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What’s New, August 2, 2012

Wow !!!! Where did July go? This time of year is not as busy for us on the road, but all of the projects that have been piling up for months, have been keeping us very busy. Getting ready to launch new things on the website, working on a new CD, equipping the new truck for our use, equipment repairs and up keep as well as re-facing our promotional material, all takes time. All these projects get pushed off during our touring session because we just don’t have time. There is still a lot to do, but August should be enough time to finish most of what we started.

I am really looking forward to this fall’s and winter tours. We have a lot of new places on the schedule we have never been to before and a lot of repeat concerts that we will be able to see familiar faces. The biggest bummer of the fall coming is that my two boys will not be able to travel with me as much as they have this summer. Chase and Ryan have not missed a show all summer. Chase has been doing a song of his own as well as a song with me at each show. That has been a BLAST !!!!. Ryan isn’t keeping up with his saxophone as much as we would like, but his cute face at the product table has helped my sales this whole summer.

I know school is important and I strongly believe in it, but I almost get jealous when it starts because I feel like it is taking my kids from me. Summer isn’t over yet and there is a lot more we want to do as a family, so I’m hoping August will slow way down so we can get in more family time.

God has truly blessed us with a busy schedule and tons of opportunities to share the Gospel. So far this year we have seen over 500 people accept Christ through the doors God has opened for this ministry. I never want to get in the way of what He is doing. I just want to be the servant He needs to get the job done. Please pray for safe travels and our finances, things are very tight, but as always; God provides.

There is no way we could do this without all of your prayers for this ministry. Thank you and thank you for checking in.



What’s New, June 27, 2012

Guatemala was AWESOME!!!!!! I was so blessed to meet up with some great people that have an incredible heart for the Lord and a drive and vision to reach a lot of people to share the love of Christ. The schools we visited and played at were filled with kids that got to hear some trumpet playing and the Gospel. We based ourselves out of an orphanage that a friend of mine started. One of my goals was to bless the kids at the orphanage as much as I could, but when the week was over, I think their love was more of a blessing to me then anything else. Please join me in praying for Shane as he leads those kids towards Christ and as he helps them rebuild their lives that were torn down and as he shows them the love they desire and need. Shane has many challenges, but we know God will provide.


As for this ministry, we are very busy right now through the end of July. August will slow down a little, which will give us some solid time as a family, but September is right around the corner with a busy schedule that takes us trough the end of the year.


We are extremely blessed with the new truck that we were able to purchase from the sale of the bus. It is a great truck that we believe will serve this ministry for many years.


Thank you to all of you who check in on a regular basis, and especially to those of you who pray for this ministry. We have several challenges a head of us, but the path remains clear that God has us right where we are suppose to be.


Thanks for your time,



What’s New, May 10,2012

The last tour I just got back from was AWESOME. As always, I saw some familiar faces, but also got to meet a lot of new people. The coolest thing of all, is that several people received Christ as their Savior.

Let me share something with you; on a tour like this past one, when I’m by myself, there are a lot of hours on the road driving. There were several concerts I had to do with less than two hours of sleep the night before because of the travel between the concerts. I will be the first to confess that there are moments, like when I’m being introduced to begin a concert that “what in the world am I doing” goes through my head. But the coolest thing happens somewhere between my third or fourth note that I play. God comes and takes over, and IT IS AWESOME!!!!! I know what happens when I try to do things on my own, and I know what happens when I give it all to God – and that’s when the lives get changed. I am so glad God always has my back, because my body and mind is not always up to the challenges.

The western states are beautiful. I was very thankful to have two separate days off to be able to hike, climb and explore some really cool spots. One of my favorite spots is in Oregon is near Crater Lake. I have been to the lake many times, but I enjoy the miles of streams and waterfalls that are fed by the lake much more. I think I will always try to schedule a day off when I’m in that area.

We have a trip coming up in June to Guatemala. I have been near there before, but have never been in Guatemala itself. I am really looking forward to the trip. It is really cool to see how other countries react to the trumpet. I think it is easier for them to relate because there is no need for translation to enjoy the music. I will update again when I get back and let you all know how it went.

Please continue to pray for this ministry and all the doors that God opens for us. Thanks for your time and for checking in.



What’s New, March 29, 2012


I am very excited to announce that we sold the bus. Thank you to all of you that have been praying with us that it would sell. There is still a ton of details to work out and a few things that have to be done to it before it leaves, but it is sold. Once the transaction is complete, we will be hunting for a newer truck for the ministry. I have some specifics of what we want and need, but would love to hear any contacts or opportunities that you all may have.


