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Happy Anniversary, Tracy & Sharon! - August 21, 2014

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Today is Tracy & Sharon Dartt's 50th Anniversary!!

Tracy Update! 8/20 - August 20, 2014

Tracy's first day of recovery has been a day of doctors and nurses working to improve his post-recovery blood pressure. It's been quite low through the night & all day, so they have decided to treat him by giving him platelets. Also, it looks like he will be in the hospital for a longer time, probably 10-14 days total so that he can start in on physical therapy a few hours a day to aid recovery. 

Tracy Surgery Update 8/19 - August 19, 2014

Tracy's surgery went well with no surprises, & the surgeon was able to accomplish everything he had hoped to do. The surgery went a little long, & Tracy arrived in the recovery room around 6:30pm or so. He's on a lot of pain meds right now & should be getting a room assigned to him in the next hour or so. After a long day at the hospital, Sharon is glad to be at Tracy's side once again. Family members, including sons, Don & Frosty, spent time at the hospital today too to show support, pray, & to welcome Tracy back to consciousness. Please continue to pray for a full & swift recovery. Expected hospital stay is 3 or 4 days at least. 

Tracy Having Surgery Today!! - August 19, 2014

Tracy Dartt has been cleared for surgery today at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He's been prepped already & they'll be taking him into surgery at any moment. The surgeon is expecting a 6 hour procedure today to repair a fractured lower vertebra by using a rod and screws. They are also planning to trim a bulging disc. Recovery time of 3 to 4 months is expected. Please pray for a successful surgery and swift recovery. Check back here or on The Dartts' Facebook page for updates. 

Prayer Request from Tracy! - August 13, 2014

     Thanks to so many who are and who have been praying for us. I am scheduled for spinal surgery on Tuesday, August 19th at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. They will be repairing a fractured lumbar vertebrae and bulging disk, using titanium rods and screws.

      I will be in a back brace for at least 6 weeks. The doctor says at least 10 to 12 weeks before I’m ready to travel again. Our goal is to be on the road with the boys for The Dartts' December tour (Lord willing). 
      Thanks, again, to our Prayer Warriors, and to those who have sent financial gifts. May God multiply them back to you!
Blessings,
Tracy

Dartt News! - August Update - August 2, 2014

 

The boys (Stoney & BJ) left out on July 24 for The Dartts' tour to the Northeastern U.S.A. & Eastern Canada after spending a couple of weeks at home in Tennessee. They finished the last month of our west coast tour as a duet also. Tracy was advised by the doctors to come off the road to deal with his increasing lower back pain. An MRI scheduled on July 5th revealed that another vertebrae and bulging disc is closing in on Tracy's spinal chord (more stenosis of the spine). On July 7th, he had an appointment with the pain management clinic and they are increasing his pain medication and will continue to do so as needed along with steroid injections.
A CT Scan and appointment with the spine surgeon - originally scheduled for August 27th - was moved up to July 30, and we now know that spinal surgery has been scheduled for August 19… The boys are planning to continue as a duet until Tracy’s recovery is complete - with an estimated recovery time of 12-16 weeks.
We need much prayer for:
*Tracy’s health
*Finances: We are in a critical low spot with some weeks we had to leave open and some unexpected expenses, including three bus repairs that became necessary the day the boys left on tour - A split radiator hose, a tire replacement, and a plumbing repair.
The Bus: Is operating for now, but needs replacement of an engine oil pressure sensor the next time it comes home to Tennessee, if not before, and also one of our power generators needs electrical repairs.
*Strength: for Tracy and direction as he works to fill out our schedule of dates
*Anointing and Protection; for the boys as they carry on the ministry…
We PRAISE GOD for the 120 people saved so far this year who have acknowledged that they prayed to receive Christ as personal Savior. And the many letters & e-mails from folks thanking us for our music and giving testimony of God using our music to, in some way, touch or even change their lives. To God be the GLORY!
Special thanks to so many who are out there praying for us & thanks to those who have sent gifts!
…Continue to check our website for more information on our schedule, and for updates on Tracy's surgery happening August 19.
By the way, Tracy & Sharon are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on August 21 - while Tracy is recovering in the hospital. 
God Bless you!
The Dartts
If you feel led 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

     The boys (Stoney & BJ) left out on July 24 for The Dartts' tour to the Northeastern U.S.A. & Eastern Canada after spending a couple of weeks at home in Tennessee. They finished the last month of our west coast tour as a duet also. Tracy was advised by the doctors to come off the road, for the time being, to deal with his increasing lower back pain. An MRI scheduled on July 5th revealed that another vertebrae and bulging disc is closing in on Tracy's spinal chord (more stenosis of the spine). On July 7th, he had an appointment with the pain management clinic and they are increasing his pain medication and will continue to do so as needed along with steroid injections.A CT Scan and appointment with the spine surgeon - originally scheduled for August 27th - was moved up to July 30, and we now know that spinal surgery has been scheduled for August 19… The boys are planning to continue as a duet until Tracy’s recovery is complete - with an estimated recovery time of 12-16 weeks.

     We need much prayer for:

*Tracy’s health

*Finances: We are in a critical low spot with some weeks we had to leave open and some unexpected expenses, including three bus repairs that became necessary the day the boys left on tour - A split radiator hose, a tire replacement, and a plumbing repair.The Bus: Is operating for now, but needs replacement of an engine oil pressure sensor the next time it comes home to Tennessee, if not before, and also one of our power generators needs electrical repairs.

*Strength: for Tracy and direction as he works to fill out our schedule of dates

*Anointing and Protection; for the boys as they carry on the ministry…

     We PRAISE GOD for the 120 people saved so far this year who have acknowledged that they prayed to receive Christ as personal Savior. And the many letters & e-mails from folks thanking us for our music and giving testimony of God using our music to, in some way, touch or even change their lives. To God be the GLORY!Special thanks to so many who are out there praying for us & thanks to those who have sent gifts!

