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Dartt News! - October 5, 2018

Greetings Friends and Fans, 

It’s been a little over two months now, since our last concert on Sunday morning, July 15, 2018 in Willard, Missouri.

It’s time to let everyone know what’s happening with THE DARTTS.

Stoney has been enjoying driving for Lyft in the Nashville area and is doing well. It’s perfect for him, as he loves to drive and can set his own hours. This enables him to join BJ on some of his travels abroad. It also presents many opportunities to meet new people and talk with them about the Lord.

BJ is off to a great start with his travel agency, Where U Wanna Go Travel & Tours, booking tours and vacations all over the world for individuals, families, & groups. He has already completed a cruise to Alaska, a Mediterranean cruise, and is in Israel now beginning a Holy Land tour. Later - tours to Scotland & Ireland, to Norway, to Australia, a Caribbean cruise, a Hawaii cruise, and many more trips are upcoming. Book your travel today with Where U Wanna Go Travel & Tours online at www.whereuwannago.com or join the Where U Wanna Go group on Facebook. You can also contact him directly at BeejSpeer@msn.com or at (707)386-3909. BJ & Paula also have a family ministry website at www.BJSpeer.com .

Tracy and Sharon are at home. Sharon is busy taking care of Tracy, who is still wheelchair bound, but improving with therapy each week. He goes by ambulance to dialysis every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The Lord has provided miraculously for their financial needs, through friends, fans, and family, and an especially generous provision has been made by a church in Texas with multiple ministries. Praise God!!! We knew He would take care of us, and now we’re seeing it happen right before our eyes. We left the road ministry with no retirement in sight, but God’s retirement is the best.
Philippians 4:19 "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

People from the church we attend here in Tennessee have been helping us with home adjustments for Tracy’s needs, as well as meals and medical equipment. Our three sons and our daughter, and their families, have been helping with every need, as well as family get-togethers & celebrations. We’re so glad that we all live within a short distance from each other! The bus has been sold to a Gospel singer friend in Alabama. 

So many blessings!!! Too many to count! Of course, the desire of our hearts is for Tracy to regain his good health, so that we can still be used to minister as the Lord sees fit to use us. We do not know if it is part of God’s plan to have another kidney transplant. It is possible to have one on beyond 75 years of age, provided the individual's overall health is reasonably good, and a donor is available. Please keep us in our prayers for Tracy to be able to walk again and be able to minister once more. 

Thank you so much for your prayers on our behalf. God bless and keep you in His perfect will. Our love to all.

Tracy, Sharon, & Stone Dartt, & BJ Speer

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can designate it for Tracy & Sharon Retirement and;

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The Dartts
P.O. Box 422
Greenbrier, TN 37073

To be receipted, please clearly mark your check for THE DARTTS LOVE GIFT and mail to;

The Dartts
c/o Napa Valley Baptist Church
2303 Trower Ave.
Napa, CA 94558

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Dartt News! - Update from Tracy & Sharon - June 5, 2018

Update from Tracy & Sharon Dartt

 

Sunday Evening 

June 3, 2018

Tracy says:

 

I want to thank so many who have been praying for me. I’ve been progressing slowly, because of many health problems that have been corrected, since my back surgery on March 13 of this year. I walked 60 feet yesterday with assistance. Hopefully, (Lord Willing) I can be ready to go home in another 2 to 3 weeks. Please pray for that and that Sharon and I will find a new source of income, and that we can raise the money to pay off our debts and our home mortgage. Most of all, we pray that God will open new open doors of ministry here in Tennessee, and wherever He chooses to use us.

 

Monday Morning

June 4, 2018

Sharon adds:

 

MORE GOOD NEWS!!!

Tracy called to tell me that he just walked 188 feet, more than half the length of a football field! This was accomplished with a walker, a canvas strap around his waist (held by a therapist), and a wheelchair following behind him. A new milestone - not really on a football field, but a battlefield, none the less, in the halls of the rehab facility. Then lunch and off to dialysis!

 

AND A WONDERFUL FAMILY BLESSING!!!

We are blessed and thrilled to have become Great Grandparents! We welcomed our dear little Great Granddaughter, Amelia Dartt, into the world this past week. Congratulations to our Grandson, Taylor, and his wife, Lindsey, on becoming Parents... and to our Son, Don, & his wife, Debbie, on becoming Grandparents!!! We love you all!

 

Praise God!!!

 

We don’t know the future , but we’ve had many new beginnings over the years, and we know that God has another for us, just ahead. Thank you so much for lifting up the Dartts to the Lord, in your prayers - You are a vital part of our ministry … Every prayer, every smile, every word of encouragement, every person that has ever helped us in any way - God has made you part of us.


God bless you, and we thank you and thank God for you!

