives. He weighed in at 8lbs 11ounces and 23 1/2 inches long which is long. Unfortunately he couldn't come home yesterday because he has jaundice. So him and Debbie had at least one more night at the hospital and we hope he can come home today. Debbie is doing well and we are thankful for that.

I will be gone however with Andrew & Jardeth and Cities Under Fire to Herbert, SK tonight and Glasgow, MT tomorrow. Their band is doing a couple youth events and I am going to run sound. Cheilon couldn't get off work to come so she is going to help out here at home if needed.

We are thankful to the Lord for His blessings and to have the opportunity to serve Him. Sometimes things don't go exactly as planned but we trust that He is directing and working anyway. Thank you for your prayers!!

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

September 22, 2009

Well, I just took our 16 year old (oldest) daughter for her first drive with her new learners license. We drove for 45 minutes on the gravel road as well as the highway. She did a great job and I am confident she will be a good driver. I enjoyed the time together!

Our baby still hasn't arrived although the due date is actually tomorow. I am already "done" with being at home but I know it's been good for Debbie to be here, preparing for the birth of another little one. Besides NQC, we had been asked to be part of a Crusade in North Dakota this past weekend but we said we couldn't in case Debbie went into labor while in the U.S.. We could just imagine "pedal to the medal" heading for the border and answering the border guards between contractions. We'd hoped the baby came abit early so I could go with Cities Under Fire (Andrew & Jardeth's band) to Dauphin & Roblin, MB this weekend to run sound and help out. Kelvin Funkner a former CDP member and owner of Northeast Christian Recording (where CDP and CUF record) will be filling in on bass guitar and Cheilon will be along so the sound part will be taken care of. Yeh.... another weekend at home........but at least I should have a new son or daughter in my arms......you can't beat that.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

September 18, 2009

As I mentioned in my last post we are normally on a 3 1/2 week U.S. tour right now. In fact today would be the day we would be performing at the National Quartet Convention's "Featured Artist Showcase". It is quite an honor to be invited out of hundreds and hundreds of groups from Canada and the U.S.. Last year there were about 2500 people. We have been invited for the last 11 years and we would have groups inquire "How can we get into the Showcase? Do we have to pay money or who do we talk to?". The fact is that the Lord opened the door and each year we weren't sure if we would be invited again but we would get a letter or email asking us. Over the years this Showcase has opened up many doors especially in the Eastern U.S.. I guess the concern is getting "out of the loop". Oh well, the Lord knows. Anyway we aren't missing the week long Gospel Music Convention.....if we don't think about it.

I was reading in 1 Samuel 15 this morning where Saul disobeyed the Word of the Lord and Samuel told him "to obey is better than sacrifice". Because of his disobedience Saul was rejected as King. It is absolutely vital that we walk in obedience to the Lord's leading and direction. Are we willing to trust Him with our lives? Do we trust that He has our best in mind? Do we believe He is directing our ways? There is alot of peace and joy in trusting the Lord with our futures and being confident that He has our lives in the palm of His hand. You will be amazed at what the Lord will do in your life, if you are willing to Obey!!

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

September 5, 2009

God is so good!! We would normally be on a U.S. tour on our way to the National Quartet Convention in Kentucky but since our baby is due in less than 3 weeks we didn't do the "tour thing". Especially a U.S. "tour thing" due to medical expenses if the baby is born State side. So instead this weekend we are blessed to be back at Wilderness Camp for a Fellowship Weekend along with Harry & Joanne Yates. Joanne is Johnny Cash's sister and her and Harry pastor the Nashville Cowboy Church. 20 years ago we met them for the first time at Goodlands Camp in Manitoba and the next year toured the West Coast with them. They were a great influence on us and have blessed us many times.

Today we lead worship in an afternoon service and then I got to go fishing with my brother in law and our three little girls on Tobin Lake. It's only the third time I have ever done that. Once here a Camp a few years ago and once in Newfoundland. It was a couple of my girls first boat ride and we went out after supper on a beautiful calm evening. It was awesome!!! We got in just as it got dusk and we went straight to a big campfire to lead songs and be ministered too. That has just finished. So as you can see God is good!!

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

August 24, 2009

Well, it's just the beginning of the 24th (1:19am). We just got home from the ROC Jamboree in North Battleford. It was a great time... outdoors with the wind blowing through your hair and the sand flying by....it was a great time, seriously. God is good!! They had a good turnout and the Amundruds played as well as Michael and Lauryn Olson (formerly of Canada's Double Portion). Cities Under Fire, our boy's youth band also played and it went very well. Praise the Lord!! Even the original Double Portion sang two 15 minute sets with my three sisters singing. It was alot of fun.

We've made a few miles this weekend. We left Friday and drove part way to Regina, sleeping in the parking lot of the PAOC church in Davidson. We went the rest of the way to Whitewood Saturday morning and performed and ran sound for their local Jamboree. We sang with Rachel & Darwin Dancsok who performed two CDP original songs and also with Curtis & Bonnie Szakacs and their young family. They always do an awesome job!! Curtis does the studio piano for our CDs. We finished performing in Whitewood just as darkness fell so once we tore down we made it as far as Regina and slept in the Husky Truckstop parking lot last night and drove the rest of the way this morning.

Tyson Unrau brought Madison the drums he promised to give him at Jesus Manifest a month ago. This young man blessed Madison big time with a nice Pearl acoustic kit. Madison set them up on the grass outside the bus but they were abit noisy for the setting. Praise God for answering our prayers for a set of drums for Madison. Now we just need a house to fit them in!!!!

Well it's off to bed for me.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

August 17, 2009

We got home this morning at 2:00am from Camp Harmattan after an awesome couple days there. The groups were all very good and we were privileged to be a part of it. It's such a great venue to host this annual event with lots of camping and great facilities. God is good!

The boy's concert went well on Friday night at Elim Tabernacle. They were the closing band on a concert sponored by Free 100.3FM, Saskatoon's Christian radio station. There was a decent crowd and Cities Under Fire went over very well. They really ministered and closed out the night with a Worship song that really ended things well. Then it was off to BPs which off course meant a late night. We drove as far as Rosetown and slept in the parking lot of a church for 4 hours before hitting the road for Camp Harmattan. Two weeks ago the boys were at Shiloh Youth Ranch near Edmonton for 5 days and had to drive to meet us in Medicine Hat for the Jamboree there. They arrived at 9:30am after driving all night just in time to help set up sound equipment for the day's events. The joys of roadlife!!!

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

August 12, 2009

We have abit of a short turnaround this week. We were gone for 10 days spending several days in Medicine Hat at the B.M.F. Jamboree. We ran sound for two days and performed 4 times before heading to Wilderness Camp on the banks of Tobin Lake in Northeast Saskatchewan. What an awesome 6 days we had there. This is our family camp each year and we were blessed to lead the services with worship and music. Our friends Rick & Bebe Svenddal were there as well sharing with music. Their son Albert is a very talented Nashville musician and he was there also. What a time we had with Pastor Greg Fraser from Morinville as our morning speaker and Wilson Kindred from Kirkland Lake, ON as the evening minister. There were many salvations and people's lives who were touched. God is good!!