     …Continue to check our website for more information on our schedule, and for updates on Tracy's surgery happening August 19.

     By the way, Tracy & Sharon are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on August 21 - while Tracy is recovering in the hospital. 
God Bless you!

The Dartts

If you feel led 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


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June Update - by Sharon Dartt - June 12, 2014

 

Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
     What a relief to know that it is GOD that performs the work - in us and through us, and for His glory!
     Having begun our West Coast tour on March 14th of this year, we expect, by the grace of God, to have performed in about 80 concerts by the end of this tour, July 6, 2014. As of this writing, 99 people have raised their hands to indicate that they had prayed to accept Christ as Savior during this tour. We consider it our privilege and our responsibility to include this opportunity for salvation wherever 
we sing. 
     We've been enjoying performing the music from our latest album, "Get Up And Get Your Shoes On", our first new project since
2010. We saw God provide miraculously for the cost of this album last year, as He also did for our biggest ever onslaught of bus repair last year - nearly $20,000 dollars. (NOW we remember why we like to get a NEWER BUS about every five years! We've had this one for 9 years!) 
     Thank God for our two young men, Stoney and BJ, who are able to do the physical work that this ministry requires, as well as sing and write music. They're also willing to make the personal sacrifice of being gone from their home about two-thirds of the year, year after year. This sacrifice has become more difficult for Tracy in the past many weeks, as he has experienced increased pain and weakness in his back and legs. When Tracy and I (Sharon) came home in December, after only 3 concerts of the Christmas Tour, Stoney and BJ finished the tour without them. After Tracy had a second spinal surgery in January, Stoney and BJ did the February Florida Tour without them. Thank God, Tracy and I were able to travel in March, April, and May. The second and third weeks of May we sang 16 times in 15 days. Many other weeks on this tour were heavily scheduled as well. 
     As of the last week of May, Tracy and I have returned home to learn that Tracy needs to stay home and go to physical therapy sessions twice a week for the next six weeks. We thank God that further surgery is not required at this time - and we trust and pray that all four of "THE DARTTS" will be traveling together again by the end of July, and on our way to New England and Canada. Please pray with us that the Lord will bring this to pass. 
     We thank you for your care for us, your prayers for us, and your interest in the ministry of "THE DARTTS". 
God bless you! 
by Sharon Dartt
The Dartts - www.DarttMusic.com
P.S. For an update on BJ Speer's folks, Billy and Paula Speer, check out BJSpeer.com
If you feel led 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

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

     What a relief to know that it is GOD that performs the work - in us and through us, and for His glory!

     Having begun our West Coast tour on March 14th of this year, we expect, by the grace of God, to have performed in about 80 concerts by the end of this tour, July 6, 2014. As of this writing, 99 people have raised their hands to indicate that they had prayed to accept Christ as Savior during this tour. We consider it our privilege and our responsibility to include this opportunity for salvation wherever we sing.

      We've been enjoying performing the music from our latest album, "Get Up And Get Your Shoes On", our first new project since 2010. We saw God provide miraculously for the cost of this album last year, as He also did for our biggest ever onslaught of bus repair last year - nearly $20,000 dollars. (NOW we remember why we like to get a NEWER BUS about every five years! We've had this one for 9 years!)

      Thank God for our two young men, Stoney and BJ, who are able to do the physical work that this ministry requires, as well as sing and write music. They're also willing to make the personal sacrifice of being gone from their home about two-thirds of the year, year after year. This sacrifice has become more difficult for Tracy in the past many weeks, as he has experienced increased pain and weakness in his back and legs. When Tracy and I (Sharon) came home in December, after only 3 concerts of the Christmas Tour, Stoney and BJ finished the tour without us. After Tracy had a second spinal surgery in January, Stoney and BJ did the February Florida Tour without us. Thank God, Tracy and I were able to travel in March, April, and May. The second and third weeks of May we sang 16 times in 15 days. Many other weeks on this tour were heavily scheduled as well.

      As of the last week of May, Tracy and I have returned home to learn that Tracy needs to stay home and go to physical therapy sessions twice a week for the next six weeks. We thank God that further surgery is not required at this time - and we trust and pray that all four of "THE DARTTS" will be traveling together again by the end of July, and on our way to New England and Canada. Please pray with us that the Lord will bring this to pass.

      We thank you for your care for us, your prayers for us, and your interest in the ministry of "THE DARTTS".

 God bless you! 

by Sharon Dartt

The Dartts - www.DarttMusic.com

P.S. For an update on BJ Speer's folks, Billy and Paula Speer, check out BJSpeer.com

If you feel led 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

Westward Ho! - March 24, 2014

We're 10 days into our West Coast Tour! Having a great tour so far. We've enjoyed singing and fellowshipping with folks throughout Arkansas and Texas.
On Friday we discovered that we urgently needed to replace both of our steering tires on the bus. It was an unexpected and sudden expense - $960, but praise the Lord, we found a decent deal at a place that is able to handle such a large vehicle & got the tires put on before we head into an extended touring time through more rural territory. While having the tires installed, we found that we need a bit of front-end work on the bus - the tie rod ends are loose and have too much play in them, which will tear up these new tires if not taken care of - probably about a $300 repair job. We're hoping to have that done within the next week.
Yesterday, we had a blessed time in Snyder, Texas and Sweetwater, Texas! In both places we saw greater attendance than we had seen in the past. We're seeing positive results from pastors and churches who have advertised in the newspaper and on radio, including an increase in visitors attending the concerts and services. Last night we had several visitors in Sweetwater & when the Gospel was presented, 7 souls came to Christ! Praise the Lord! This is what it's all about!
Please keep praying for The Dartts!

MARCH UPDATE! - March 6, 2014

March Update!