 

Tracy and Sharon Dartt


Tracy & Sharon Dartt (June 2018)

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can designate it for Tracy & Sharon Retirement and;

 

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or Mail a gift to;

 

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

To be receipted, please clearly mark your check for THE DARTTS LOVE GIFT and mail to;

 

The Dartts

c/o Napa Valley Baptist Church

2303 Trower Ave.

Napa, CA 94558

 

Otherwise, you can;

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DARTT NEWS - Prayers for Tracy - May 3, 2018

Prayers much appreciated for Tracy Dartt. In recent days we learned that his kidney has failed. (This is the kidney that was donated to him in a 2011 transplant) Following his March 13th spinal surgery, he has been back and forth between the hospital & the physical therapy rehab facility. He hasn’t been able to make much progress with physical therapy because of the other health issues he’s been having, including UTI, noroviris, & the fact that he’s had to begin regular dialysis treatments. Today’s report is that he’s hallucinating and is being sent back to the ER. It has been a constantly changing situation over the last several weeks & our family would greatly appreciate your prayers. 

Dartt News! - March Update - March 6, 2018

~The time is upon us for The Dartts’ final stretch of our final tour. This Friday (March 9) we will be heading out from Nashville to begin our Grand Finale - the final West Coast Tour. Currently we have 81 dates on our schedule that will have us singing in Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, & Missouri. It is a bittersweet time, but we very much look forward to dropping in one last time to see so many of you - our friends, fans, & family. 

 

~Tracy and Sharon are still off the road - indefinitely. We are sad to report that since our December update, Tracy has been dealing with severe and debilitating back pain because of a spinal issue that is putting pressure on a nerve. Just today (March 6) Tracy had his pre-op appointment & has been cleared for surgery this coming Tuesday, March 13th. We are praying, hoping, trusting, and believing for this procedure to be a complete success to relieve him of this horrible pain. Praise the Lord - Sharon, Stoney, & BJ are in excellent health.

 

~It looks like we have a buyer for the bus. We have had it up for sale since August & had hoped it would sell sooner than this so that we could get out from under the ongoing monthly payments. Lord willing, that time is coming right up.

 

~We need your continued prayers concerning all of these things… and also for safety on the road, provision for our needs, and guidance and direction as we make the big transition of coming off the road after 23 years of full-time touring. Please come on out and catch one of our concerts in your area & help spread the word to those you love who are in our forthcoming tour path. We’d love to sing our songs for you one more time!

 

Blessings!

The Dartts - Tracy, Sharon, Stoney, & BJ

 

update by Stoney

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can designate it for Tracy & Sharon Retirement and;

 

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or Mail a gift to;

 

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

To be receipted, please clearly mark your check for THE DARTTS LOVE GIFT and mail to;

 

The Dartts

c/o Napa Valley Baptist Church

2303 Trower Ave.

Napa, CA 94558

 

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

Dartt News! - December Update - December 14, 2017

Greetings to All Our Fans and Prayer Warriors!

 

Here’s a little Dartt News for you, just to let you know what’s been happening with us. 

 

~Tracy is off the road for an indefinite period. He has been fighting an infection, and has recently completed 4 weeks of very strong antibiotics. 

~His creatinine level is up, and his doctor has advised him to restrict his travel until it comes down, to avoid damage to his transplanted kidney. Please pray for Tracy’s creatinine to return to normal levels

~Tracy has been able to study quite a bit, over the past three years, taking advantage of his off road time. He has finally earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from American Bible College. He also received an Honorary Doctorate a few years ago….. SO, now he is a “paradox”. (Tee Hee)

  

~Stoney and BJ have been ministering in Oklahoma and Texas for the month of December, after spending most of November on tour in Florida. Sharon was with them in Florida for just ten days, and was very happy to be able to sing with them a few times before the whole crew headed home for a holiday rest. BJ and his mom, Paula, joined the Dartt family in a wonderful gathering of family and friends (and THREE turkeys) to celebrate Thanksgiving at home in Tennessee. :0) The boys have just a few more dates left to do in Texas before the 2017 tours come to completion. 

 

Please pray for Tracy’s health, our finances, for the bus to sell, and about the possibility of and provision for the release of future recording projects… Lord Willing. 

 

Thank you for your prayers, and we pray God’s Blessings on all of our friends and fans.

Merry Christmas from The Dartts!

Tracy, Sharon, Stoney, & BJ

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can designate it for Tracy & Sharon Retirement and;

 

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or Mail a gift to;

 

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

To be receipted, please clearly mark your check for THE DARTTS LOVE GIFT and mail to;

 

The Dartts

c/o Napa Valley Baptist Church

2303 Trower Ave.

Napa, CA 94558

 

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

DARTT NEWS! - THE FINAL TOUR - August 19, 2017

Greetings to our Friends, Fans, & Family!

It’s official. We have entered into our final 12 months of the full-time traveling ministry of The Dartts. “The Final Tour” - It’s bittersweet - As we think back on the wonderful years of traveling, touring, singing, fellowshipping, and meeting new friends - From Chula Vista, California, to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - From Boca Raton, Florida, to Victoria, British Columbia, and everywhere in between - We also look ahead with anticipation to what God has in store for us on the path ahead. We plan to bring our touring to a close at the end of July 2018. At that time we hope to stick closer to home. Stoney is hoping to work in film and television production with his brother, Don. BJ has already been busy laying the groundwork for Where U Wanna Go Travel - and while he finishes out the rest of the touring, his work as a travel agent has already become a reality. Tracy & Sharon are planning to have a preaching and singing ministry on a MUCH more limited basis  - No more 200 dates in 26 states in a year’s time. We do hope to continue writing music together and making an effort to get it into the hands of other artists… and who knows… you may even see more recordings from the family in the future. Stoney says, “A new Tracy Dartt solo album is WAY over due! Dad hasn’t put out a solo project since the early ’80’s!” With Tracy and Sharon having no retirement set aside after nearly 50 years of serving in ministry of one form or another, we would ask prayer that they’ll be able to get debt free by the end of 2018, and prayers for God’s provision in the coming years.

