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Dartt News! - Update from Tracy & Sharon - March 21, 2019

NEWS FROM TRACY & SHARON DARTT!!!

As some of you know, Back in late December 2018, Tracy was admitted to the hospital in Nashville with a very low pulse, due to an infection. He was transferred to a rehabilitation facility after 10 days. While in the rehab, he had 2+ hours a day of therapy, and gained considerable strength in his feet and legs. Tracy had to spend Christmas, New Years, and his 75th birthday (Jan. 23) away from home. We left the Christmas tree up through February, and we're still drinking from the special Christmas cups.

Upon returning home the last day of January, Tracy was assigned two new home therapists, each to have two sessions a week. As of mid-February he was able to walk a distance of 15 ft using a walker, with the therapist helping, & by mid-March was up to 55 feet. This is a giant “step” for Tracy, who has not walked since his kidney transplant failed in May of last year. Needless to say, this opens a whole new world of possibilities for Tracy, and we are most grateful for his progress - a very obvious answer to the prayers of many people. Our thanks to all of you who bring us before God’s throne, and we humbly ask for your continued prayers on our behalf.

Many of you are aware of our son, Stoney’s, recent diagnosis of stage-4 neuroendocrine cancer of the pancreas & liver. Please keep him in your prayers, as he seeks God’s direction about doctors, treatment options, and financial challenges. He will continue to post detailed updates on our website & on the Facebook pages of The Dartts & his own Stone Mountain Dartt Facebook page.

BJ Speer, our 4th member, had a serious health scare as well dealing with vasculitis in late January & for a time could barely walk - even with a walker, but he has since recovered quite well, THANK GOD!!!

Words fail to express our appreciation for all of the cards, prayers, and financial help that has been poured out by loving pastors and friends all over the country. God bless each and every one of you that has had a part in the ministry of The Dartts. You are a blessing to our family!

Tracy and Sharon Dartt

Dartt News! - Stone Dartt's Health - February 6, 2019

Greetings, praying friends! There’s a lot going on & a lot to process right now. Over the weekend & leading up to my PET/CT scan Monday morning & the subsequent visit to the oncologist in the afternoon there was a lot of wondering about what more they might find. When I found out the scan would be from the top of my head down nearly to my knees you can imagine my mind went wild with all the possible areas to find cancer. I tried to remain calm & trust & be patient… “be still and know”.

Several hours later the verdict came in from the oncologist after he took time to look over the findings. The only surprises were that I apparently do NOT have cancer in the duodenum colon as I was originally told at the first hospital I went to back on January 9th. I do have the 10 masses in my liver & at least 1 mass in my pancreas, & I’m told that the lymph nodes behind the pancreas “lit up” a bit in the image as well, meaning there are cancer cells present. It was a relief that nothing else was found, & a relief to know my intestine/colon are cancer free… though the lymph nodes sound a bit on the scary side. I’ll be getting more clarification on that soon hopefully. What I have is not considered curable by the medical community. For those who aren’t aware, my diagnosis is a chronic low-grade neuroendocrine carcinoma (cancer) affecting the pancreas & liver. The oncologist feels that this is not something that will cause my “immediate demise”… he says some people live for years with it… & it tends to become more problematic & exhibit more troublesome symptoms over time. I’m told the liver is inoperable due to the fact of the multitude & sizes of the liver tumors. In my present condition, there’s only one type of medication available - one that only treats symptoms - & the jury is still out on whether I need it right now. I’ve been offered participation in a research study, but for now I’ve decided not to take part as it would completely up-end my life for only a 7-10% chance of tumor shrinkage. I’d much rather spend my time & efforts in dedicating myself to healthy living & diet with the hope of trying to reverse tumor growth.
All that being said, today is a good day. I feel well & good. Day by day I’m seeing some varied progress against the retched C-Diff bug I’ve been fighting. Making dietary changes, watching the symptoms, and treating with a probiotic & a high-potency manuka honey which has shown some promise. I’ll be finished with my 2nd round of antibiotics tomorrow (Thursday) & then hopefully I can begin the process of building back my gut bacteria. I expect to be off work through the end of the month in order to get plenty of rest, to regain my physical strength & get my immune system strong again, and to get some new lifestyle routines in place.