Today marks 6 weeks since Tracy Dartt was released from the hospital following his spinal surgery. The doctors said that the surgery went perfectly well and that there were no surprises. These last several weeks have been a good time of recovery for Tracy. After 2 weeks of rest, the doctors started him on 2 weeks of in-home physical therapy. Now, Tracy is just about through with his first of 2 final weeks of in-clinic physical therapy, and it’s looking good for he and Sharon to get back on the road in time to leave for The Dartts’ west coast tour starting Friday, March 14.

Tracy says, “I’m feeling generally good, my sciatic pain is gone, and I can stand up straighter than I could before the surgery. For the time being, the doctors want me to continue using a walker for balance, but we are excited and looking forward to getting back on the road next week.”

Stone Dartt and BJ Speer had a blessed tour in Florida and saw several souls come to Christ, meanwhile Tracy has been hard at work on the home front - making calls all over the USA and into Canada to fill the schedule. So far, we have over 160 bookings for 2014, and we’ve already got 24 on the calendar for 2015! Thanks to all of you who have been praying for The Dartts! We are looking forward to a great year and we hope to see you all at one of our concerts in your part of the country real soon!

Also, please continue to pray for BJ Speer and his parents, Paula and Billy. Billy is in the final stages of Lewy Body Dimentia and is under full-time hospice care at a nursing facility in Springfield, Tennessee. The medical staff has advised that Billy is in the final weeks of his life. We are asking you to pray along with us, especially for BJ, Paula, and their extended family as they deal with all of the pressures and emotions of going through this difficult time.

God Bless!

The Dartts - Tracy, Sharon, and Stone Dartt, and BJ Speer 

 

If you feel led 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

DARTT NEWS!!! - January Update - January 18, 2014

     2013 was a year of great challenges and miraculous victories. Praise the Lord! The Dartts sang 193 concerts in 33 states and 2 provinces of Canada. God blessed us with 273 people praying to accept Christ. We recorded and released a new album - “Get Up And Get Your Shoes On” - which has been very well received. BJ Speer and Stone Dartt, along with an army of supporters and volunteers, got the Speers (BJ’s parents, Billy and Paula) moved to Tennessee in early 2013. Several weeks after the move it became necessary to place Billy in a nursing home, and the Lord provided an opening at a facility just 7 minutes away from Paula… A year of victories.

The challenges were more than a few. It was a year of breakdowns and repairs:

    Our bus: Exhaust system, radiator, air conditioner, television blowout, axel and wheel bearings, and air leveling system components, just to name a few…

    Our vehicles at home: Tires, brakes, fuel system repairs, tailgate struts, and more…

          Vehicle repairs totaling over $20,000.

    Our home: Refrigerator, washer, dryer, furnace repairs, roof repairs, and more…

    Us: Medical and dental bills totaling over $8,000.

The Victory: Roughly $14,000 in designated gifts were sent to us for repairs and such, which covers about half of all these expenses. We are trusting God for the rest!

     2014 is off to a slow start, but we’ve got a great start on our scheduling for the year, with over 100 concerts already on the calendar. Our first date of the year was this last Sunday morning, close to home, and we saw a young couple who was coming to church for their very first time - they both accepted Christ!

     Here’s our new challenge: In late November, Tracy Dartt had X-rays and an MRI. He has been diagnosed with lower spinal stenosis, 2 bulging discs, and a form of neuropathy. He tried heading out on The Dartts’ Christmas tour, but after just 3 dates it became necessary to cancel some concerts in order to get Tracy and Sharon back home so that Tracy could try to get medical treatment as soon as possible. Stone and BJ finished the rest of the dates as a duet, and did a great job, as usual.

     Tracy is scheduled for spinal surgery on Tuesday, January 21, just 2 days before his 70th birthday. He says, “I’m getting a new back for my birthday.” The plan is to scrape away some buildup that is closing in on his spinal cord in at least 2 of his lower vertebrae. We are praying that he will be recovered and ready for The Dartts’ west coast tour, which begins on March 14.

     In the meantime, Stone and BJ will be doing The Dartts’ February Florida tour as a duet. They worked as a duet for more than 2 years previously, while Tracy had to be on dialysis up until his kidney transplant in early 2011.

     Sharon says, “God, in His marvelous love and grace, has cared for us through all our 40+ years of ministry. We are confident that He will show Himself strong for us all the rest of our journey. We look to Him for comfort, wisdom, provision, and healing in the days to come.”

     Please put us on your prayer lists. We hope to have good news to share in the days ahead.

 

God bless you!

The Dartts - Tracy, Sharon, and Stone Dartt, and BJ Speer 

 

If you feel led 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

DARTT NEWS! - SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST - December 19, 2013

  Greetings from The Dartts! It has been a great year, and now we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, and the birth of a brand new year. We've seen many decision for Christ in our 2013 tours around North America. We've had the privilege of making lots of new friends and singing for quite a few churches we hadn't previously visited. 

  We've had the blessing of releasing a brand new album, "Get Up And Get Your Shoes On" - the first full-length album of all new recordings by The Dartts since 2006. It's been so much fun sharing these new songs with folks as we journey across the beautiful countryside that God has provided for us to enjoy. About 75% ($10,000) of the cost of producing the new album was given to us late last year as an anonymous donation that was specifically designated for recording a new album. WOW! We've never had that happen before, and we are so grateful!

  And now we have a SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST - Since late November, Tracy Dartt has been suffering with sever pain in his lower back and in his legs. It has been quite disabling. Upon arriving home from our Florida tour in November, we got him right into a specialist to get him checked out, and after some x-rays and an MRI, we were informed that Tracy has some lower back spinal stenosis and a couple of bulging discs. This is further complicated by the fact that Tracy is a kidney transplant recipient, which means he is limited to Tylenol extra strength for pain medication, which isn't that effective for the type of pain he's experiencing. Knowing that we have some scheduled time off in January, Tracy felt that he could wait to get through our December singing dates. We headed out on the tour, starting in Alabama and Georgia, but by the third day of the tour it was apparent that we needed to get Tracy back home to Nashville to get treatment just as soon as possible. We ended up canceling 4 dates in order to get him home (lost income), and then missed an additional date on the way home due to traffic and weather issues (lost income). Tracy was told that the soonest he could get an appointment would be January 7, but we got him home right away in the hopes that something would open up in the doctor's schedule. Once back at home, Stoney and BJ began preparing to head out and finish out the 2-week, 11-concert tour as a duet, making calls to inform the pastors of the situation, and had 2 of the 11 cancel in the process (lost income). Part of Stoney's preparing for the tour was making sure Tracy and Sharon's vehicle was in good condition to get them safely around to their errands and doctor appointments. Stoney took the car in for maintenance, some repairs, and 2 much-needed tires, to the tune of about $1,500. That brings us to today. Stoney and BJ have 1 concert left, in Tyler, Texas, before heading back home this weekend to enjoy Christmas with family and friends.