The boys band Cities Under Fire were asked by the Christian radio station Free 100.3FM in Saskatoon to close out their Showcase 2009 this Friday at Elim Tabernacle. It worked out awesome as Canada's Double Portion was booked at Camp Harmattan near Olds, AB but we weren't singing on Friday evening. So after the boys are done on Friday we need to leave Saskatoon and head for Olds. We have a 1:00pm soundcheck and start the afternoon program there. Camp Harmattan is always an awesome event and this year is no different. They have several of the top U.S. Southern Gospel groups in The Perrys and Truimphant Quartet and several of the top Canadian groups in the Hunters, Sweet Presence and others. We are really looking forward to being there.

Thank you for your prayers,

Duncan A Hemmerling

July 20, 2009

It is good to be home from the long weekend! Not a long weekend on the calendar but definitely a "long weekend". We left on Thursday for Dauphin, Manitoba and spent Friday and Saturday at Jesus Manifest just outside of Dauphin. They had 3 stages going at the same time. The Southern Gospel stage where we did sound all weekend as well as performing, the Contemporary stage and the Youth stage where the boys band Cities Under Fire played. We were also responsible for sound at the "Late Night Cafe" till 2:00am although there wasn't much action there. It still meant about 5 hours of sleep a night. After we tore down on Saturday night we drove to Roblin, MB arriving about 3:00am and we had an awesome time sharing there Sunday morning. From there it was to Kamsack, SK for a concert on Sunday night. There was a good crowd on a hot night. Praise the Lord.

While at Jesus Manifest we met a 20 year old drummer from a group and we found out we know his dad who sings and used to travel with Sweet Presence. The boys got to know him and some of his friends over the two days. He came to me on Saturday night and said he saw alot of potential in Madison and wanted to give him his old set of Pearl drums. He said they are special to him because they are the ones he learned on till he got a new set. We have been praying for a set of drums for Madison and I kept telling him "keep praying and you never know what God will do". What a tremendous blessing for Madison. God is so faithful!!!

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

July 13, 2009

I must admit I'm not keeping up with all the things I need to do. I guess that's why my journal entries are a month apart. We just returned from the Canadian Gospel Music Celebration in Red Deer. Lots of great music by American groups like the Isaacs, Gold City, Truimphant Quartet, The LaFevre Quartet and awesome Canadian groups like The Hunters, Daae Family, Freedom Quartet, Amundruds and High Valley. We did a Stampede breakfast in Calgary on Sunday morning on about 5 hours sleep. On our last song the wind blew over a cup of coffee that spilled on the soundboard. There was some pretty weird noise before we got it shut down. I'm in the middle of checking the board out and praying it is still in good working order.

Andrew and Cheilon got back from their honeymoon and we've been out two weekends other than this past weekend. In a few days we are heading to Dauphin, MB for Jesus Manifest. Not only does Canada's Double Portion get to minister but so does Cities Under Fire, the boy's youth band. We are also looking after the sound in the Southern Gospel hall and the late night cafe. It will be very tiring but lots of fun. Praise God!!

Thank you for your support and prayers.

Duncan A Hemmerling

June 14, 2009

We have now officially added another girl to our family!! Yesterday was an awesome time as Andrew married beautiful Cheilon Millar. We had about 280 guests to help celebrate this occasion. The wedding was outdoors in sunny hot weather and everything went according to plan. We had so many friends and family help decorate and prepare the meal and we could never have done it without them. God is good!! Debbie worked so hard getting food ready and planning the details of feeding that big a crowd. I think we are going to be eating baked potatoes, roast bison and ham for a while! We are so thankful to the Lord for our new inlaws and the family Andrew has married into. Andrew and Cheilon are off to Hawaii for their honeymoon. We hope to get some rest soon!!

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

May 31, 2009

I know probably all of you feel the pace of life is just abit hectic right now. So do I !!

Christina, Bronson and Madison were busy all last week either rehearsing or performing in their School musical. They all had quite major parts which required alot of time. In the meantime on Thursday the boy's band Cities Under Fire traveled to Lloydminster and opened for a rapper from Ontario named Manifest. We got back in the wee hours of Friday morning and then had to set up the tent for our hometown Gospel Jamboree at Heritage Christian School. We spent yesterday running sound and performing along with the Hunters, Trudel Family, Mic & Lauryn Olson (who used to sing with us) and others. Cities Under Fire played in a youth concert in the eveing. We tore the tent tore down in the dark and then jumped in the bus and headed for Saskatoon. We slept for awhile at the Husky Truckstop and then drove the 1/2 hour this morning to Asquith for an outdoor Church service outreach. We were tired but blessed. As soon as that was done we had to head back to North Battleford and arrived 1/2 hour late for Cheilon's (Andrew's fiance) wedding shower and just in time for our kids final performance of the musical.

It was good to get home this evening. Thanks for your continued prayers and support. Less than 2 weeks to the wedding....

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

May 24, 2009

We just got home from a whirlwind weekend. We left Thursday evening to Debbie's folks to get ready for Clarence's (Debbie's brother) funeral. We set up sound in the hall and early the next morning drove to the Manitou Lake Jamboree and set up sound there. I forgot all my XLR cables at the hall in Glaslyn and the Amundruds and Relative Harmony baled me out by lending me cords. The Amundruds then did sound checks and ran the sound while we drove back to Glaslyn and the funeral.

What a funeral it was. Clarence was honored by parents, his wife, his 5 sons and all his brothers and sisters. Their notes were consistent and true that he was a gentle, kind, loving, hard working husband and a role model to those around and that he raised his boys to love the Lord by example. There was a very large crowd and alot of support. Right after the graveside service Andrew & Cheilon, Jardeth and I headed to the Jamboree (2 hours away). Debbie came just in time for our performance as we closed out the evening.

It was a beautiful weekend of weather and we had an awesome time under the big tent. There was a good crowd and it was so good to sing with friends like the Daaes, High Valley, Amundruds, Fehr Family and others. Running sound meant we had to be focused on each group to give them the best sound possible on the stage in their monitors and out in the front of house for the crowd. It was exhausting but very rewarding. The Lord certainly came by His Holy Spirit and touched many hearts. We were blessed to be a part of it. God is good.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

May 19, 2009

Sometimes life throws some things at you that you don't expect.

We arrived in North Battleford last night after a weekend ministering in Radium Hot Springs and Golden, BC and received news Debbie's oldest brother was killed in a farm accident. It was a very big shock and a great loss. He leaves behind a wife and five boys. Their fourth son is graduating from High School next Friday. Clarence was a Christian and we can sincerely say "he is in a better place".

We spent time with family today and they are coping well. The Lord is strengthening everyone and we know there is a comfort in knowing where Clarence is. We grieve but not as those who have no hope.

We do appreciate your prayers for the Funk family.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

May 1, 2009

We woke up Kapuskasing, ON this morning to big snow flakes coming down everywhere. By the time we headed to Hearst, the flurries had stopped although the ground was quite white. It is melting though and after our concert in Hearst tonight we are driving through Thunder Bay to Kenora for Sunday morning. It is likely a 12 hour drive so we need to make a few miles yet tonight. We only have three concerts to go and we'll be heading home. The Lord sure has been faithful and blessed in an amazing way.

Thanks for your prayers,

Duncan A Hemmerling

April 25, 2009

We just finished our concert in Madoc, ON and we are heading to Deseronto yet tonight. Andrew came to take a shower at our friends place and I came to check email. Tonight after the concert we found a GPS unit sitting on our product table given to us by an anonymous couple (although we know who). What a tremendous blessing!! I have been eyeing those things for a while and comparing different makes and models. I'd wanting to get one for quite some time. Thank you Lord, this will be a big help getting places. Just last night at about 2:00am I was pulled over on Highway 400 south of Parry Sound with a flashlight and the map making sure I knew how to find Highway 12 across to Orillia. God is good!!