 

I am so very thankful that I don’t have to go through what I’m going through without the wonderful blessings of so many of you who have shared words of encouragement, prayer coverage, & financial assistance to help with the mountain of medical & living expenses in the face of being presently unable to work. I cannot thank you enough! Blessings to you all!

Many have felt led to give a gift of financial help & others have asked how they can do the same...
The fundraiser link is still active on my Stone Mountain Dartt Facebook page.
Mailed gifts can be made payable and sent to:
Stone Dartt
PO Box 422
Greenbrier, TN 37073
Thanks again!
Stoney

Dartt News! - Stone Dartt's Health - February 3, 2019

Thanks to my prayer warriors! Tomorrow morning (Monday Feb 4) is a big one. At 7am I’ll be having a gallium-68 dotatate PET/CT scan to find out how active my cancer tumors are & I suppose to catch any others that might not have shown up in the conventional CT scan I had at the onset of all this. This is a much more effective type of scan & yields a much higher quality image. As I mentioned in an earlier post, this technology has only been available in Nashville for a little more than a year, so I guess there's never been a better time to be dealing with my type of diagnosis.

I’m very thankful for the many gifts that have been given to help... some from individuals, some from families, some from my own family members, some from church congregations. From gift checks mailed directly to me & through my Facebook fundraiser link I've had gifts sent in from friends & family in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, & from Canadian friends in New Brunswick! (if I missed any there, please forgive me!) Every gift is much appreciated & much needed as I do not know how soon I will be able to work (due to the fact that my very difficult struggle with C-Diff infection still continues) & the Medical costs are adding up. Tomorrow’s test alone will be $3,120... and that price is taking into account the 89% discount I am blessed to be receiving.

I’m in good spirits & I feel a calming peace about the whole situation. I know so many of you are covering me with prayer... it’s evident. So many have given their wonderful & encouraging comments & messages & that, too, has been a wonderful blessing. 

I should have more news tomorrow (Monday) night or the next morning. 

Many have felt led to give a gift of financial help & others have asked how they can do the same... 
The fundraiser link is still active on my Facebook page.
Mailed gifts can be made payable and sent to:

Stone Dartt
PO Box 422
Greenbrier, TN 37073

Bless you all!
Stoney

Dartt News! - Stone Dartt's Health - January 25, 2019

14 days plus a few hours or so ago from right now - I had received my discharge papers at the hospital & changed back into my “civilian” clothes. I put on my fedora too. It had been beautiful & sunny that day - I had very nice windows in my private room which let in the energizing sunbeams to recharge the solar batteries in this California boy… but rest assured, it was freezing cold outside despite the sunshine… I put on my coat. One more check around the room to make sure I wasn’t leaving anything & then we started for the door. At that moment entered a kind looking man - wearing rubber gloves on his hands & a protective paper gown over the top of his suit & tie. Over the next several minutes we had an important conversation about the realities of where we were at in my journey & he gave some very welcome words of some hopeful possibilities. “We can’t rule anything out until we have the results of the biopsy, but….” He went on to share his personal observation that due to how healthy I appear to be… without pain… great lab numbers… he would be very surprised if I was facing some aggressive type or advanced stage of cancer. This was quite a contrast to the initial message of hopelessness I had been given by the hospital I had been transferred from the day before… a leading staff member there had literally pulled BJ aside privately out in the hallway & told him that what I had was untreatable.

…Shortly after I arrived home from the hospital, I was composing a text message to send out to my immediate family members. As I searched my brain for the correct word to use for “cancer doctor”, I thought I remembered hearing the word “oncologist”… I typed it into Google to make sure of the definition. “Yep, that’s the right word…” It’s interesting the terminologies we add to our vocabulary as we see the illnesses and ailments of this earth enter into the lives of those close to us… [ January 1st, 2009 - the word “dialysis” was added to my vocabulary as we learned that Dad’s kidneys had failed…] and sometimes we learn those new words as those ailments touch us directly… [ January 10th, 2019 - I learned the word “oncologist”.]