  On Wednesday, December 18, Tracy got a call to inform him that an opening had come up in the doctor's schedule for the following day (ANSWERED PRAYER)… And so, as this update is being typed, Tracy and Sharon are at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, and we await the news that will follow…

  THIS JUST IN… After running several tests, Tracy was told that his severe pain is being caused by neuropathy, and that this is a separate issue from the lower spinal stenosis / bulging discs. So now, test results will be forwarded on to another doctor to try to discover the cause of the neuropathy… And at the same time, the spinal doctor will be consulted as to how to treat the stenosis and bulging discs.

  Please join us in prayer that the doctors will have wisdom to properly and effectively treat Tracy so that he can get back on his feet and be free of this pain… Please pray that Tracy and Sharon will be able to get back to touring and singing as soon as possible… that finances will be provided to cover the setbacks that The Dartts have experienced… and most of all, that the Lord will have His will in all of this.

  We will give updates on our website at www.DarttMusic.com and on The Dartts' Facebook page.

 

God bless you! Thank you for your prayers!

Stone Dartt

The Dartts

 

If you feel led 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

REPAIR UPDATE! - September 17, 2013

REPAIR UPDATE!

     As we headed toward home from touring in the New England area earlier this month, we were blessed to find out that a gentleman from a church near our home has an air conditioning repair business. He offered to come by and check out our broken a/c unit on the bus once we arrived home… he checked it out and told us that he was going to take care of the entire repair and costs himself. A few days later he dropped by and installed a brand new a/c compressor into our broken unit, then filled the system with coolant gas, put it all back together, and now the bus is operating at full central air/heat capacity once again for the first time since the compressor blew out while we were touring in California in May. Praise the Lord!

     Also, a gentleman at a church in Nebraska, where we'll be singing next week, informed us not long ago that he might be able to get us a good price on some of the microphone repairs/replacements that we need. We sent him a list of what we need & he let us know that the price to get everything we currently need would be $769. This seems like a very decent price for everything (1 replacement microphone transmitter, 3 replacement wireless microphone heads, and 2 power supply units). We are trusting for the Lord to provide for this expense, just as He has for so many other needs. Please be in prayer for us concerning these things.

"The Gauntlet" - Update by Tracy Dartt - July 31, 2013

  At 4pm last Thursday, July 25th, we were in Cheyenne, Wyoming, waiting in the post office parking lot for Stoney and BJ as they mailed all of our preorders for our new album, "Get Up And Get Your Shoes On". We had ministered the night before at Beacon Hills Baptist Church in Cheyenne and it was a good night with 2 people saved - and the first shipment of our new album was waiting at the church for us! PTL! 

It has been an exciting and eventful year so far. Nearly 100 concerts and 140 people saved. We are celebrating 18 years of ministry as a family group. Our daughter and her family are back home in the U.S. after 4 years in Norway. BJ's Mom and Dad were moved from Florida to Tennessee just 7 minutes from our house. His Dad's condition has rapidly declined and he had to be placed into a nursing home facility. 

We have been running a gauntlet of breakdowns and repairs, but God has made miracle after miracle to sustain us and bless us.

 

The Gauntlet Story

 

~April 18, 2013 - It began at night, after a date in the California desert. Flickering lights made us stop to check out generator. Stoney discovered a short in the electric feed which forced us to discontinue use of generator #1 to this day. He switched to generator #2 (our only remaining generator), but then noticed a fuel leak in it, rendering it unsafe to use as well. If we hadn't stopped for the flickering lights, we could have had a terrible fire. PTL, leaks fixed in Banning the next morning - $160

~April 29, 2013 - On our way out of the LA basin, we noticed we were losing air too fast. We stopped in Bakersfield to have it checked to find we had to have an air governor, a leveler valve and an air tank fitting replaced - $930. The repair place took us in immediately with no wait and NO dates missed. We avoided a possible roadside breakdown and the down time that would have followed. 

~April 29, 2013 - While waiting as our air valves were being replace, our TV and DVD player went out (victims of the generator #1 electrical short). We replaced them a month later in Oregon - $450

~May 2, 2013 - As we pulled into Highland Baptist Church in Hayward, CA, we heard a loud "WOOSH!" and looked on as a cloud of vapor came shooting out from the side of the bus. Air conditioner #2 (We have 2) lost all of its coolant gas from a hole that was melted through the sidewall of the compressor, caused by a wire knocked loose from bumpy roads we had been on, resulting in an electrical short at the compressor. We had it checked out by a repair man in the Sacramento area - his estimate was $1500. The part wouldn't be available for a few days, but because of our NEXT breakdown, it is STILL NOT REPAIRED as of today. 

~May 4, 2013 - Saturday night, as we pulled into Orchard Avenue Baptist Church in Vacaville, CA, just to plug in for the night - the "engine shutdown" warning light comes on. Stoney parks and plugs in and takes a flashlight to check the engine. Coolant was pouring out from underneath the radiator. A broken exhaust pipe ("bellows") had melted the corner of the radiator. The church loaned us a van so we could do all of our weekend dates. 