 

In the meantime, The Dartts continue touring with a very busy schedule that continues to fill up for the final 12-month stretch. Stoney and BJ are now in the midst of The Dartts’ final tour in New England and Canada - with 26 dates left to sing before they get back home to recharge for a tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

 

Tracy and Sharon had hoped to join the boys for the final New England/Canada tour - but it just wasn’t meant to be. Tracy is still recuperating and strengthening at home after a terrible bout of ill health earlier this year dealing with dehydration, norovirus, a torn rotator cuff, and an infection so severe that early on - the doctors thought he had septicemia. After much prayer cover from our friends around the globe - Tracy has come a long way in his recovery. We hope to get He and Sharon returned to the road soon - possibly in late September or October. Please continue to pray regarding Tracy’s health - That both he and Sharon might be able to be part of as much of the touring as is possible.  We know that it’s the prayers of God’s people that have kept us going thus far!

 

MAJOR PRAISE!!! In June, we had a $5,000 gift come in which allowed us to make the final payoff of our outstanding balance on the big bus engine rebuild episode that transpired Aug ’16 - Jan ’17. We cannot express enough how blessed, appreciative, and thankful we are to all of you who gave and gave and prayed and prayed! We absolutely could not have done it without your help & God’s blessing!!!

 

Stoney and BJ launched out with the bus and had a great tour out to the west coast and back. The tour began in March and ended in July and they sang 72 dates across 11 states. The bus had multiple issues along the way - to the tune of about $6,000 worth of breakdowns, towing, repairs, & maintenance including 6 new tires, a new starter, new U-joints, 4 new batteries, sewer trap repairs, electrical repairs, & multiple a/c repairs. A few days before the boys arrived home, we all began a conversation about the burden the bus has become financially - and after praying for the Lord’s direction, we made the decision to empty out the bus, get it cleaned up, and list it for sale. This is another pivotal moment for us - we’ve had this bus for 12 years - we put more than 300,000 miles on it - and this will be the first time we’ve been without a bus since December of 1996. It’s a big step for us, but we believe it’s the best thing to do now. We will switch modes completely over to carrying out the rest of our tours in our minivan and staying in hotels. We’ve had our current minivan for almost 3 years now - it has about 67,000 miles on it and - haha - it will be needing a set of tires soon. That’s the way it goes when traveling is your life. So, another pair of prayer requests - Please pray for a successful sale of the bus (current auction listing ends Tuesday night, Aug 22nd) - that we will hopefully get more for it than what our bus loan payoff is - And please pray for the minivan to be blessed and have longevity as we rack up the miles on it.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read our updates! Thank you for your prayers! Make sure to come on out and see us at our singing stops for The Dartts - The Final Tour! 

 

There’ll be more updates to come!

God Bless!

The Dartts

Tracy, Sharon, Stone Dartt, & BJ Speer

 

update by Stone & Tracy

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can designate it for Tracy & Sharon Retirement and;

 

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or Mail a gift to;

 

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

To be receipted, please clearly mark your check for THE DARTTS LOVE GIFT and mail to;

 

The Dartts

c/o Napa Valley Baptist Church

2303 Trower Ave.

Napa, CA 94558

 

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

Tracy Update - May 3, 2017

Tracy is home from the hospital! Please keep praying for a good full recovery! Thanks!

Dartt News - Tracy in the Hospital! - May 1, 2017

Today is Tracy's 5th day in the hospital since he was taken by ambulance late Wednesday night. It's his 8th day in the hospital since the beginning of this episode of falling ill on Thursday April 20. His doctor has decided to keep him at least 1 more day. They are treating him for a number of things right now, so there's a lot of medication - and resulting side effects - which make the hospital a good place for Tracy to be until things are more balanced out. He's been complaining of shoulder pain for a while so doctors did an MRI to find he has some torn ligaments. Even with so much going on, Tracy & Sharon are in good spirits & thankful to be where Tracy can be treated by his own home doctors. Thanks for continued prayers!

Dartt News! - Update from Tracy - February 11, 2017

Dartt News! - Update From Tracy

     January and February have been a slow start to the year for us. We had a difficult time scheduling our usual Florida tour. However, we are doing well - all 4 of us (Tracy, Sharon, Stone, and BJ) are on the road and we’ve had 7 people saved so far. The schedule for the rest of the year is filling up rapidly - 166 concerts set so far.

     THE BUS - has been repaired and is parked at home. We have a small electrical issue we hope to have fixed before we leave for our tour to the west coast that begins March 10.