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

April 22, 2009

We are on tour in Ontario right now. We left home on April 9th and sang in Saskatchewan and Manitoba before crossing into Ontario on April 13th. We've done 10 concerts so far and are working our way down Highway 17 with some off road trips to places like Balmertown, Sioux Lookout and Manitouwadge.

We had a pretty rough night last night with Olivia and Octavia both sick with the flu. They took turns throwing up most of the night and then Madison did this morning. Amy wasn't feeling to well herself. Today everyone seems pretty good so we are thankful for that.

Last Thursday in Ignace, ON a man came up to us after the concert and gave me a $100 bill and said this is for the "man in the middle that needs new shoes". Jardeth really needed new shoes since they hadn't buckled in over a year and the sole was seperating. We were planning on buying him some new ones in Thunder Bay the next day. Anyway he found a real nice pair of leather shoes at Winners. Wow, what a blessing.

So many stories, so little time. I have been using our Macbook alot lately since our Acer is not working properly. Unfortunately I can't sign the journal with it.

Thank you for your prayers,

Duncan A Hemmerling

March 27, 2009

Wow it's been a month since my last entry. I did try last week but we had a problem with the journal web entry system.

To update you, we got the bus back about 2 weeks ago. I guessed high on the bus repair but not high enough. The repair bill was $7785 about $3000 more than I'd been bracing for. I reminded the Lord as we left the repair place that it's been His bus since the beginning and therefore He is responsible for the bill as well. God is faithful.

We spent three days and four concerts in Montana on the second week of March. We had a great time in Glasgow, Plentywood, Scobey and Wolf Point and met alot of awesome people. We actually had three people in one location offer to fill our bus with diesel. That was a $313 blessing.

The weather has been tremendously nasty lately with wind and alot of ice. The road conditions have been very dangerous at times. We spent quite a few hours traveling on them going to Northeast Christian Recording (about 4 1/2 hrs from home) twice to do some tweeking on our live concert video. We hit some glare ice conditions last week and pulled into a small town late at night but there was no hotel. Our boys had just called on the cell phone and we told them to pray and we were down to about 30 miles an hour. We pulled out of the town and back on the highway and there was white stuff on the road and the highway was thawed. We didn't see a highway salt truck anywhere but assumed they had been there or the Lord had taken care of it. Either way I'm cool with that! Thank you Lord.

I've also been busy getting messages together for the radio program and I preached at our Church last Sunday morning. It seems things don't slow down much.

We are in Kenmare, ND right now and just sang at a Crusade that To The Cross Ministries is holding at the High School. We are here tomorrow as well before crossing back in Saskatchewan for two concerts on Sunday.

Thanks for your prayers. I've got to get some sleep. Andrew, Jardeth and I get to be butlers tomorrow morning for a Ladies tea.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

February 26, 2009

Well it's good to be home...really. We left Kalispell, MT yesterday morning in +42 F and battled snow and high winds through Glacier National Park and crossed the border at Sweetgrass, MT about 3:00pm. We were only 45 minutes away from home and slowing down at a stop sign near Biggar, SK when we lost both drive wheels off the passenger side. The temperature was about -30 C and we couldn't believe it. We called CAA for towing and called our family to come and get us. CAA came with the biggest tow truck and decided they would need a semi and trailer to haul it. We left them to sort that out and headed for home. Many of us were fighting the flu with achy bodies and loose of voice and it would not have been a pleasant listening experience if we'd had one more concert. The bus is now sitting in Redhead Equipment waiting for parts....new hub, brake shoes, rims and tires. We were thankful we didn't loose the wheels in a mountain pass or going 70mph down the freeway.

Praise God for His hand of safety and provision.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

February 18, 2009

We just crossed from Idaho into Oregon after our concert in Council, ID so technically so it still is Feb. 18, Oregon time. I pulled into the Baker Truck Corral in Baker City, OR and plan on sleeping for about 7 hours before hitting the road for East Wenatchee. The last time (2 years ago) we were in this parking lot we had our old bus and I spent hours trying to get a diesel line replaced and tightened in place. Wow, the Lord sure has been faithful.

We had a great time in Lakeview, OR last Friday but hit a big snow and wind storm on our way to Reno, NV that night. We made it safely though but not until 6:15am. We then ministered in Round Moutain, NV on Saturday night and Tonopah, NV on Sunday morning. We then got some needed time off. We'd played 1

December 10, 2008

I dislike winter!! I\'d use a stronger term but the Lord says to be thankful in all things.

I spent most of the afternoon working on the air system on the bus and trying to thaw out the lines. The mechanics all told me to put air brake antifreeze in the \"big line\" on top of the air compressor. What they didn\'t tell me is that you had to move the very large heavy alternator to get a wrench on it or that the line runs uphilll mostly and gravity does it\'s work with the antifreeze when you are trying to put it back on again.

Anyway we came to the conclusion we will have to take our van and a Uhaul this weekend to Manitoba and hopefully get the bus all aired up for an appointment I made at a shop in Saskatoon next week. They are predicting -25C for high temperatures this weekend. The unfortunate part is we\'d planned on spending two nights in the bus since the long distance means we have to leave tomorrow night to make it. After we sing Saturday we have a 2 hour drive for the next morning and then a 5 hour drive home on Sunday night. Well I better go figure out how we can make this all work.

Thanks for your prayers.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

December 8, 2008

It's 5:30am and we just got home from Alberta. Unfortunately we were traveling in our 15 passenger van and a Uhaul. We had big plans of going Christmas shopping in Saskatoon most of Friday, sleeping in the bus and shopping abit more on Saturday before our concert in Langham (about 20 minutes from Saskatoon). Instead the backhoe guy phoned and said he could come Friday and we spent the day digging a pit in our shop for working on the bus. It will be alot better than holding your breath and trying to slide under the bus. The weather turned fairly cold Saturday (-21C) and the bus wouldn\'t air up on the front end properly. That\'s what happens when an American bus meets a cold Canadian winter!!

Finally I decided to just take our van and Uhaul. That meant after the Christmas banquet in Langham last night we had to come home to sleep. We arrived home about 1:00 am this morning, slept for 5 hours and loaded into the van again to make it to Lashburn, SK in time to get set up for the morning service. After we had lunch and loaded in Lashburn we headed for Thorsby, AB. It was abit further from Edmonton than I\'d remembered and by the time we arrived to unload and set up there was a hall full of about 300 people and 10 minutes to the start of the banquet. We set up quickly while the people ate and we were thankful Cheilon was with us because we couldn\'t really do a soundcheck. It was plug in and let it go. The church in Thorsby does a Christmas meal for the community and the pastor said about 90% of the people weren\'t from his church. He said in fact that this is one night a local bar owner closes his bar in order to come to the banquet. We were blessed to be able to share the Gospel. After the concert we loaded up again and drove the 6 hours home.

I'm really proud of the kids who didn\'t complain at all. You don\'t get a very restful sleep slouched over in the van. I figure they spent about 15 hours traveling in the van in the last 41 hours. God is good and I know he is buidling Godly character in all of us during these times.

We\'ll I better get to bed. We want to try to have the kids in school by noon today.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

December 1, 2008

Wow, December 1st, where has the year gone. I\'m sure you all feel that way.

We just got home from a quick trip to Southern Saskatchewan. In 37 hours we drove 10 hours total, did three concerts and spent about 8 hours in setting up, soundchecking, tearing down and loading. That didn\'t leave much time for much else!!