…Cut to today - Thursday, January 24th, 2019 - The day I was officially diagnosed with “low-grade neuroendocrine carcinoma” - a cancer that is affecting my pancreas and liver. My oncologist feels that I’ve had this for a couple years or more. We are fortunate & blessed that it was stumbled upon in the CT scan from 2 weeks ago. It is in my favor that I really don’t seem to be showing any symptoms from the tumors. The good news is that he feels he has 100% certainty that I do NOT have the biggest baddest pancreatic cancer - pancreatic adenocarcinoma. At present, there is much still to be learned about what my particular cancer diagnosis means… and the days ahead will show us, one step at a time, what direction we need to take as far as treatment. I am currently scheduled for a new type of PET scan on Monday, February 4th, using a technology that has only been available in the Nashville area for about a year. It should be an excellent tool to help us find out how active my tumors are & with the resulting images, we will be able to create a baseline as we keep them under observation in the days, weeks, months, & hopefully years ahead & adjust my treatment accordingly. In the meantime, Lord willing, I’ve got some time to get healed up from this awful bout of C-Diff that I continue to deal with… and, Lord willing, time to find the best ways to live the healthiest lifestyle I can in order to keep strong & to help equip my body to heal itself as we also pray for God’s healing & enabling touch & for strength for the journey.

God bless you all & a happy belated 75th birthday to the wonderful & amazing Tracy Dartt! I love you, Dad! Thank you for writing so many wonderful, practical, & applicable songs that can speak to us in so many of life’s experiences & hardships… songs like the one that popped into my head early today as I was getting ready to go to the Dr. I wasn’t even trying to think of any music or songs at the time and BOOM! a Tracy Dartt song started playing in the 8-track player of my brain… a song I’ve been listening to for as long as I can remember anything… I used to listen to it on 8-track & LP record album… then cassette tape and compact disc… now, to make sure I get the lyrics right, I’ll just stream it from Apple Music on my iPhone…

“BE STILL AND KNOW” words & music by Tracy Dartt
“Be still & know that He is God… Now’s the time to start… to worship Him and praise Him in the quiet of your heart… Let His Holy Spirit, deep within, whisper peace unto your soul. He’ll calm each doubt and fear… If you’ll just Be Still & Know”

“He knows the end from the beginning… He knows the hidden things ahead… There’s no need of doubt or worry… There’s no need of fear or dread… He holds the key to your tomorrow… The whole world is in His hands… Won’t you just be still & know He understands”

“Be still & know that He is God… Now’s the time to start… to worship Him and praise Him in the quiet of your heart… Let His Holy Spirit, deep within, whisper peace unto your soul. He’ll calm each doubt and fear… If you’ll just Be Still & Know”

Stoney
ps. Until I know that I’m not contagious, I cannot return to work… and I’m doing what I can to get the bacteria in my gut back to a strong and safe enough level so that I am not so susceptible to further GI illness. I am most likely going to be off work for another 4 or 5 weeks. I am OVERWHELMED & so appreciative to the individuals, & the families, & the church congregations who have so lovingly & generously helped me with a financial gift during this challenging time. If you feel so led to help, you can do so through the fundraiser link on my “Stone Mountain Dartt” Facebook page.

Some who’ve felt led to give have asked where they can send a gift by check. The best is to make payable & send to:

Stone Dartt
PO Box 422
Greenbrier, TN 37073

Dartt News! - Stone Dartt's Health - January 11, 2019

Thanks, again & again, for all of the prayer coverage, the words of encouragement, & the gifts donated to help in this surreal time for me. I’d like to share a little more about what’s going on. I will try to condense the info so that it’s not a novel.

In late May / early June I went on a belated 40th birthday trip to Asia. Ever since then I have been dealing with some tummy issues. Finally, in October, a test result showed I had picked up a parasite that is not uncommon for people who visit Asia. I was prescribed one round of antibiotics - gave it a few weeks with no success - then took a different round of antibiotics which I finished in early December. We had a wonderful Christmas season with family & friends, all the while I was holding out hope that my tummy troubles would soon subside, but they never did.

Cut forward to early this week… I had a bad reaction to a meal I had at a restaurant Monday night. Tuesday, I decided to make a serious dietary change to see if it would help. Wednesday morning, the symptoms had worsened to the point that I was having constant cramping & pain. I couldn’t continue working & decided to head home from Nashville. I figured I would go home to baby my stomach & get some rest. As I was headed toward home, both Mom & BJ were urging me to go to the ER, which I reluctantly agreed to, and we headed to a hospital in the town where I live, Springfield.