     THE BILL - Praise God, we have raised over $20,000 toward the engine repair. We have just under $7,500 left to go. We are asking the Lord to provide the last of it before our west coast tour is finished. So many of our friends and fans around the country have responded. It is predominately individuals who have given toward the repair - from the little retired grandmother in Florida who gave $5… to the ranch folk in northern California who sent a little over $2,000… God has laid it on the hearts of so many people to help us, and we are truly thankful.

     DEBBIE DARTT MINISTRIES - Our daughter-in-law, Debbie Dartt, now has her own television ministry on the NRBTV network - Tuesday mornings at 11:30am Eastern. It is a terrific program with great and powerful content. Don’t miss it!

 

The Dartts - Tracy, Sharon, Stoney, and BJ

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the Bus Repair Fund and;

 

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or Mail a gift to;

 

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

Dartt News! - Update from Stoney - January 4, 2017

Dartt News! - Update From Stoney

 

     Happy New Year! As we look forward to what God has in store for us this year we’ve been very much enjoying time at home with family and friends. We’ve reflected on God’s blessings in 2016 - the fact that we were blessed to have 176 bookings in 25 states and 3 Canadian provinces - seeing 172 people acknowledge that they made a decision for Christ! Our daily needs have been met… we’ve been protected by God’s hand every step of the way as we’ve traveled tens of thousands of miles through the year… and we’ve experienced the blessings of God countless times. We’ve anticipated what is ahead in 2017 as the bookings are now coming in at a steady pace and we’ve got a strong schedule, especially from March onward. 

     We got the good news that the engine work on the bus has been finished and the mechanic’s test drive went well. We’ve seen some funds come in over the last month and we are now looking at right around $11,000 that we need in designated funds to be able to make the final payment on the repair so that we can pick up the bus. It is essential that we have the bus back in our possession in time for our tour to the Pacific coast that begins the 2nd week of March. Please pray with us and for us regarding this great need and consider prayerfully if you would be able to have a part in helping the ministry of The Dartts. We know our Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills… and we know that all things are possible with Him. We are thanking God in advance for the folks out there that He has in mind, whose hearts will be touched to help meet the need… and we pray that the gifts that are given will be returned and multiplied!

     We pray God’s blessings for each and every one of you in this brand new year… that your needs be met… your hurts be healed… and that you find what it is the Lord has for you to do to further His work and His Kingdom. Here’s hoping that we see all of you at one or more of our concerts in our forthcoming 2017 travels!

 

The Dartts - Tracy, Sharon, Stoney, and BJ

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the Bus Repair Fund and;

 

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or Mail a gift to;

 

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

Dartt News! - Update from Tracy - December 8, 2016

     We are in Texas with a day off. We're staying right on Lake Palestine in the Tyler area. It's wet and chilly. Even the ducks look cold out on the water. We just finished a snack of queso dip and chips. The queso was made with 2% milk Velveeta and the chips were lightly salted. That makes it health food!

 

Bus News:

 

     The repair shop in South Carolina says the engine remanufacture job on our bus should be completed early next week. We won't, however, be able to pick it up until we can pay the balance of the repair bill in full. We paid them one half ($14,400) three weeks ago in order to get the job underway. Another $2,000 in donations has come in since. That leaves us a little over $12,000 left to raise. Please pray with us that the finances will come in soon, and that we can pick up the bus soon after the Christmas break. 

 

     We certainly are looking forward to the Holidays at home with family. Almost all of our family are now living in Tennessee and we’re very glad that BJ’s Mom, Paula, lives close by too. May this Christmas be Merry and Joyful for all of our Family, Friends, & Fans, and for our Churches across the United States and Canada and our dear missionaries across the globe!

 

God bless and keep you.

 

The Dartts - Tracy, Sharon, Stoney, and BJ

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the Bus Repair Fund and;

 

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or Mail a gift to;

 

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

UPDATE FROM TRACY - November 4, 2016

BILLY SPEER:
BILLY SPEER:

…Our dear and beloved friend, BJ Speer's Dad went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 25. His funeral service was held in Springfield, Tennessee, one week later on November 1. The service was a wonderful tribute to a blessed servant of the Lord. Billy was such a great singer and blessed the hearts of untold thousands of people with his singing. Please be in prayer for BJ and his mother, Paula, as they deal with Billy's passing.

TRACY & SHARON:

…Are back on the road after nearly 5 months of being home as Tracy was recovering from what we believe was a bad reaction to a prescription he was given to prevent getting valley fever on The Dartts' west coast tour in spring 2016. His health decline culminated with a 7 day hospital stay upon arriving home in Nashville during the latter half of May. We are happy to report that Tracy's latest test results from the doctor are the best he's had since before the west coast tour. Tracy & Sharon's readiness for returning to the road couldn't come at a better time as BJ will be taking some necessary time off the road to be with his Mom until the end of November. Sharon says, “We are thankful & appreciative for being able to get back on the road again!”