On Sunday after our concert at the Diamond Willow Retreat Center we drove into Maple Creek and parked near the church. I set my cell phone alarm for 8:00am so we could be setting up by 8:30 for the 10:30 service. Unknown to me the cell phone was picking up an Alberta tower which is 1 hour later. We started loading in just before 8:30 (we thought) and were taking our time until I noticed the church clock said 10 minutes to 10:00. I asked the Pastor the time and he said that is right. Suddenly we went into high gear and barely got set up in time.

We spent two days last week at Northeast Christian Recording recording Hymns for the Foursquare Gospel Tidings radio program. I will be sharing my first message on Sunday, January 4th and they will begin using our music just before Christmas. It is a privilege for my wife and I to join the Radio Ministry team of Foursquare Gospel Tidings to help carry on the ministry that Rev. & Mrs. Chartier started over 44 years ago. With their recent passing we are in the middle of the transition process with the entire ministry team. The 1/2 hour weekly program is heard on 7 stations in Alberta, Sask., & Manitoba as well as one station out of Nashville, TN. It has also been carried on Pan America Radio which beams into Africa, Europe, the Middle East and other countries.

We are thankful and excited with the opportunities the Lord continues to give.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

November 6, 2008

It's been some time since I\'ve taken time to enter in the journal. We spent the last weekend of October in Alberta ministering in three different locations. We then had a family wedding on the next weekend. The first cousin to all our kids on the Hemmerling side to tie the knot. I set up and did sound for the wedding and then tore down and set up and did sound for the reception. The next day we lead worship and I preached for my dad so he could have a Sunday off. Today we are in Alberta once again. We just finished singing in Athabasca about 1 1/2 hours north of Edmonton. Our concert was in the Multiplex. Well I better get to bed. We gained an hour coming into Alberta but that means our body time is one hour later.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

October 17, 2008

This is our first weekend off in quite some time. Today Jardeth and I helped my dad put Identification tags in his calves ears. It is required by the government now. Kind of like stamping \"666\" in their foreheads. No one can buy or sell without it! We spent a couple hours on horseback rounding them up and sorting the cows and calves before spending the afternoon tagging.

We spent the weekend of October 3-5 with the Daae Family in Manitoba. We ministered three nights together with our \"Families of Faith\" concert series. It\'s always awesome to travel with them and enjoy time together. On Sunday night we traveled together till we parted ways and just before the crossroads Wayne hit a dead skunk. We were laughing about it and went our seperate ways. About 10 minutes later Andrew hit a live skunk! Luckily we were driving in the rain and eventually it washed off.

This past weekend on Canadian Thanksgiving we sang in Lanigan at LifePoint Church as they celebrated 40 years and dedicated a new church building. They raised over $3000 during the concert for a young boy with cancer from their community. The next morning we rejoiced with the folks in Spalding on Thanksgiving Sunday. God is good!! We were able to get home in time to still get in on most of the Hemmerling Thanksgiving \"get-to-together\" and go to Debbie\'s folks for their family meal on Monday.

Last night Oct. 16/08 we were blessed to go to Saskatoon and attend the Orginal Courier, Hunter Family, The Hoppers concert. It was good to see so many friends there and to enjoy the music. The Hunters are traveling right across Canada with The Hoppers. They are an awesome Saskatchewan family who love the Lord.

Duncan A Hemmerling

September 29, 2008

2:24am - We just arrived home about 1 1/2 hrs ago and I\'ve been sitting at my desk going through mail and trying to catch up on things. We\'ve had a very busy 9 days since I last journaled.

We did go to London, ON once we finished singing in Pennsylvania and spent 4 days at Starcrown Coach getting our AquaHot system installed in the bus (for heating the interior, the engine and hot water) and the kitchen cabinet doors on. Matt at Starcrown also got our three air conditioners working on the three zones like they are supposed to. We left London at 8:30pm on Thursday night and drove about 35 hours to Kindersley, SK. We arrived last night about 8:30 after spending a partial night outside Chicago and about 8 hours on Friday night in Bismarck, ND. We ministered in Kindersley and Milden, SK on Sunday (yesterday) and were tremendously blessed to be back in Saskatchewan. Now we have a busy 4 days to do all our business and the kids will get to go to school for a few days.

We leave for Manitoba on Thursday evening. We will be joining the Daae Family for three nights with our \"Families of Faith\" Concert Series. Its going to be awesome to minister for a few days with good friends.

Thank you for all your prayers on our long tour. God was so good and faithful.

I better go to bed for a few hours. I have a day of business in town tomorrow and Jardeth has to be at the dentist to get two teeth pulled and two more teeth pulled on Wednesday. This is in preparation for braces coming soon.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

September 20, 2008

We are at another Flying J Truckstop this time south of Washington, DC. We drove here after our concert in Poquosan, VA last night. We sang in Moncks Corner, SC on Wednesday night and have spent quite abit of time in truckstops in between sitting still and letting the kids do school work and catching up adding pictures on our facebook and website etc. They were limiting the amount of fuel you could put in your vehicle in South Carolina but every where else you could fill right up. We sing in the morning at Shrewsbury, PA and then head for Ontario.

Thanks for your prayers.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

September 16, 2008

Well we\'re in Knoxvile, Tn right now and Dad managed to find some internet so it\'s all good. I\'m just sitting here beside the \"Simon Kidgits Klubhouse\" in the town mall here watchin Oliviah play, debating whether I should get up and spend some hard earned money on a giant pretzel at the \"Auntie Anne\'s\" behind me. Sunday night we sang in at the \"Oneida Baptist Institute\" and it went really well. The kids were really responsive and I felt God spoke to some of their hearts. So we spent all day there yesterday and left late at night to drive here to Knoxville where the kids get to spend the whole day in one spot doing homework. Andrew and I already spent about an hour or so this morning in the mall checkin out some new c.d\'s and jeans so I think we\'re done for the day. Tomorrow were gonna be heading to South Carolina for our third last concert of the tour. God has been good and I think it\'s time I get off the computer so God Bless and hope to see all you guys soon.

Jardeth

September 10, 2008

We are just finishing our third night at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY. Today was the \"Big\" day when we were in the Featured Artist Showcase for the first time. We were scheduled to soundcheck at 10:00am so we were up early and setting up our onstage gear by 9:30am About 5 minutes to 10:00 the Kingdom Heirs come walking in and said \"...they are moving the Chapel Service over here..\". That meant they were getting the soundcheck so we just tried to be ready whenever they could fit us in. So right after Chapel we got everything hooked in and made sure it was working. Then they had the Vintage Quartet Showcase and we had about a 10 minute break before we were on. We sang I Want You Back and Faith Like That. It went fine. The Showcase was in a new hall that has fancy lights and big screens with cameras so that was really nice. We sang with The Crist Family, Tim Lovelace, Mercy\'s Well and Heirline. There was a big crowd and we were really thakful for the opportunity.

When we were on stage getting ready I said to the group \"let\'s enjoy this, this is God\'s blessing\". Sometimes because of the stress of things like a hurried soundcheck and wondering if you\'ve chosen the right songs and hoping the sound guy will mix it right and hoping your received well, you can lose the joy of the whole experience. NQC is exhausting and generally everyone\'s eating and sleeping schedule is even more messed up that our usual tour mayhem. We do however get to meet alot of awesome people and hear alot of awesome groups and have had alot of opportunities to minister from being here. God IS good!!!

