They Give Election-Eve Warning to American Christians
By Bill Bray, Special to ASSIST News Service
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (ANS – October 19, 2016) — Howie and Debbie Campbell, a singer-songwriter team, have a message for American Christians. It’s an election-year plea but not about politics. In a miraculous musical tour, they have already taken it to the steps of all 50 state capitols — including Alaska and Hawaii.
And on November 7, the eve of the presidential elections, they are taking it to the US Capitol steps again. Their message has been subtle and disconcerting to mostly open-air audiences.
“It’s not that America has to repent,” says guitar-strumming folk-singer Howie Campbell, “it’s that American Christians, and the churches, have to repent; we believers must engage with God and truly seek His face.
“It is not about religion engaging with the culture, in fact it’s not about the culture at all. People think we’re traveling evangelists or revivalists. We’re not. We’ve been given a prophetic message and we present it sort of like Bob Dylan did in the ‘60s.
He added, “The only hope for America … to be ‘great’ again … is for believers to repent and return to God, to seek His face with all their heart and release their grip on this world and its goodies. The whole world knows that America is in a spiritual crisis. It’s up to American believers take seriously God’s directive in 2 Chronicles 7:14!”
Their musical odyssey has been a “miracle” says Debbie Campbell. They started out with only $20 in their pockets.
“We didn’t even have enough gas to make it to the next state capitol,” laughs Debbie, who lives and travels with her husband in the back of their Ford Transit cargo van.
On March 9, at the first stop on the morning they left Charlottesville, Virginia, a local businessman handed her long-haired husband an envelope because “I believe in what you’re doing.” Inside was an amazingly generous check. By sleeping in the van, it covered the frugal couple’s expenses for the first 10 capitols!
And so it has gone for the next nine months. They have sung, preached and prayed their way from one state to another — literally living from one day to the next, mostly on the donations of friends and strangers.
In many US capitols during their unusual miracle tour, they were welcomed by a handful of fans and friends of their unique “Americana” folk-jazz sound. Sometimes, small bands of believers would join them as they spoke and sang in the open-air.
So many women are curious that Debbie is writing a book about the 2016 Miracle Tour. Fans and friends of the Campbell’s can contact them at their website www.instagram.com/twohealthynomads
Note: To watch a promotional video about the tour, please go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y7EivnO0G0
Attention: Editors/Talk-Show Hosts: To book the Campbell’s as a guest, please call Caroline at 434-825-7619.
Photo captions: 1) The Campbell’s on the road with their instruments. 2) The couple outside the cargo van in which they live. 3) Howie Campbell in one of one of the homemade shirts his wife makes on the road for him. 4) Bill Bray.
About the writer: Bill Bray, 68, is an author and Christian journalist. Bray, and a retired foreign correspondent with Newsweek. He has worked over the years with ABC News, Reuters and several local newspapers. He is one of the leading champions of hospitality and outreach ministries to the 1.1 million overseas students now studying in the United States. He contributes frequently to ASSIST News Service and welcomes interaction with our readers. He can be contacted at: email@example.com.
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