THE BUS:

…Is still in the repair shop in South Carolina, but there is good news. The shop discounted the repair estimate everywhere they could and quoted us a new total of $28,000. That is $10,000 less than the original estimate. We are praying that a few thousand dollars over that amount will come in from donations as there are some other outstanding repairs that have been needing to be done. The shop also told us that when we are able to pay the first half of the total, they will go ahead and do the week-long repair job to completion. That way, as soon as we raise the other half, the bus will be ready to get in and go. Just within the last few days we’ve had several donations come in that bring our donation total to just over $14,300, so after the weekend we plan on sending the first half of the repair payment… which means that the job should be done before Thanksgiving. Most of our donations have come from individuals, but a few churches are beginning to respond to a letter our home church sent out on our behalf in late October. Our prayer is to have the bus back in our possession before the end of the year. We are piling up the miles on our minivan in the meantime, and feeling the crunch of hotel expenses.

OUR TOUR SCHEDULE:

…is filling up nicely for 2017, with the exception of January and February. We’re having difficulty booking Florida dates during that time. Please pray they will open up for us. March, April, May, & June are booked solid. We have about 110 dates scheduled in 2017 so far in 20 states and 3 provinces of Canada.

 Thank you for your support & your prayers. God Bless!

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the Bus Repair Fund and;

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

or Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

UPDATE FROM STONEY: BUS NEEDS AN ENGINE - August 30, 2016

  Today marks 4 weeks since Stone Dartt & BJ Speer left out on The Dartts’ tour to New England and the Canadian Maritimes. Tomorrow will mark 4 weeks since the bus broke down near Asheville, North Carolina - it was then towed 61 miles to a repair shop in Greer, South Carolina, where it currently sits as we await the funds necessary to get it fixed. We are fortunate that we have our minivan to tour in during this time, & we’ve been blessed to have a place to stay at Living Waters Bible Camp in Danforth, Maine. Over the next week, this will help us to save on hotels on some of the nights in between concerts. Although it’s been more than 2 & 1/2 weeks since our last update, we’ve known since August 12th that OUR BUS ENGINE WILL HAVE TO BE REPLACED OR REBUILT. We were hoping for a simpler fix, but that just isn’t the case. Our delay in putting out an update has been due to the fact that we have been out of the country, we’ve been busy, and we’ve been searching out our options & trying to get the most realistic estimate of what our repair costs are going to be.

 

  Right after our last update, the diesel techs at the repair shop pulled the head off of the engine to inspect the damage and get to the bottom of things. They found that the number 3 cylinder has broken apart so badly that “you can look right through it and see into the oil pan” (you mechanics out there might appreciate the meaning of this more than the rest of us). Additionally, pieces of metal have already made their way into the engine intake. Therefore, we are told, enough damage has been done that WE MUST EITHER REPLACE OR REBUILD THE BUS ENGINE. CURRENTLY THE REPAIR ESTIMATE STANDS AT $38,000.00. This total includes the $4,205.00 that we currently owe for the work that’s already been done in addition to the tow.

 

  At this point, the availability of finances to cover the bill will be the thing that determines how quickly the job gets done. Currently, the repair work is at a standstill until the finances come in to cover the costs of the job. Any donations are greatly needed & greatly appreciated. So far we have received a total of $3,262.00 in donations. Our thanks to the 21 individuals and 1 church who have felt led to help financially so far!!

 

     Thank you for your support & your prayers. God Bless!

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the Bus Repair Fund and;

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or

 

Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

UPDATE FROM STONEY: BUS REPAIR - August 11, 2016

It’s been a whole week now since The Dartts’ newly begun NorthEast tour had to switch gears from bus mode to minivan mode because of a major bus breakdown we had in South Carolina. We’ve enjoyed our time at Living Waters Bible Camp this week here in Danforth, Maine. It’s been a time of catching up on some rest in between meetings & enjoying fellowship with friends, and we’ve really enjoyed the messages this week from Dr. Chris Gnanakan. Tomorrow will complete our meetings for this week of camp, and then Saturday we’ll be heading into New Brunswick & Nova Scotia, Canada for 7 concerts over the next week. After we get back into the States, we have another 17 dates before we hope to return home to Nashville on September 19th. We’re hoping the bus repairs will be done & paid for by then so that we can travel down to South Carolina & bring the bus home before we are scheduled to return to the road on September 28th. 

 

Some serious bus-repair work began getting underway on our bus last night at the repair shop in South Carolina. I spoke with the shop this afternoon to find that the diesel technicians were able to get the top of the engine opened up & SO FAR they’ve found that we have 1 broken injector tip, multiple loose injector bolts, and 1 dropped exhaust valve. The next step will be to take the head off of the engine & inspect it top to bottom - inside and out to see if there is further breakage or damage. The CURRENT RUNNING TALLY on the bill, including the tow-truck, the work that’s been done so far, and including taking the head off to inspect it… is $4,205.00. We expect that it will cost AT LEAST another $2,200.00 in labor just to put the engine back together when the repairs are made… PLUS the cost of whatever parts have to be replaced before it’s time to put it all back together. 

 

At this point, the availability of finances to cover the bill will be the thing that determines how quickly the job gets done. When we run out of money, the shop will have to box up all the parts & pull the bus out into the lot until more finances come in. Any donations are greatly needed & greatly appreciated. So far we have received a total of $1,650 in donations & commitments for another $350. Our thanks to the 10 individuals who have felt led to help financially so far!!

 

     Thank you for your support & your prayers. God Bless!