I better head out to the bus. The older kids just left for bowling (at midnight) with alot of other young people. We want to catch the Gaither Vocal Band and Signature Sound tomorrow at noon.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

September 7, 2008

We are sitting in a Shell parking lot in Clinton, IL that has free highspeed internet. We ministered last night in Eureka, IL along with the Schippert Family from Roanoke, IL. The promoter Nelson Hostetler had a really good crowd and it was a great night. We then drove to Edinburg, IL and sang there this morning and in DeLand, IL tonight. They had a rowdy crowd at the Ranchouse Cowboy Church in DeLand. We visited Cheilon\'s (Andrew\'s girlfriend) parents in Muscatine, IA on Friday evening. We left her dad\'s Suburban in Clinton and she ran sound for us for the last three concerts. Now she is heading to visit her parents and we are heading to Louisville, KY to the National Quartet Convention. I\'m trying to catch up on email while Andrew\'s saying his prolonged good byes to Cheilon. They will be apart for about 2 1/2 weeks.

We have about a 4 1/2 hour drive to Louisville, KY yet tonight. We have to stop and get the bus washed in Indianapolis at Blue Beacon on the way.

Thank you for your prayers.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

September 3, 2008

We are in Brookings, SD and have just finished doing a concert at Holy Life Tabernacle. Monday we drove most of the day and stopped in Williston, ND for the night. We were back on the road early and ministered just South of Devils Lake, ND near Tolna on Tuesday evening. We finally drove out of the rain and had a good time at New Life Fellowship. We had a good visit with Pastor Jeff Kapella and his family and our whole group had breakfast at their place this morning. We drove about 6 hours today to Brookings. We stopped to fuel in Fargo and Cheilon\'s one sandal must have got kicked out the door of the bus. I mentioned it in the concert tonight and the Pastor\'s wife went home and brought back a bunch of sandals etc. I think Debbie got a pair and Cheilon and Christina and even Moriah. What a blessing!!! One lost sandal turned into eight. I don\'t know where they will go though, our steps in the bus are already covered in shoes.

Well I better get to bed. The kids hope to swim abit before we leave tomorrow. We need to be on the road by 10:00am. We plan on stopping at Guitar Centre in Sioux Falls, SD before we sing in Irwin, Iowa. I hope this trip won\'t be too costly.........

Thanks for your prayers.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

August 31, 2008

We are at a hotel in Shelby, MT right now after a busy few days. We did get on the road very late Tuesday, Aug. 26th. We spent Wednesday and Thursday at a Tent Meeting in Slave Lake with Allan O\'Soupe. We lead the worship and did some special music. During the Thursday night service while we were leading worship, a man and two little kids came walking into the tent and straight to the altar and the man accepted Christ. We pray the Lord will continue to work in His life. Friday night we spent in Smith, AB during their Fall Fair. We had an awesome night singing in their Curling Rink. It just poured rain after the concert and we all got soaked while we were loading up the gear.

Saturday morning we left bright and early and traveled about 11 hours with a brief stop in Red Deer. We crossed the border at Sweetgrass, MT and had a good crossing. It was just over an hour in the Customs building while they processed our P2 Visas. That gave us time to eat the 6 oranges they were going to make us throw out. We arrived in Cut Bank, Mt just before 10:00pm.

We were supposed to do park concerts today but during the night it began to pour rain. We ministered at the Assembly of God Church in Cut Bank in the morning and then rushed over to Conrad, MT to New Life Community Church in the early afternoon. Three satellite churches got together for an \"indoor\" picnic it turned out and we had a concert in the afternoon. They had talked to us about singing in the Shelby Prison in the evening but that didn\'t work out. We got to get to the hotel early, enjoy the pool and catch up on email.

Tomorrow we head East and sing in Tolna, ND on Tuesday evening.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

August 25, 2008

Well things haven\'t slowed down any!!! It DIDN\"T help that I lost my first 6 months of Band books from Quickbooks due to a momentary power lapse. No one was able to recover any of the 2008 records and my last backup was 2007 year end. (I learned all about the need for file backups and backup battery power for power outages in the last while). I still have 2 months of books to enter and we are leaving on tour tomorrow night for a month. Yikes........

We had a great time at Debbie\'s family reunion last weekend. All her 15 brothers and sisters were there along with most of their kids and their kids etc.. There was lots of visiting, a zip line, paint ball, swimming etc. I gave a short message in the Sunday morning service. On the Sunday night we sang in North Battleford outdoors in a parking lot with the Kashubas and Cities Under Fire (the boys youth band). It was an extremely hot day but we had a great time.

We just got back about 2 hours ago from singing in Regina yesterday at Avonhurst Pentecostal Tabernacle in the morning and rushing over to Faith Baptist Church and singing at their \"Block Party\" in the afternoon. We spent most of today at a shop trying to get our back rooftop AC working. We are heading South on tour and are anticipating some \"warmer\" weather. Praise God a small adaptor from Walmart seems to have done the trick. I hate not knowing why though!!!

Oh yeh, one of the big \"thrills\" of the weekend was seeing Brent Butt and Wendy from the TV Series \"Corner Gas\" in Safeway. Madison got Brent\'s autograph.

Well I better go, I have books to do. Please keep us in your prayers! I\'ll keep you posted on the road!!

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

August 9, 2008

I guess it\'s actually the 10th here in BC (12:23 am) but still the 9th in Saskatchewan. ANYWAY we just got back to our hotel here in Burns Lake, BC. We arrived here Friday afternoon and Andrew & Jardeth\'s youth band, Cities Under Fire, played in the park at Sonfest. Today, Saturday, a bunch of local groups played until rain forced the event indoors to a church gymn. Our group sang tonight, followed by our friends High Valley, and then Cities Under Fire again. The boys band did a great job and we are excited with their desire to minister to youth. They have a great sound as well.

We lead the Community Church Service in the morning before heading to Vanderhoof for an evening concert. The we head home from there. The boys will be ministering at Shiloh Youth Rach all next week. God is Good!!!!! Thanks for your prayers.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

August 4, 2008

We just got home from Wilderness Camp and it is the funnest Camp I\'ve ever gone to. Even though our cousins left early I made lots of friends there. One particular friend was Dylan. He is eight years old and from Colombia. Even though I know I won\'t see him for a number of years I\'m still hoping he\'ll come to Canada soon. I hope we can go to Colombia one day. I learned one word in Colombian. It is the word \"sita\' and means \"date\", like a date.

Madison (10 yrs old)

I'm tired and had a rough week staying up till 12:00 every night. I had a fun time at Camp though and went fishing. I never caught a fish but I found some Beaver teeth. I went swimming and had fun at Childrens Church. The preaching was good from all the Pastors. I played volleyball (so did Mom and Dad). All the cousins left early so I was bored sometimes but then I played with Dylan Stendall and interrogated him with lots of questions about Colombia. Like \"Do you have Mcdonalds\"? or \"Do you speak English at home or Spanish\"? It was Yes and Spanish. We had a campfire last night.

Well I'm going to be going to bed and getting a good nights sleep while I can.

Bronson (12 yrs old)

July 28, 2008

We\'ve arrived at Wilderness Campmeeting on Tobin Lake in Northern Saskatchewan after an awesome time in Slave Lake. We sang the last three nights with Jason Crabb & his band, Mike & Kelly Bowling and Ken & Sonya Saults. It was an incredible experience. This was billed as a Jamboree but it was more like a campmeeting. We saw 18 respond the first night to receive Christ as Saviour. Jason is an excellent speaker and evangelist at heart. He spent just about as much time preaching as singing. His heart for Souls was very evident. It was a great primer for coming here to Wilderness Camp.