Cut forward to mid-afternoon… ER staff had already taken all the samples they would typically need for my situation & they had taken a CT Scan of my abdomen/pelvic region. I mulled over the fact that it was so unfortunate - the timing of this - since I am hoping in just a few weeks to have some minimal health insurance activated. “Oh, well.” I was sitting in my private room in the ER with BJ & we were waiting for some results. A knock on the door & in came the RN with the most somber look you could imagine. She shared with us that test results showed I had a serious bacterial infection known as C Diff. I thought, “Finally we have an answer”. Then she continued, “There are also some incidental findings that are very concerning.” I felt a bit of a cold wave rush over me as I thought to myself, “I’m going to prepare my mind for her to say something REALLY scary… then hopefully she’ll say something that doesn’t sound so bad by comparison.” Then she went ahead & said something REALLY scary! “The images from the CT Scan show that you’ve got 10 masses on your liver… 1 mass on your pancreas… and 1 mass on your duodenum colon…” She continued, “the imaging tech feels that the images show what appears to be metastasized cancer.”

My mind started to go numb as I felt like the rug had been pulled right out from under me. It was so surreal, as if I was watching some story play out in a movie… but this was being said to ME! BJ stepped out to call his Mom & my Mom (who we had sent out to get some lunch) and told her they needed to get to the hospital fast. Once they arrived, we had the RN share with them what she had told us. I started physically trembling as I felt my entire life screeching to a halt & tried to wrap my brain around what this all meant. Later in the evening, I found myself walking into another hospital - moving into another private room with a nice view of downtown Nashville. I could see the Parthenon out the window… and as I put my shoes & hat into the wardrobe, I wondered if I will ever get to see my Dad again… if I will ever drive again, or even get to go outside.

Cut to present… I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love & prayers & support & donated gifts given. It has been very moving & encouraging for me. As I sit here in my dining room typing this out, I am thankful to be in my own home after spending a night & a day in the Nashville hospital I was transferred to. My side is bandaged to cover the wound where they took a biopsy sample from my liver. It’s not as sore as it was yesterday or even this morning. I’m about to take my 8th scheduled antibiotic pill to fight the C Diff infection. I am trying to keep myself prepared for the worst, but I am hoping for the best. I am comforted in a small way by multiple medical staff professionals at the Nashville hospital who emphasized that we don’t know what this is until we get the biopsy results. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around it all, knowing that, at best, I will be off work for weeks to recover from the damage of the C Diff infection & to regain the health of my GI tract. At worst… well, some very painful goodbyes to the ones I love & a sure hope of Heaven to follow.

And so, we wait for the results of the biopsy… most likely we will hear something by the middle of next week. Fingers crossed… heads held high as we can… prayers given up to God… hoping for the best! I very much need all the prayers & support & it is all very much appreciated! God bless & thank you for taking the time to read what did end up to be a bit of a novel.

Stoney

ps. Thanks again to those who have helped with a financial gift during this very trying time. If you feel so led to help, you can do so through the fundraiser link on my Facebook page.

Dartt News! - Stone Dartt's Health - January 10, 2019

Thank you for all the prayers & messages of encouragement, love, faith, & support. It is a surreal time - I’m deeply shaken, but in good spirits... and I trust God for the strength to face and to fight in the days ahead. 

Continuing prayer coverage from all my friends out there is greatly appreciated - so valuable & powerful! In the next few hours I am scheduled to have a biopsy sample taken from at least one of my major organs & then we will await the results. More updates to come. Thanks & blessings to all, & an extra thanks to those who have been able to help!


Stoney

Dartt News! - PRAYER REQUEST - January 9, 2019

Hey friends! I have a HUGE prayer request!! Yesterday I found myself in the hospital having lots of bloodwork and tests done for severe pain making it nearly impossible to walk. I am still waiting on results... today, Stoney is headed to the ER to take care of gastro issues he has had for 9 months now. A parasite he picked up on a trip to Asia in May has been treated for, but the issues remain and finally today the need for a hospital visit. Neither of us have any health insurance, and so it is a scary time as we both have entered new journeys in life. If any of you would like to help in these unexpected medical expenses, we have a go fund me page, as well as PayPal... However, we know the power of prayer is supernatural and Gods healing is possible! Stoney needs a miracle and I believe God can do it, but he needs prayer! PM me for ways you can help... thanks for all your love and support!! “In His hands!”

BJ Speer

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;

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! - 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;

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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!

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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.

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Send a payment through PAYPAL to;
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Greenbrier, TN 37073

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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.

 

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