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the Bus Repair Fund and;

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or

 

Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

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Update from Stoney - Bus Break Down - August 5, 2016

UPDATE FROM STONEY: BUS BREAK DOWN

     Well, the last 24 hours has definitely been crazy. I had barely posted yesterday’s update on Facebook when we were thrown a major curveball. We had already pre-paid for a night’s stay in a hotel in Greenville, SC & we’d just picked up a small rental car for a day or two when we got the news. It turns out that our break down was not caused by our engine turbo unit. Upon inspection of the turbo unit, the mechanic found that it appeared to be just fine. This means that the repair shop will have to take our bus engine apart to determine what the actual problem is. As soon as we heard this bit of bad news we knew that things had just gotten more complicated & that this was not a repair that was going to be completed this week. So immediately we shifted to “plan b”. We took a loss on the hotel cost & headed to the airport to drop off the rental car we had just picked up. We then picked up a one-way minivan rental from the airport & headed back to the bus to load the minivan up with everything that we’ll need to do our 7 week tour to New England & the maritime provinces of Canada. We had a safe journey home & arrived in the Nashville area at about 10pm. This morning we transferred everything from the rental van to our own minivan & then we were off to return the rental van to the Nashville airport. We’ve just about got everything repacked now to throw our luggage into the van Saturday morning when we’ll be heading out on tour to head for Danforth, Maine, where we’ll start a week of meetings at Living Waters Bible Camp. We had to make the call today to cancel another date - our Sunday night concert that was to be in East Wilton, Maine. Our apologies to the folks in Hartsville, SC, Linwood, PA, & East Wilton, ME, who were inconvenienced by our cancellations this week. We appreciate your understanding spirit.

     I was told today by the repair shop that the job to take the head off of our engine is an 8 hour job, and taking that into account, we are looking at about $2,700 worth of work just to get the engine apart to find out what the problem is. It will be only then that we will be given some ballpark estimate as to how much the entire repair cost will end up being… and of course that doesn’t include the $980 tow bill, the costs of getting back home to pick up our minivan, or the loss of income from the 3 concerts we’ve had to cancel. So far we have received a total of $1,250 in donations & commitments for another $350. Our thanks to the 8 individuals who have felt led to help financially so far!!

     Please continue to pray for our situation. Thanks & God Bless!

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the Bus Repair Fund and;

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or

 

Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

BUS BREAK DOWN: - August 3, 2016

Please be in prayer for The Dartts. As Tracy & Sharon are at home in Nashville with Tracy still recuperating from his recent illness - Stoney & BJ left out on a 7 week tour Tuesday evening, stopping over in Lenoir City, TN to have a tire put on the bus and get some sleep. Today (Wednesday) at about 12:30pm Eastern time, while driving through the Asheville, NC area, white clouds of smoke started billowing from the rear of the bus (engine area). Stoney pulled over quickly to the road shoulder & ran back - fire extinguisher in hand - to find out what the problem was. While there was no fire (Praise the Lord) it appears that the oil seals in the engine turbo unit have let loose rendering the bus un-driveable. We are praying that the engine is not blown. Stoney & BJ are safe on the side of the road and waiting to hear news of a tow truck being dispatched. It will be necessary to tow the bus to a repair shop that is trained to repair Detroit Diesel engines - approximately 61 miles tow to Greer, SC. The Dartts' Wednesday night concert in Hartsville, SC has been cancelled, & the concert scheduled for Friday night in Linwood, PA is now in jeopardy. Prayers and donations would be greatly appreciated, as it is quite likely that this will be a costly repair.

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the Bus Repair Fund and;
Send a payment through PAYPAL to;
thedartts@msn.com

or

Mail a gift to;
The Dartts
P.O. Box 422
Greenbrier, TN 37073

Otherwise, you can;
Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

Prayer Request - July 18, 2016

We are praying today for good results as Tracy Dartt heads to the doctor to have a test done that will give us an update on the health of his kidney. We are hoping for test results that show a rebound of his kidney health in the aftermath of his recent illness. Prayers appreciated! We should get results in the coming days.

DARTT NEWS! - TRACY'S HEALTH - June 8, 2016

     With just 4 and a half weeks and 26 concerts left of The Dartts’ 2016 West Coast Tour it has become necessary to change gears a bit. 3 and a half weeks ago, Tracy and Sharon Dartt flew home to Nashville. Originally, they had been scheduled to go home 1 week later, but Tracy’s health had been on a noticeable decline for weeks and it got bad enough that a decision had to be made to get him back to his home doctors as soon as possible. Tracy and Sharon arrived in Nashville on Monday, May 16 and Tracy was immediately taken into the hospital to figure out what the problems were. His metabolic numbers were all over the place and it didn’t take too long before finding out that he had an infection that had made its way into Tracy’s kidney. Treatment progressed well and Tracy was sent home 5 days later, although just a few days after he was released, Tracy had to be rushed back to the hospital via ambulance because of further complications. During this 2nd hospital stay, the doctors found that there were some serious medication conflicts going on, and after 2 days he was sent home again with some major changes to his meds. We are already seeing some positive results from the new changes, but there is much physical recovering that still needs to be done due to the fact that Tracy’s health had depleted so much and he had lost much of his strength and stability due to the illness.