We drove all night last night, stopped in North Battleford for a few hours and got here to Wilderness this afternoon. We are leading the services, leading worship and doing some of our music. The morning speaker is Russel Stendall from Colombia and the evening speaker is Paul Tucker from Minnesota. We also have Rick and Bebe Svenddal from Minnesota pitching in with special music.

This is our yearly \"family\" camp and our kids wait all year to come here. Praise God for His goodness.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

July 25, 2008

It's actually the wee hours of July 26th and we\'ve just finished our first night here in Slave Lake, AB. After the concert we went to Boston Pizza with alot of the other groups and have just got back to the hotel. We are once again amazed and blessed by God\'s goodness.

We left home very late last night after Cheilon got off work and drove to Lloydminster. After a five hour sleep in the WalMart parking lot we headed through Edmonton to Slave Lake. We are pretty pumped to be singing with Jason Crabb and his band (several members formerly of the Crabb Family band) as well as Mike & Kelly Bowling. The band is unbelievable and Jason is such an amazing vocalist and an incredible guitar player too. We were also tremendously blessed by the ministry of Kenny & Sonya Saults from Ontario. Andrews doing double duty playing drums with them as well.

Well I better go to bed. We sing tomorrow and Sunday night with these same groups here in Slave Lake.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

July 21, 2008

Well, we got home again in the wee hours of this morning. We spent the weekend at Sandy Creek Gospel Jamboree with alot of other groups. Besant Park near Caronport, SK is a beautiful spot with huge oak trees, lots of camping sites, a nearby swimming hole and a big stage. We had a great time with groups like Heritage Road (formerly MidSouth), Evergreen State Quartet, Kevin & Kim Elias and many others. Our son Madison even captured some oysters and made abit of money on the side.

We are enjoying our bus so much and are thanking the Lord daily for His provision. It makes things so much easier. When Andrew & Jardeth finished leading Worship at Shiloh Youth Ranch near Edmonton last Thursday night they never got home till about 5:00am. They sure were thankful they could crawl into a bunk until we got to Sandy Creek.

We are leaving Thursday night for Slave Lake to the Northern Alberta Gospel Jamboree. We are very excited because Jason Crabb and the Mike Bowling Trio are also on the performance lineup. We\'ll be ministering all three days and then we will be heading straight to Wilderness Campmeeting for 7 days of leading Worship.

Thanks for your prayers.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

July 15, 2008

What a hectic time we\'ve had in the last seven days. I arrived at the Winnpeg Airport at 2:42pm last Tuesday and our new bus arrived 12 hours later. I\'d expected it around supper time (6:00pm) and I waited at the Comfort Inn till 2:42 am. Unfortuntely the generator and air conditioners weren\'t working and after a short briefing I hit the road (4:00 am) for North Battleford. On the way home arrangements were made by Starcrown Coach to get the generator and ACs looked at down the road in Edmonton. The bus ran well and I met everyone in North Battleford in the late afternoon Wednesday. We had to load all our gear and stuff for Red Deer and were on the road a few hours later. Andrew and Jardeth met us near Fort Saskatchewan in the pouring rain about 2:00 am after leaving Shiloh Youth Ranch. We drove into Edmonton and parked near Cummins Western Canada about 3:30 am.

7:30am, Thursday morning I walked into Cummins and they looked at our generator and fixed the minor starter switch plug. While they were doing that I was on the phone with Starcrown and we figured out the two front air conditioners. By about 11:30 we were on the road to Red Deer, washed the bus and arrived at the Centrium Arena at 3:30pm, 1/2 hour before the doors opened. We had a quick booth setup and had an awesome three days at the Canadian Gospel Music Celebration. We performed Mainstage on Friday night and in the Canadian Showcase on Saturday. I was also asked to give the World Vision presentation on Mainstage on Saturday night. We didn\'t get alot of rest but had an amazing time with friends. God is good!!

After leaving Red Deer we headed to Calgary and got there about 2:30am on Sunday morning to Hawkwood Baptist Church. We set up for their Stampede Breakfast at 7:30am and started singing by 9:15. The people just kept coming!! They had 160 people two years ago, 350 last year and this year they had 600 people come for the breakfast. We had an awesome morning sharing in music.

After such a hectic time we drove to Spruce Grove and went to the Trans Alta Leisure Center waterpark (recommended by The Daae Family) and took a break. We stayed in the WalMart parking lot that night and took the family to the West Edmonton Mall Amusement Park yesterday. This is the first time we have been able to do something like this instead of rushing home after singing. We had a great time as a family. We dropped Jardeth back off to minister at Shiloh Youth Ranch for four days. We stopped in Lloydminster about midnight last night and arrived home this morning.

We are thankful to the Lord for His blessing, His strength and His provision.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

July 8, 2008

It\'s been a long day....we left La Crete, AB this morning (yesterday by now) at 6:30am and it is now 12:47 a.m.. We just got home after 18 hours on the road. We had an awesome time at the North Country Gospel Fest with groups like The Daae Family and The Hunters. On the way home we stopped and dropped Andrew & Jardeth off at the Shiloh Youth Ranch. Their Youth Band is playing there for a few weeks this summer in between all of the CDP Jamboree dates. The Camp is a ministry to Inner City kids and they are very excited to be involved.

I fly out tomorrow to Winnipeg to pick up our bus. They are driving it from Starcrown Coach in London, ON to meet me. We are very excited to be getting in back and can hardly wait to see the new conversion. We are so thankful to God and His people for making this possible. It\'s only by God\'s hand that this has happened. Having the bus will make days like this so much easier to bear. I said to Debbie that we need to enjoy even long days like this because the Lord has given us our heart\'s desire.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

June 29th, 2008

Well I am currently sitting at the computer of Duane and Sonia Murray whom have been a huge blessing to us during our time here in Malta, Mt. We spent the whole weekend here in Malta at the \"Milk River Gospel Jamboree\" singing with some of our greatest friends in the music field such as The Hunters, The Rawlings, The Fehr Family, and we met many new friends. This jamboree was a new experience I guess you could say, because we had the privelege of running sound and all the things incorporated with that. And my conclusion on the whole sound thing is that it IS way more tiring than we think! Andrew and I found ourselves mentally and physically drained by the end of the nights thinking (all we did was sit behind a sound board and move a couple mic stands and we\'re this tired?) However all in all the jamboree was a great success, and great fun and ministry was had by all. So now it is off to Bromhead, Sk for us for the Canada Day Celebration which The Daae Family will be hosting, and it\'s off to bed for me before I have to change the date at the top.

p.s - We really do appreciate you for reading our journal

Jardeth

June 24, 2008

Wow the busy schedule of Summer has sure kicked in. This is the only full day we will be at home this week.

We had a great time at the Bow Island Gospel Jamboree on Friday. We got to sing with the Rempels (the mom and sisters of High Valley) from La Crete and the Amundruds from Lloydminster. Summer Jamborees are a great time to connect with our musical friends again. There is always exciting news to catch up on. Saturday night and Sunday morning we spent in Swift Current at Community Baptist Church and then to Hodgeville, SK for a concert in the hall. We were last in Hodgeville about 20 years ago. They finally forgot who we were and invited us back (only seriously joking). We had another late night arriving home at 3:00am.

