Violin Workshop Underway!

People started gathering around the baggage claim. More suitcases started their trip around the conveyer belt. I waited. Some people with brief cases, some with children, but only one with, yes! a violin! That’s Jonathan!  I eagerly made my way over for a grand reunion. I had come into Dallas the day before on the train and jumped on the ride to the airport to pick up Jonathan Monday morning. The two of us have joined a class of 27 eager violinists and violists in developing our technique.

Today was the first full day. A lesson, assisted practice and group practice sessions, observing others’ lessons and a few hours on our own to refine what we have been taught, made for a very full first day.

We topped it off with a fun call home on skype, a game of volley ball (Jonathan and my team won, of course, but it was close! 🙂 ), and a Bible Study as a class on John Piper’s book “Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came To Die”. But the icing on the cake was when the maintenance crew announced that progress was being made on the air conditioning! It’s been in the 80s and 90s here without air conditioning working in our bedrooms and practice rooms, so we were very grateful for the news!

Please be praying that we would make the most of each lesson and be an encouragement to the rest of the team. Thank you all!


  1. Ana Marie May 25, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    Glad to hear it’s going well, Esther! I am missing being there with all of you. k

  2. Kathryn May 26, 2010 at 6:06 am #

    Sounds very exciting, Esther!! I know it’s always special to have a bunch of violinists together – I will be praying that your time will be productive and encouraging as you all seek to further your abilities for the Lord.

  3. Michael May 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Thanks for the update Esther. Sounds like it’s been worth it already!

  4. Donald May 29, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    Praise the Lord. That was good news from a far state–the Lone Star State! Praise the Lord also for the working air conditioning! We were praying specifically for that on Thursday. Thank you also for “skyping” often. (Should I say I’m glad you let the other team win the frisbee game?) And by the way those “few hours on our own to fine tune what we have been taught”, meaning practice, is a great inspiration. May the Lord help us to minor on the minors and major on the majors in time management. “We become skilled at anything we do every day”!

  5. Elizabeth Rauch June 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Hey Esther, I can’t wait to talk again! I hope that the workshop is going well for you. When we talk I want to hear all about it! Miss you and love you hon!

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