     The doctors are now keeping an eye on Tracy’s creatinine level, which has remained slightly elevated, and in addition, it has become necessary for him to get treatment for a couple of small skin spots that were pre-cancerous - and he’s been scheduled for 2 separate cataract surgeries to be completed next week. While Tracy has been experiencing all of this, Sharon is in good health, but she has been scheduled for oral surgery and procedures to get some dental issues taken care of over the next couple of months. Needless to say, this means that Tracy and Sharon will definitely remain off the road until August at least. 

     The ministry of The Dartts will continue as Stone Dartt and BJ Speer will carry on and finish out the remainder of the West Coast Tour and beyond until Tracy regains his health and strength and Sharon recovers from her oral surgeries. Please continue to pray for the ministry of The Dartts and for the Dartt and Speer families.

 

Check out The Dartts tour schedule on our website at www.darttmusic.com/calendar.html, and come see us when we're in your area.

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can;

 

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or

 

Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover, or to find out how to make a tax-deductible donation.

Dartt News! - Update from Tracy - December 19, 2015

Well, the year is quickly coming to an end. The time seems to pass so fast when so much is happening. The Dartts’ schedule has been full. We’ve enjoyed the lower fuel prices to be sure - We have so much to be thankful for! We will finish the year (Lord willing) having done 196 dates in 25 states, 3 provinces of Canada, & 1 Gospel Caribbean Cruise. So far this year we have seen over 230 salvation decisions - Praise the Lord!

Tracy has been well - He and Sharon haven’t missed a single concert this year. No hospital stays. We had only minimal bus repairs. We’ve written a lot of new music and have been in the studio multiple times doing recording for a new album project, “The Colors Of Another World” - due out in early 2016 - The album will consist of 11 brand new songs & 1 new recording of a classic Tracy & Sharon Dartt song, “Glory Hallelujah”. The variety of music styles is broader than any album we’ve done before - featuring a polka, a cowboy song, a 1930’s style song, a Latin style song, an Asian style song, an old English style song, a broadway style song, plus Southern Gospel and Contemporary songs. As always - every song has a scriptural message. The project is more than 75% done and we’ve invested about $15,000 so far. We will need about another $4,000 to complete the project.

Tracy & Sharon’s daughter and her family have just moved to Tennessee. That means that all of the kids and grandkids are living close by now - with the exception of 1 grandchild who recently joined the Airforce. 

By popular request we have released a new CD - a collection of all 12 of The Dartts’ Cowboy songs called “Songs Along The Trail”. It is available now by phone order & will soon be available online. Call 707-688-9762 to order today!

Please keep us in your prayers. Merry Christmas to you from The Dartts! We hope to see you in 2016!

Tracy Dartt - Sharon Dartt - Stone Dartt - BJ Speer

 

Check out our tour schedule on our website at www.darttmusic.com/calendar.html, and come see us when we're in your area.

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the New Bus Fund, the New Recording Fund, or otherwise - and;

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

or

Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

LYRICALLY SPEAKING - September 22, 2015

“Seek First The Kingdom”

 

Seek first the Kingdom and all things will find their place. Seek first the Lord and all His righteousness - And seek His holy face - Then the world and all it’s treasures will just strangely fade and dim - And you’ll find true peace within when you seek first the Kingdom.

 

When I look back upon my life - Like running through the pages of an open book - I see the things God used to bring me to a place of peace - And I’m a little bit ashamed of just how long it took - And when I stop to realize the years that I had wasted on things that will not stand the test of fire - I pray, “Dear God, forgive me - and make my one desire to seek first the Kingdom.”

 

Seek first the Kingdom and all things will find their place. Seek first the Lord and all His righteousness - And seek His holy face - Then the world and all it’s treasures will just strangely fade and dim - And you’ll find true peace within when you seek first the Kingdom.

 

I had dreams and I had plans - Was the center of my world - ’Til Jesus Christ came in - Became my Savior and my Lord. He brought new meaning to my life. All things become new - And this I know - My God will see you through when you seek first the Kingdom…

 

And all things will find their place. Seek first the Lord and all His righteousness - And seek His holy face - Then the world and all it’s treasures will just strangely fade and dim - And you’ll find true peace within when you seek first the Kingdom.

 

copyright Dartt Music 2012

 

“Seek First The Kingdom”

words and music by Tracy G. Dartt - bridge by Donald T Dartt

 

from “The God On The Mountain Legacy - Music From The Motion Picture” album

 

Available on CD & Digital Download at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thegodonthemountainlegac

LYRICALLY SPEAKING - September 15, 2015

“All Things”

 

They say in back of every cloud there is a silver lining. They say that in the darkest night - Somewhere the stars are shining. Some things in life may not turn out the way you thought they should - But all things for this child of God will work out for the good.

 

God said that all things work together for good. To those that love Him - He promised they would. So if you’re troubled - Remember God’s Word - That all things work for the good of those that love the Lord.

 

I find my day seems brighter when I call on God above - To ask Him for His blessing and to thank Him for His love. I may not dot my “i’s” just right - Cross “t’s” the way I should - But all things for this child of God will work out for the good.