We\'ve finally got a date of arrival for OUR NEW BUS!!! I booked a flight yesterday for Tuesday, July 8th to fly to Winnipeg where they are delivering the bus. It\'s kind of the half way point. I will just have time to pick everyone up at home and head to Red Deer for the Canadian Gospel Music Celebration in Red Deer, AB. Only 11 more days of using our van and Uhual...

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

June 4, 2008

We\'ve been so busy the last 3 weeks. We had the Victoria Day weekend off and both our families postponed our Mother\'s Day celebrations till then. We had an awesome time with our Mothers and our families.

Our oldest three kids got to go to YC Alberta for the first time on the last weekend of May. There were many Youth Bands and speakers and about 17, 000 kids. They had a great time and really felt the Lord was put forth throughout the whole weekend. On the Sunday night we did sing in Spruce Grove, Alberta since our kids were in Edmonton already. We were back to Alberta for last weekend ministering in Viking and at a Shiloh Youth Ranch Fundraiser in Bonnyville. Andrew and Jardeth along with a cousin & friend have a Youth Band (still nameless) and they will be singing for about 3 weeks at Shiloh Youth Ranch during July and August. Shiloh is a ministry to inner city kids.

In May Jardeth and I helped my dad get his crop seeded and his cattle put into the different pastures.

Our new bus is really coming along at Starcrown Coach. The flooring is in, the bunks are in, the bathroom is in and most of the kitchen and couches are roughed in. The air conditioners have arrived and our Onan generator is ordered. We hope to have the bus in about 3 weeks or so. We are very excited to get it back.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

May 13, 2008

We got back late last night after spending almost 5 days on the road. We left Thursday and sang in Beaverlodge, Alberta on Friday night. Kevin (formerly Dry River Boys) & Kim (formerly Singing Hills) Elias had arranged things for us there. It was awesome to see them and they are a very talented and anointed duo. They can play all kinds of instruments, write songs and sing great as well. The next day we drove north of Peace River to Manning, AB. Two churches met together on Mother\'s Day morning and we had an awesome time. Then it was off to Eaglesham, AB for Sunday evening and another wonderful time of ministry. We stayed in Eaglesham on Sunday before driving home yesterday.

We left Eaglesham at 8:55am yesterday and arrived home at 10:00pm last night. With our van and 11 people ever stop is a long stop. Mileage wise it should have been a 9 1/2 hour drive. By the time we stopped for fuel and bathroom breaks 3 times, Axe Music in Edmonton to drop off Jardeth\'s amp and our sound board for repair, Walmart in Lloydminster and unload the Uhaul at North Battleford it took 13 hours. We can hardly wait for the bus.

We were so blessed by our billets (host homes) this weekend. The Lord continues to amaze us with the generosity of the folks that open their homes to us night after night. Alot of groups don\'t stay in people\'s homes and they are missing a great blessing. We have an awesome Family of God.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

May 6, 2008

We had a good weekend in Eastern Saskatchewan and Western Manitoba over the weekend. It was a busy time with 4 concerts in 3 days. We sang in Kuroki, SK Friday and after the concert on Saturday evening in Norquay we loaded up and drove to Roblin, Manitoba. Unfortunately the hour time change was against us and we arrived at 12:00 midnight at the hotel and had to be up for breakfast at 7:30am. The kids did great though inspite of the late night. After the morning in Roblin we crossed back into Saskatchewan to Rocanville, SK. for a concert. The Lord has been so faithful to us and we are looking to Him as our Source. With fuel prices jumping we are reminded that He is our Supply.

I talked to Starcrown Coach this morning about our bus conversion. After they got the luggage racks and bathrooom tore out, they cleaned it completely and covered the inside in plywood. They insulated and covered the appropriate windows. The walls are installed and laminated. They build the walls and then take them out again and laminate them on the table before putting them back in. The bunks are in place, although roughed in for now. They may have to stay that way for awhile. We are going as far as we have money and right now we are concentrating on having the front ready with a working fridge, air conditioning, lights and power. A working bathroom is another must. The back bedroom may have to wait till next Spring. After traveling with our van and Uhaul for over a month we are looking forward to getting the bus back for our busy summer.

We appreciate your continued prayers and support!! God is good!

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

April 25,2008

Wow!! Duncan really surprised me yesterday. We have not had time to celebrate our 21st Wedding Anniversary from last year, June 7th /07 and we have been meaning to set time aside for it , but you know how that goes.( June 7th/08 is only 6 weeks away again now). Anyways, he had flowers on the table and a note that said \"be ready by 10:30am\" and so I thought we were heading out for a lunch in North Battleford( 1/2 hour away). When we switched our big van with Andrew\'s small car(to save on fuel), I knew we were heading to Saskatoon (1 & 1/2 hours away) . But what happens in the middle of the afternoon I wondered. It so happens that the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA was playing two shows each day ( the matinee was the cheapest tickets) and when I saw the billboard my heart started to pound and I felt like crying. We sat in the second balcony and had an awesome view. I couldn\'t help but think of Christina, knowing she would love the costumes, the ballet, the drama and the singing. Duncan admitted that he really didn\'t know much about the Play , but he was so sweet to surprise me and we really enjoyed our whole day together. Oh, and besides Andrew\'s involvement by lending us his car, Jardeth looked after the three little girls until Christina got home from school and took over. So without any preparation from me, they looked after their own meals etc. . We have an awesome family, I feel super blessed.

Love, Debbie

April 14, 2008

We ministered at Stoney Plain yesterday and were actually in one spot all day Sunday. I preached and we took the morning service at East Parkland Bible Church and then did a concert there in the evening. George and Edith Fehr were a tremendous blessing to us. We pulled into our driveway at 6:40am this morning. I don\'t know how it ended up being so late. Since our bus in being converted right now we are travelling in our van and Uhaul, not a very comfortable ride through the night. Thankfully the kids had today off school. We are in the midst of recovery......

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

April 4, 2008

Praise the Lord we all made it home safely from our tour. The kids with our van and Uhaul arrived home on Monday about 8:30pm after driving all night from Green Bay. Debbie & I with Octavia flew home to Saskatoon from Toronto on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00pm. It was Debbie and Octavia\'s first flight and they did awesome. We had a 2 1/2 hour layover in Winnipeg. The morning started early with a knock on our door at 5:18am (3:18 SK time). It was a 2 hour drive to the airport from London and we got to the terminal at 8:15am.

We spent almost two days in London making final plans for the bus conversion. I worked part of Monday and Tuesday and got the luggage racks tore out of the bus and the toilet was ripped apart as well. It was basically an empty shell when we left. We also spent quite abit of time trying to figure out the colors for flooring, cabinets, couches, head liner, counter top and window trimming. I\'m sure glad Debbie was there.

The bus will be in Ontario for April and May or longer. We are trusting the Lord to provide the finances to complete the build. He is a faithful God.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

March 29, 2008

We are in Green Bay, WI right now. We are staying about five blocks from Lambeau Field (home of the NFL Green Bay Packers) so we went over there this afternoon. The tour was to expensive so we threw the football around in the parking lot for awhile. We sang here in Green Bay at Cup O Joy coffee house last night.

Earlier this week on Wednesday we sang at Celebration Church in Lakeville, MN. Pastor Lowell Lundstrom spent many years traveling the country holding Crusades and now has a large church just south of Minneapolis. The auditorium has state of the art lighting and sound and we had an awesome time there. The next night we were north of Minneapolis in Mora, MN. We had a good night there as well. God is good!!