The rest of the ministry is very busy. I am falling very behind in office work right now, so I’m thankful that most churches don’t focus on concerts around Easter time, so hopefully I can get caught up soon. We have just a small handful of holes to fill for this year and we are done booking 2012. Most of the incoming concerts are going on 2013 right now, but I still do have a little work left for this year.


I am very excited to say that this Friday, March 30, Kelli and I will be married for 16 years. There is no one else on the face of this earth that God could have blessed me with that would even come close to Kelli. I am truly a blessed man.


Please continue to pray with us that we will be able to find a guy to travel with me VERY soon and that the finances will be in place to support that person. The economy has hurt everyone and things are tight right now, so the finances to do this right now, just aren’t there.


Thank you for checking in on us, praying for us and joining us in changing peoples lives with the blast of a horn.


Thanks for your time,


What’s New, February 24, 2012

Hello Everyone ! What a weird winter we have had here in Pennsylvania, barely any snow and temperatures in the 50s. That may sound good to some people, but I do miss the snow. I told Kelli the other day, that all I want is to get snowed in with the kids for just one day. I really enjoy those snow days and so do the kids. Oh well !!

The ministry is doing well, we always have slow January’s on the touring end of things, but the office is very busy booking concerts and working out tours. Now that we are just about to get into March, we have already done a few short tours and are excited to already see many people receive Jesus as their Savior. We have started some new music and done a few other new things in our concerts and are also excited to see the response from the congregations and people that come out to the concerts.


Our prayers and needs right now are focused on selling our bus and purchasing a newer truck for the ministry. My truck is definitely having some issues, it is very high on mileage and we just don’t have the confidence in it like we should. There are three different people looking at the bus right now, so please pray with us that we can sell it soon and that it would be a blessing to who ever buys it. Once that happens, we should be able to do something with a newer truck.


Another need we have, is to find someone to join me on the road. I have always had someone with me in the past and want to continue to do so. The long hours of driving, the setups and teardown get a little hard sometimes by myself. I have had to carry less equipment the last few months, because I cannot operate it by myself during a concert. I would love to be able to kick up our production level to where we were before if not more, but cant until I find a guy. Finances have to be there to make that happen along with the right guy.


Please also join us in prayer that we will see God do things with this ministry that we have never seen before. We want to be 100% God servants. Not 99.9%, but everything, all the time needs to be focused on Him. We are not after more concerts or bigger audiences, we are seeking to be the most we can be, for exactly what God want us to be.



Thanks for checking in,



What’s New, January 24, 2012

Here we go !!!    2012 is looking to be a good year. The schedule is full and more concerts are coming in everyday. We have some new really cool things we are doing in our concerts. New music with a possible new CD coming out this year and so much more. We saw a lot of people making decisions for the Lord last year, and we cant wait for God to use us this year. My prayer is that God will use us like He has never used us before. Our ministry, our lives, each other, our kids, our home, our everything, let it all be praise to You.

Our Christmas / New Years break was good, but seemed to go by sooooo fast. I love the time we get to spend as a family, just hanging out, playing games and having a good time. This month is always very busy in the office with concerts booking and trying to finish this years tours, it’s not very busy on the road side of things, but that all picks up in February.

Thank you to all of you who check in with us. Your prayers and encouragement have always helped us tremendously. We look forward to hearing from all of you and seeing you at out next concert in your town.



Thanks for checking in,



What’s New December 17, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone !!!!


This year has definitely been a challenging year for us, but the results have been AWESOME. Our last concert will be December 18th but as of now, 423 people have made decisions to accept Christ as their Savoir this year. How cool is that.

We are so blessed to be doing what we are. Being used by God to reach people is the best job on the face of the earth. Yes this year has been very hard, but we are 100% sure this is exactly where God wants us.

2012 is going to be great. Our schedule is packed, we have a lot of new things we are doing in concerts and we are looking forward to seeing and doing things we have never done before.

Please pray for God’s continued provisions for this ministry, pray that God will use us like never before and then check out our schedule and come see us when we’re close by. Thank you to all of you that have supported us this year and thank you to those of you who pray for us.

May God bless you and give you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!


Chiz and Kelli

What’s New November 29, 2011

We have our Christmas tree up, the house and yard decorated, and the Christmas music is playing. It’s such a fun time of year.