~May 6, 2013 - We tow the bus to West Sacramento for its repair. The next 10 days we worked from a rental van and hotels. Repairs finished May 16th with a bill of $10,900 and $500 for the tow. We only had to cancel 1 date.

~May 31, 2013 - The day we returned from our Jubilee At Sea Alaska gospel cruise, Stoney went to get the bus. He noticed a great deal of grease had leaked from the right front wheel. We found a repair shop 4 miles from the ship dock. They took us right in and both axel bearings had to be replaced - 3 hours later we were able to do our evening concert in Lynnwood, WA. No dates lost, expense - $176

~June 5, 2013 - While up in Republic, WA, Stoney's wireless mic became unusable. We still had our corded microphones with us, so he's been using one of those ever since. My mic has 3 cracks in it and is going out and needs replacement as well. The whole set really needs to be replaced - with an estimated cost of $2800 - not done yet.

~June 11, 2013 - We fly to Tennessee to spend a few weeks at home while doing several concerts in our van. Stoney takes the van for a complete service before heading out to OH, PA, & MO - A 9 day trip, and realizes the tires need to be replaced - $700 got us a full set of Michelins to keep us a little safer on the road. Upon arriving home, we also discovered that our refrigerator was going out. We found a new one for $650.

~June 13, 2013 - Sharon and I off to the dentist - She had broken 2 teeth within days of each other, & I had a broken a tooth myself during the same period of time. She had 2 crowns & I had 1 - $3,400

~July 14, 2013 - While getting ready to fly to LA to meet our daughter and her family as well as to minister in 4 churches, our dryer went out. It is NOT replaced yet.

~July 24, 2013 - We arrive in Cheyenne, WY, and pick up the first shipment of our new album "Get Up And Get Your Shoes On". Earlier in the day we got a call from our property management company in CA and were informed that the heating element on the stove went out - $200. (We haven't been able to sell our house in CA due to the housing market - we've had renters in it for 5 years, PTL!)

~July 26, 2013 - After driving 7 hours from Cheyenne, WY, to Miles City, Montana, we had sprung another air leak after driving on a terribly maintained, bumpy highway (Part of it unpaved). We pulled into a campground at 1:30 AM to find that our plug-in cord was missing the grounding pin, so we could not plug in… We had already paid $45 for the campground (non-refundable), but couldn't stay with no electricity (You can't run a generator in a campground). After spending the rest of the night in a Walmart parking lot, we continued our drive to Glendive, MT, and found a shop to fix us up - Replaced cracked Air Brake Switch - $187. We bought supplies to fix the electrical cord & bought an extra plug-head to have on hand - $80. Also, the same day, our steering stabilizer stopped working - We haven't had time or money to repair that yet.

 

 

…..So, here we are in North Dakota, The main operating systems of the bus are running good so far. We have new tires on the van back at home, a couple new wheel bearings, a new air brake switch, a new TV and DVD player, a new radiator and exhaust bellows, a new refrigerator, AND 3 new teeth. Our regular bills are paid up to date thus far. Over $12,000 in special designated "repair offerings" has come in over the past 3 months to help toward all the repairs. Praise The Lord!

     Our needs? New microphones, new dryer, new air conditioner compressor and funds to promote our new album. Pray if you will. God is still in the miracle business. We have had one breakdown after another, however we have seen miracle after miracle. By all odds we should be bankrupt and finished, but thank God we are on the road and headed East. Praise God!

Tracy

TUESDAY UPDATE!! "REPAIRED BUS" - May 21, 2013

TUESDAY UPDATE!! - "REPAIRED BUS" 

  We find ourselves well into a new week & well into the next phase of our tour, Washington state. We had a blessed weekend in the Portland, Oregon, area & had a good time with old friends. Today we are preparing to move on from Ocean Shores, Washington, to Gold Bar, Washington. We are excited about moving forward with the production of our upcoming album release, "Get Up And Get Your Shoes On", which should be arriving early summer! We're also excited to be preparing for this week's departure on the Jubilee At Sea Alaska 2013 gospel cruise with The Dartts, Wendell Calder, & special guest singer, Amanda Henry from the Herb Henry Family of central California.

  Over the weekend we were blessed to see continued response to our Bus Repair Fund needs. We saw gifts from multiple individuals & couples come in between $50 & $500, & a gift from a church for $1,000, some through the mail, some handed to us in person, some through PayPal, & some called in to us over the phone. As of this note, the total so far that has come in is $8,052 in just over two weeks' time! This has come in from 22 different individuals & 5 different Churches. Praise the Lord! That brings the total needed for repair costs (Original Total = $12,911) down to $4,859 left to go!

 

Please continue to pray for the finances to be provided to pay off the repairs, = $4,859

 

 

If you feel led to send a gift to The Dartts toward the repair costs, you can;

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

Bus Repair Project

P.O.Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140

 

Thanks & God Bless!

The Dartts

SATURDAY UPDATE!! "THE REPAIRED BUS" - May 18, 2013

SATURDAY UPDATE!! - "THE REPAIRED BUS" 

  Greetings from The Dartts! It's been an exciting adventure. At about 4pm Thursday evening we got "the phone call" from the repair shop. They were letting us know that their work on the bus was done & that they'd already taken the bus out for a test drive. After our concert that night in Grants Pass, Oregon, we loaded into our rental van & headed a few hours south toward the Sacramento area. Friday morning we arrived at the shop, transferred everything from the van to the bus, turned the rental van in, & got right back on the road headed northbound toward our weekend concerts in the Portland, Oregon area. 

  We've got a sparkly clean & new radiator & a shiny bright & new exhaust pipe & bellows, all operating perfectly. Anytime a breakdown & repair of this magnitude occurs you have a little heightened sense of awareness as you get started back out on the road with your vehicle, especially when it's 45 foot long & weighs almost 60,000 pounds. We definitely had the perfect trip on Friday to put the new repairs to the test… we headed right for the Ashland Pass, which tops out at 4,310 feet above sea level. The bus ran nice & smooth & the water temperature never got above 170 degrees, even climbing the mountains. Simply put… that's good.