Tomorrow morning we sing in Oneida, WI and then we head two different directions. Debbie and I (and Octavia) will drive the bus to London, Ontario to Starcrown Coach where they will start a bus conversion. We will fly home from Toronto on Wednesday morning. The rest of our family will be driving our van and a Uhaul trailer from Green Bay home to North Battleford.

Please keep us in your prayers................

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

March 25, 2008

We are at our friends Rick & Bebe Svenddals near Duluth, MN. We left home late Friday and stopped in a parking lot for 4 1/2 hrs before finishing the 14 hour drive to Cavalier, ND. We had a blessed Easter in Cavalier and Baudette, MN. We drive down to Minneapolis today and everyone is pumped for the Mall of America (well almost everyone). Andrew\'s girlfriend Cheilon and her brother David came along for this short 10 day tour. Their parents are driving up from Muscatine, IA to meet them today. We got abit of snow last night but at least it\'s around freezing. Well I better go we have shopping to do................

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

March 18, 2008

Well I just finished and sent our latest email newsletter that keeps you all up to date with what\'s been happening with CDP. If you don\'t recieve it let me know and I\'ll include you. Email me at doubleportion@sasktel.net.

We did a fundraising banquet for the Christian Counselling Service in Saskatoon on Thursday and then went back Friday night to attend a Daae Family/Hunter Family concert. We had a great time at both events although we got home alot early from Thursday night. After the Friday evening concert all our families went to BPs till way to late. Thanks to Lorne Hunter for picking up the tab even though both me and Wayne Daae were there with our debit cards. The Daaes and Hunters are two wonderful families serving the Lord faithfully.

We had an awesome weekend in Wetaskiwin and Sylvan Lake, Alberta. The Lord continually amazes us with His presence and we are so grateful to serve Him in this way. We are off to North Dakota on Friday for a quick 10 day U.S. tour that includes Minnesota and Wisconsin. I\'ll keep you posted......

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

March 7, 2008

We arrived home from tour in the wee hours of this morning. After a few hours of sleep we headed to a friend\'s wedding in Saskatoon for the day. We just arrived back home about 11:00 tonight.

We had a wonderful time in Jordan Valley, OR and Kalispell, MT to finish off our concerts for the tour. The drive to Kalispell was awesome and it is known as "tropical" Montana because of its mild climate. What a gorgeous area!! You name it, they have it in regards to recreation; skiing (downhill & cross country), snowmobiling, boating, hunting, hiking, the list goes on and on. Debbie and I last came through Kalispell on our honeymoon, 21 years, 9 months ago. We were privileged be a part of the concerts sponsored by the Montana Gospel Music Association. They\'ve had groups like the Cathedrals, Florida Boys, Isaacs, Perrys, Palmetto State, Stamps and many more. God is good.

We performed 18 times in 22 days in 5 States. We are thankful to the Lord for giving us safety on the tour. We give Him praise for many who responded for salvation and other needs. Once again He was faithful to meet every need. What a Joy to Serve Him!!

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

March 4, 2008

We had a wonderful time on our quick trip to California and Nevada. We sang in Alturas, CA Friday, crossed into Nevada and sang at Tonopah, NV Sunday before heading back across the border to Bishop, CA that evening. The country is so beautiful but barren with desert and mountains.

After being in Alturas we stopped to shop in Reno, NV on our way to Tonopah. We misunderstood the distance to Tonopah from Reno and it ended up being 2 hours longer. Thankfully we weren\'t singing that night. One thing about the desert, you can really make time on its highways.

It\'s amazing how we want to minister and be a blessing at every concert and it turns out we are the ones who leave blessed. In Alturas a lady gave Debbie some clothes for the little girls as well as Amy and Christina. The church in Tonopah filled our bus with diesel which was a tremendous help. They had a family dinner theatre and concert night at Bishop and we were greatly encouraged by the people. God is Good!!

We stayed in Fallon, NV last night and sing in Jordan Valley, OR tonight. We\'re slowly heading north. We\'ll enjoy this good weather while we can.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

February 28, 2008

We have had such awesome weather on this trip. Today was 72 degrees in Medford, OR and we had a wonderful time at Jerusalem Centre tonight. We haven\'t been here for 2 years so it was good to be back.

When we were in Newport, OR on the weekend we went to the Ocean for awhile and then headed to the church and set up. While we were sound checking someone went into our bus and stole some stuff. It was dark out and they appeared to rummage through some bags and leave wallets etc but they did take our newest video camera, my cell phone, Andrew\'s Ipod and a couple of the boys bags with some of their clothes. It looks like Jardeths wallet was taken as well as a backpack containing a couple of Christina\'s textbooks. We are very thankful they didn\'t take the bag containing all the income from the tour or the video camera we were actually using to record the trip. No one elses wallets or purses were gone either. We have been very careful to make sure the bus is locked at all times now!!

We are also thankful that everyone is healthy again. Only four of us escaped the flu. We had Tuesday off and it was good to get abit of rest. We\'d sang three times Sunday in Newport & Waldport and Monday in Wamic. Yesterday we were in Maupin before coming to Medford today. We head to Eastern California to sing tomorrow and than into Nevada and back to California. Check our our tour dates for locations.

Thanks for your prayers. I better go to bed. We meet at the church for breakfast at 9:00. A lady at the church offered to get our bus washed at her dad\'s trucking company tomorrow. Praise the Lord!!

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

February 22, 2008

We've ministered the last four nights in Eastern Oregon in Monument, Condon, Spray and Prineville. This country is so beautiful. It\'s rugged flattop mountains right out of the Wild West movies.

We had another first on stage last night. Right in the middle of the kids singing our little girl Olivia (3 yrs) threw up on stage. Debbie grabbed her and the rest kept right on singing. Than our one year old (Octavia) got sick and than Debbie during the night. Tonight just before the concert Bronson (12yrs) got sick as well. We were abit depleted on stage for kids tonight. Madison was doing double duty having to sing his and Bronson\'s verses. Christina ended up holding Octavia on stage for most of the concert. She was really fussy and fell asleep. Oh the challenges of road life. We are praying that no one else will get sick. Thanks for your prayers.

We are travelling to the Oregon Coast tomorrow and plan on going to the Ocean before we set up at the Church in Newport.

Because of His Call,

Duncan A Hemmerling

February 17, 2008

We have just finished our concert here in Richland, Oregon, loaded up the bus and arrived at our host home. We\'ve had a very busy few days. We left home very late on Thursday and had our bus air system freeze about 3:00am in Saskatoon. We got a hotel about 4:00am and got the bus thawed out at Freightliner in the morning. We hit the road about noon Friday and got to Missoula, MT at 5:00am Saturday. The roads were pretty good although we had some nasty snow/rain and wind between Helena and Missoula over McDonald Pass. After sleeping in a truckstop for 5 hours we drove to Council, ID and sang last night. Wow do they have snow, about 5 feet of it. After the concert we drove to Marsing, ID and got there at 1:00 am this morning. They have green grass and awesome weather. We had a good morning there. After two nights in the bus it is nice to have a real bed that does move down the road. We have tomorrow off and have about a 4 or 5 hour drive to Monument, OR where we sing on Tuesday.

The bus is running great and we are enjoying the milder weather. I guess I better go to bed. I haven\'t had much sleep the last two nights.

So far the tour is going well though. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness and goodness. Thanks for your prayers!!

Because of His Call

Duncan A Hemmerling


 

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