I would normally say that it’s now time to begin my Christmas concerts, but I have been getting requests for Christmas music since the beginning of October. But now marks the spot of the real Christmas shows. They are a lot of fun with the big band sounds and with the churches decorated. This time of year just has a different feel to it.

We have seen quite a few people responding to our News Letter that we just recently sent out. A lot of people have blessed us with donations, and covered us in prayer with our situation that we are in. It has been a huge encouragement to all of us here at Chiz Rider Ministries to see God use people to bless us in so many ways. We still have a large mountain in front of us, but we know that God is in control.

If you have never caught one of our Christmas concerts, please come out and see what they’re all about. In January we are working on changing many things in our concerts and will begin using the changes right away. The 2012 schedule is packed and we are looking forward to the best year we have ever had.

Thank you all for your prayers and support for this ministry. Because of many of you, just this year we have seen hundreds accept Christ and many others turn their lives around to follow Him. Please continue to support Chiz Rider Ministries in this next year. Together let’s blast the Gospel of Jesus Christ in as many places as we can.

Thanks for checking in,


What’s New October 21, 2011 —- Prayer Request

I love this time of year, it’s cooler and with all the leaves turning, it just makes some of our drives gorgeous. I like the summer, but I definitely like the cooler weather.

The ministry is very busy right now with a full touring schedule as well as a lot going on in the office. 2012 is filling up quickly and we have already booked many concerts in 2013 and a few in 2014. There has been a few churches that have had to cancel because of a lot of people in their congregation that have lost their jobs. So we pray for those churches and those people and know that God is always in control.

Kelli and the kids are doing great. Kailtlin is having a great year so far, she was a little nervous that this was her first year in high school, but she loves it and doing very well. Chase wishes he could be on the road with me and I wish he could, but he doesn’t really enjoy school like his sisters. I really wish a few things were different in life, then I would be able to have the whole family out with me all the time. Ryan is a little bit like Chase but does pretty good when he puts his mind to it. And Brooke LOVES kindergarten. She always pretends that she has homework like her big sister.

Kelli and I really appreciate those of you that have been praying for this ministry and for us. The financial situation that I shared on updates before has still not been resolved and we are approaching a strict deadline. The challenge is coming up with a large sum of money to cover a debt that is not ours or was not caused by us, but has become our responsibility. It is nothing that we were prepared for or anything that we planned, but it’s a huge task to over come because of our income. Kelli and I both work our tails off in this ministry, we put in a ton of hours each week to make things happen the way they do, so getting a part time job is not an option if we want to maintain this ministry at it’s current operation and with the doors that continue to open for us and the lives we have seen changed to date this year (over 375), we know we are doing exactly what we should. This whole situation is putting a huge amount of stress on us and if it’s not resolved by December, we may loose our house. Please pray that God will show us a way to resolve this, and pray for us as we deal with this challenge.

There is always a reason God puts things in our life. I want to learn from this experience and grow where and how I need to, but as a husband and a father, I want to resolve this now and provide for my family. God is in control and I know that, but I find that the waiting game is a very hard thing to do. Please pray !!!



Thanks for checking in,



What’s New September 30, 2011

Two updates in one month, that is not normal, but I thought I would get one more in before the schedule got crazy. As I said in my last update, we are hitting the studio and beginning a new CD. We will start on Thursday and hopefully finish half of the trumpet parts sometime on Friday. This project is not our normal kind of music. It is a collection of some old traditional hymns.

My father has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and has a limited time left with us. This new CD is a collection of his favorite songs that he himself picked. We have been very blessed by someone with a specific donation for this CD and it is an honor for me to do this for my father. Please pray that this whole project will come out soon, pray it will be a blessing to my dad and will be a sweet sound to Gods ears.

I mentioned a few months ago about a financial challenge placed before Kelli and I that was not our doing but has become our responsibility, well, we thought we were heading in a good direction but just haven’t gotten there yet. We have now been given a strict dead line and are feeling a lot of pressure from this right now.  Please, please pray with us to have this resolved very quickly. I know and have always known that God is in control, but as a human, it is very hard to sit back and wait sometimes.

I am so excited for what God is doing in the ministry with the schedule and in the concerts. We have seen over 350 people so far this year make decisions for Christ and its because of God’s Grace and you all praying for us on a regular basis. Please continue to help us out and come and see us when we are doing a concert close to you.


Thanks for checking in !!



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