  The repairs ended up with a total bill for $12,911. In the meantime, more donations have come in through PAYPAL and some through the mail, some from individuals and some from churches, bringing the new total of donations toward repairs to $6,452. We are pressing on with our touring and praying and asking the Lord to continue to provide the finances to pay off this bill. 

  We are praising the Lord for the AMAZING response we have already seen with the donations that are coming in. We are praising Him for protecting us on the road, for allowing us to get to a safe place when we broke down… a place where we had electricity for the night & a van to borrow for the first few days. We are thanking Him for the fact that we only had to cancel 1 concert in all of this & we are thanking him that the repairs were completed in time for us to get back in the bus on Friday so that we didn't have to further disrupt our touring through Oregon & Washington & beyond.

 

Please continue to pray for the finances to be provided to pay off the repairs, = $6,459

 

If you feel led to send a gift to The Dartts toward the repair costs, you can;

 

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or

 

Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

Bus Repair Project

P.O.Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

Otherwise, you can;

 

Give us a call at 707-344-4140

 

Thanks & God Bless!

 

The Dartts

THURSDAY UPDATE!! - "Broken Bus" - May 16, 2013

 

UPDATE!! - "Broken Bus"

We had a few donations show up in the mail & through PAYPAL, bringing our current repair fund up to $5,702. We are praising the Lord & asking you to keep praying. We are hearing that there's a good possibility of the bus being ready to pick up tomorrow, which is what we are praying hard for. 
PLEASE PRAY;
~For the rest of the funds to come in =$6,698.00
~For the repairs to be completed in time for us to pick the bus up from the shop tomorrow (Friday, May 17th)

 

UPDATE "Broken Bus" - May 15, 2013

Greetings from The Dartts!

Just taking a few moments to share a little more coherent note regarding our adventures with the "Broken Bus". 

Saturday, May 4th - Vacaville, CA -  Just a couple days after one of our bus air conditioners lost a compressor, the bus warning lights illuminated & the antifreeze started gushing out of the engine compartment of the bus. A portion of exhaust pipe called the "bellows" had cracked & fallen away, allowing the extreme heat of the "runaway" exhaust to melt through & damage the radiator beyond repair. We were provided with a church van for a few days to get to our concerts & we've been in a rental vehicle since that time. It took the better part of the day on Monday the 6th to have the bus towed to the nearest authorized service center, which is in West Sacramento.

As is typical of repairs on a vehicle - especially a big bus - when you start removing parts & pieces, you find more that needs to be done. In this case, the support floor underneath the radiator was corroded to the point that it had to be replaced. The estimated time for the job to be completed has been moved back a few times. Currently we are praying for the bus to be ready to be picked up this Friday, May 17th. We are praying hard that it will be ready then, especially because we cancelled a concert in central Oregon to allow for the time it will take to drive to West Sacramento from southern Oregon (where we are currently), pick up the bus, turn in the rental vehicle, & then drive to northern Oregon where our weekend concerts are scheduled. 

Along with the growing repair list comes the growing repair bill, which at the moment of this email is at about $12,400. That includes the towing & the repairs to the air conditioner unit that still needs to be done;

So far we have been blessed and amazed to see how God has moved upon many people to help us in this time of need;

We've had an outpouring of gifts from individuals and church families so far, some for $10 and one for as much as $2,000, bringing our current total of gifts received so far toward the bus repairs to $5,027. Please keep us in your prayers as we continue through this exciting journey. 

Please pray that the bus will be completed & ready to be picked up this Friday.

Please pray for the remainder of the finances to be provided, = $7,373.00

 

If you feel led to send a gift to The Dartts toward the repair costs, you can;

 

Send a gift through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or

 

Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

Bus Repair Project

P.O.Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

Otherwise, you can;

 

Give us a call at 707-344-4140

 

Thanks & God Bless!

FRIDAY UPDATE!! "The Broken Bus" - May 10, 2013

 

UPDATE!! "The Broken Bus"
We've been informed of additional repairs that are necessary & can now expect that the bus won't be ready until Friday, May 17th. The metal base plate that supports the radiator is completely rusted out & must be replaced. Parts may not be in until Tuesday, & this now puts the total repair costs at about $11,800 including the towing & yet-to-be fixed air conditioner. We had some incredible news yesterday when an individual called us to pledge $2,000 toward the repair costs, which brings our repair fundraiser total up to about $4,000. God is awesome & his people are responding. Please continue to pray & thank you for your prayers. 
IF YOU FEEL LED TO SHARE A GIFT TO HELP WITH REPAIRS, YOU CAN CALL US AT 707-344-4140, OR SEND DONATIONS VIA PAYPAL TO THEDARTTS@MSN.COM OR MAIL A GIFT TO;
THE DARTTS
BUS REPAIR PROJECT
PO BOX 422
GREENBRIER, TN 37073

 

 

UPDATE!! - "The Broken Bus" - May 7, 2013

 

We were informed this afternoon that the estimate for repairs on the bus will most likely be $8,200+. That puts us at somewhere around $9,500 including the tow & the air conditioner that still needs repairs. All the parts are in stock except the radiator, which is shipping from Southern California. $2,000 has been gifted or pledged so far. Please pray.