 

God said that all things work together for good. To those that love Him - He promised they would. So if you’re troubled - Just remember God’s Word - That all things work for the good of those that love the Lord.

 

 

copyright Dartt Music 1997

 

“All Things”

words and music by Tracy G. Dartt

 

from The Dartts “Gloryland” album

 

Available on CD & Digital Download at http://cdbaby.com/cd/dartts6

Soundtrack available on CD & Digital Download at http://cdbaby.com/dartts15

Also available on iTunes and through other digital retailers.

GlorylandGloryland (SOUNDTRACKS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LYRICALLY SPEAKING - September 8, 2015

LYRICALLY SPEAKING

 

“Glad Reunion Day”

 

Don’t weep for me. Don’t shed a tear. Don’t even breathe a sigh. For I’ll be gone to the place they call “sweet bye & bye” - And the toil and tears, the pain and sorrow - For me will all be passed - And the place that Jesus made for me will be my home at last.

 

On glad reunion day - When heaven’s gates you’ll find - You will see Jesus there with outstretched arms - And I will be right behind. Life’s trials will all be passed. All tears shall be wiped away - And we will meet again - No more to part - On Glad reunion day.

 

So long ago the Savior died to wash our sins away - And that is why our heavenly home is promised us today. There’s just a few more trials and a few more mountains left for us to climb. Though there be “goodbye” - My friend, don’t cry. Look forward to that time.

 

On glad reunion day - When heaven’s gates you’ll find - You will see Jesus there with outstretched arms - And I will be right behind. Life’s trials will all be passed. All tears shall be wiped away - And we will meet again - No more to part - On Glad reunion day.

 

 

copyright Dartt Music 2002

 

“Glad Reunion Day”

words and music by Tracy G. Dartt

 

from The Dartts “Shed A Little Light” album

 

Available on CD & Digital Download at http://cdbaby.com/cd/dartts3

Soundtrack available on CD & Digital Download at http://cdbaby.com/cd/dartts14

Also available on iTunes and through other digital retailers.

Shed A Little LightShed A Little Light (SOUNDTRACKS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LYRICALLY SPEAKING - September 1, 2015

“It Comes As No Surprise”

 

The road’s been long, the traveling hard. Some places were rough along the way. The mountains were steep, the rivers were wide, and still it goes on day after day. And just when it seems that the end is in sight - the thing that you hoped for so long - Here comes another mountain. Here comes another trial. Here comes another sad, sad song.

 

But it comes as no surprise to the One Who hears you pray. To the One Who said He’d never leave you or forsake you on your way. He was there when you first began. He’ll be with you until the end. Don’t you realize - in the Father’s eyes - that it comes as no surprise.

 

He guided you through - one day at a time - provided your need - each step that you take. He lifted you up when the world let you down. His love never failed - make no mistake. Though sometimes it seems like the end is in sight - it’s not over ’til He takes us home. There may be another mountain - there may be another trial - but remember when you sing your song…

 

That it comes as no surprise to the One Who hears you pray. To the One Who said He’d never leave you or forsake you on your way. He was there when you first began. He’ll be with you until the end. Don’t you realize - in the Father’s eyes - that it comes as no surprise.

 

copyright Dartt Music 1996

 

“It Comes As No Surprise”

words and music by Tracy G. Dartt

 

from The Dartts “Shine On Me” album

 

Available on CD & Digital Download at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dartts7

Soundtrack available on CD & Digital Download at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dartts16

Also available on iTunes and through other digital retailers.

SHINE ON ME

SHINE ON ME (SOUNDTRACKS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW SOUNDTRACKS ALBUM RELEASED TODAY! - August 26, 2015

RELEASED TODAY!

The Dartts “Get Up And Get Your Shoes On” (SOUNDTRACKS) Digital Album! All 13 performance tracks from the “Get Up And Get Your Shoes On” album are now available for digital download! Download the entire SOUNDTRACKS album now for $9.99! Now YOU can sing these songs yourself, whether in church, at the fair, or in the comfort of your own home, car, or shower! Songs like “The Little Gray House With The Clothesline”, “You Gotta Serve The Lord”, “Before Sundown”, “The Name Above Every Name”, “With Him”, “Dusty Road”, “The Rest Of Your Life”, and many more! So get up and get your copy of the “Get Up And Get Your Shoes On” (SOUNDTRACKS) album today! Available NOW on CDBABY through THIS LINK & available soon on iTunes! Individual tracks also available for 99 cents each.

CLICK HERE TO SEE IT NOW!

Happy 4th of July! - July 4, 2015

Spending our 4th of July in the Boise area - the air conditioners in the bus striving to keep up with the 102 degree heat outside... Got some Panda Express take-out & spending several hours working on new songs for a new recording! 9 days 'til we hit the studio to record the first half of the instrumental tracks! We've had one donation so far for $1,500 toward the recording. That's a little less than a tenth of what we'll need to do the entire project. Some great new songs we're working on, including a new polka & a wonderful new song from Sharon called "The Colors of Another World", plus many others! Please pray for finances to be provided & have a happy 4th!
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