MAJOR PRAYER REQUEST! - "The Broken Bus" - May 6, 2013

MAJOR PRAYER REQUEST: "The Broken Bus"

Saturday night, May 4th.
THE GOOD NEWS IS - we are safe. We have what we need tonight - we're able to sleep in the bus & have electricity - we could have had a fire, but we didn't - we could have broke down on the side of the road, but we didn't - we got to this evenings destination & Stoney was just setting the parking brake when the warning light popped on on the dashboard of the bus. The church we're staying at tonight just happens to be a place where the pastor lives next door - so we were able to get his help - & they have a vehicle available for us to use to get to our dates tomorrow. THE TROUBLE:: A pipe that routes exhaust from the bus engine to the tailpipe BROKE in the engine bay, causing the EXTREMELY HOT exhaust (fresh out of the engine) to dump right into the engine bay. Things got so hot that it actually melted away a good portion of the metal that makes up the radiator, causing our coolant to come gushing out, eventually losing all of it. The heat even melted the outer plastic housing on the opposite side of the radiator from where the heat source is. Most likely we will have the bus towed to a repair shop in West Sacramento on Monday (about 30 miles). At the very least, we will have to have a new radiator & housing installed & repairs made to the exhaust system. We anticipate that the cost will be in the thousands of dollars, & we need for God to provide that somehow. Please pray & put us on your prayer lists & follow along to see how God orchestrates together the circumstances, people, finances, timing, etc. This is going to be exciting!
UPDATE: Monday morning, May 6th -
We had a blessed Sunday, spending the morning at our home church, Napa Valley Baptist in Napa, California, and moved on to the kind folks at Tabernacle Baptist in Roseville, California for a Sunday night concert. We've been blessed so far to have the use of a van from a church in the area. A $100 GIFT TOWARD REPAIRS CAME IN LAST NIGHT FROM AN INDIVIDUAL AT THE CONCERT (IN ADDITION TO SOME MUCH APPRECIATED FOOD & FUEL GIFT CARDS). TABERNACLE BAPTIST BLESSED US WITH AN EXTRA $450 OFFERING GIFT TOWARD REPAIRS LAST NIGHT. AND A FAMILY MEMBER BLESSED US WITH A PAYPAL GIFT OF $500 TOWARD REPAIRS. That's a good start toward the yet-unknown repair costs, & in the meantime, we had at least 6 people put a hand up in services yesterday to let us know they had accepted Christ! God is good! Please keep us in your prayers. Today we begin the effort to get the bus moved from Vacaville to a West Sacramento repair facility. We'd like to avoid towing it, but it may be impossible to drive it any distance without causing more damage. IF YOU FEEL LED TO SHARE A GIFT TO HELP WITH REPAIRS, YOU CAN SEND DONATIONS VIA PAYPAL TO THEDARTTS@MSN.COM OR MAIL A GIFT TO;
THE DARTTS
BUS REPAIR PROJECT
PO BOX 422
GREENBRIER, TN 37073
TUESDAY UPDATE :
So the bus was dropped at the repair shop Monday after closing time. Stoney dropped in this morning to get the ball rolling & get the work order written up. THE TOWING BILL ENDED UP BEING $500, WHICH IS ABOUT HALF WHAT WE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE. We're waiting to hear what the damages & estimates are for the repair, but it was encouraging to see them getting right to work. In the meantime, we've been able to keep the church van from Vacaville for a couple more days, we were blessed with a $25 food gift card from an individual, & someone else called to say they want to apply a payment of between $500 & $1,000 directly to the repair shop when the invoice gets written up. Praise The Lord! Thank you all & please keep praying!

A Note From Tracy - "Wondrous Works" - February 8, 2013

Tracy Dartt We are well on our way into 2013, and it looks to be an exciting new year! God is working in wondrous ways. "Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him, talk ye of all His wondrous works. I Chronicles 16:9"

We started the year with only 3 bookings scheduled for the month of January… and one of them ended up canceling. We were wondering what might be in store… God knew. The first half of January, BJ and Stoney (with the help of so many caring volunteers) moved BJ's folks (Billy and Paula Speer) from Florida to Tennessee, where the Lord provided a wonderful little house for them just 10 minutes from us. BJ's Dad has Alzheimer's disease and they recently lost their home in Florida.

The last half of January, we found ourselves writing and practicing new music. An anonymous donor sent a check to our home church to pay for the start of a new album (It will be our first full album in more than 6 years)! We recorded the instrument tracks at Hilltop Studio in Nashville the last 3 days of January… and they came out great! 14 songs in all, 12 of them brand new and 2 from my solo days.

PRAY! We are scheduled to do our vocals in Nashville in March and we need about $5,000 to finish out the album!

More than 150 bookings set for 2013 so far. 7 concerts done as of today, and 12 people saved so far. God is good! Hope to see you down the road!

Blessings,

Tracy

Breaking News for BJ Speer's Family! - October 19, 2012

BJ Speer BREAKING NEWS for the Billy and Paula Speer family…

This week an individual made the following offer to the Speers concerning 'The Billy Speer Project': ALL gifts that are given or pledged toward 'The Billy Speer Project' BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER 2ND WILL BE MATCHED by this individual. 

In the meantime, Billy had another report from the Dr. showing that his Alzheimer's Disease has progressed further yet again. BJ Speer is expressing that there is a NEED to get Billy and Paula moved to Tennessee as soon as possible. BJ is currently in negotiations on a house for his parents in Springfield, Tennessee, and is moving forward in hopes that God will supply ALL OF THE FINANCIAL NEEDS UPFRONT. At this point Paula and BJ have no choice but to push forward and continue to TRUST the Lord, as they have been through this entire process. Please pray for Billy, Paula, and BJ as they venture down this road and start a new phase of life. "Peace in the Valley" is a song that comes to mind...

If you would like to help Billy and Paula through 'The Billy Speer Project', you can receive a tax deductible gift by sending a personal or cashier's check made payable to: 

 

Billy Speer Ministries, Inc.

(CHECKS MUST BE MADE PAYABLE TO 'BILLY SPEER MINISTRIES, INC.' TO RECEIVE A RECEIPT)

 

...addressed to...

 

BJ Speer 

Billy Speer Project

PO Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

 

Donations can be made online through PayPal by clicking HERE or by using the "Send Money" option on PayPal to send funds to the following e-mail address: 

 

BJSPEER@DARTTMUSIC.COM

 

If you wish, you can access a Paypal payment link on 'The Billy Speer Project' website at www.billyspeer.com or www.bjspeer.com

 

As all of this seems overwhelming to Paula and BJ, our GOD IS BIG and in charge and we know He will provide as He has through their 40 years of ministry. Please continue to PRAY for extra added strength for Paula as she is dealing with so much through all of this. Also for Billy... even though he's not able to comprehend what is going on, pray that he will remain calm and peaceful and not cause Paula grief and heartache. For BJ... he has been working around the clock making every effort to create awareness about Billy & Paula's circumstance and to raise support for his parents, making trips back and forth to help his mom, while at the same time feeling it's God's will for him to continue touring and ministering with The Dartts. He needs strength, peace, and wisdom in the upcoming days to make decisions concerning his folks.

Remember to check www.BillySpeer.com for updates, follow the Speer's journey through weekly blogs shared by Paula in the "Paula's Corner" section of the website, and check out BJ's launch this week of a NEW CD package made especially for the holidays! Also, on November 1st, BJ is releasing a NEW CD called "Billy's Greatest Hits Volume 1"... A collection of songs that have been favorites through the years! This CD will be available for digital distribution ONLY and will be accessible on iTunes and Amazon. All music purchases of the albums you'll find at www.BillySpeer.com will go directly to help the Speers! 

Join us in PRAYING and BELIEVING FOR A MIRACLE!

A Note From Tracy - "Northeast Tour Report" - September 26, 2012

Tracy Dartt (right) with Harold Case (left)     Sunday Morning was our last concert in the Northeastern U.S. for 2012. We had a great time in New England this year. We saw more than 20 salvation decisions on this 4 week trip and experienced some of the most beautiful weather we could hope to have. It was a treat to enjoy temperatures in the low 70's and 60's after an entire summer in the 90's and 100's. The New England trees weren't quite ready to turn yet and we will certainly miss the the beautiful fall foliage this year, but next year, Lord willing, we will be in New England in August and again in October.

     We saw many old friends including Harold and Linda Case. Sharon and I went to high school with Harold, who taught me to drive when I was 17. It's always like being with family when we are with them. Also, we saw our good friend Georgia Boyle, widow of Harry Boyle, who pastored at Grace Baptist in Portland, Maine for many, many years. While we were in Milbridge, Maine, a kind couple brought us some lobsters, which we gladly consumed. We enjoyed some fresh seafood again in Bar Harbor on a day off. We had 2 days off during our 3 weeks in Maine and sang 20 concerts there. Then we were off to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey before heading home. We have a short rest, and then we're off to the midwest for 17 concerts in October. 

Sharon Dartt (center) with Linda Case (right) & Georgia Boyle (left)     Fuel prices have been all over the place. We paid as much as $4.43 a gallon in Connecticut. God is able to provide all our needs. As our friend, Dr. Wendell Calder has said, "We didn't go into the ministry because fuel was cheap". Please pray for souls, for travel, safety, equipment upkeep and finances...(especially for a new album)!

 

God Bless!

 

Tracy Dartt

A Short Note from BJ Speer! - September 25, 2012

BJ SpeerHey Everyone, 

     Thank you so much for the prayers and support! It has been an insanely crazy time for me as I have been making trips to FL - helping my folks, Billy & Paula Speer, as often as I can... It gets tough at times, but God's people continue to pray and His strength sees me through. 

     I just wanted to share this little note and let folks know that we have REFRESHED www.BJSpeer.com as well as www.BillySpeer.com into ONE NEW WEBSITE that will keep everyone updated on all things SPEER. Mom is writing a blog to express her feelings and emotions at home while taking care of Dad and I am keeping folks updated as to what is happening on my end. There is a BRAND NEW CD, "BJ Speer "Through"", available to order online or download on iTunes, an area where you can tell Mom & I where you first heard Dad sing and the impact he might have left or perhaps tell us what your favorite Billy Speer song is... There is a link to help support their ministry as well.

     Also, you'll find info on our Jubilee At Sea Alaska 2013 Cruise! There have been drastic price drops on the Alaska cruise for next year and we hope to see you aboard! Check it all out!! ...and Remember to PRAY for the SPEERS and the DARTTS!

 

God Bless!

 

BJ Speer

Good News From BJ About Paula Speer! - July 29, 2012

BJ Speer     Hello everyone, BJ Speer here. Thank you for your prayers this past week. Things have been so busy and a little crazy as I flew to Florida to visit my folks (Billy & Paula Speer), but then ended up visiting my mom in the hospital for the week! My cousin took mom to the ER last sunday evening for stomach pain. They admitted her and treated her all week for an obstruction in her colon. It was a touch and go week as we heard surgery plans thrown around and then toward the end of the week they were able to treat her WITHOUT HAVING TO DO SURGERY, so we PRAISE GOD for that.

     I was blessed to have a friend from Washington State fly in and help me with taking care of Mom when I was with Dad and then took care of Dad when I was with Mom. I am so thankful for the help that I had in caring for my folks! Mom has just arrived home from the hospital this afternoon (Sunday) and I am so happy that she gets to be in her own bed tonight!! I flew home to Nashville Thursday night after the Doctor gave us a clear answer that there were no surgery plans. I got in close to midnight and got up early Friday morning to put my vocals on a recording that my parents started a few years ago and were unable to finish… I recorded it as a TRIBUTE to the LEGACY of my parents' musical ministry as this will most likely be their last recording project. The recording sessions had been scheduled for a few weeks and I was unsure if I would be able to get from Florida to Tennessee in time to do it, but God gave me peace about it and everything worked out great. I am hoping to release this project by Labor Day Weekend and use the funds to help with Mom and Dad's expenses as their ministry on the road has now come to an end.

     Dad (Billy Speer) continues to lose pieces of his memory on a daily basis. Each day is a new day and some days that's good, on other days it can be exhausting. I am thankful to all who have kept us in their daily prayers and I ask that you please continue. We have a long road ahead of us as we make decisions that will not be easy. We are thankful for God's faithfulness over the years and we know He will continue to lead us through the Fire! Thank you again for your prayers!

BJ Speer

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