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Dartt News! - Update from Tracy - June 11, 2015

     Well, here we are coming to the end of our time on this tour in Northern California. After our final California date this coming Monday night in Adin, we will have performed nearly 40 concerts here in our former home state. Recently, we flew home to Tennessee for a little break, which included attending our grandson, Rain Forrest Dartt’s college graduation in Indiana. We also flew home in April for our grandson, Taylor Dartt’s wedding. It was wonderful!! Taylor is our first grandchild to be married, and God has blessed him with a lovely and Godly wife.


     It's been a great year so far. God continually blesses us in every way! So far this year, we have had 82 concerts in 9 states, and 100 salvation decisions. Praise the Lord!!! The Dartts were invited to sing in three time slots at the Great Western Gospel Music Fan Festival in Visalia, California, the last weekend in April, from which we received a great response. We've had a few bumps in the road. $1,000 in microphone replacement costs which were covered by the designated donations of 2 kind folks, $1,200 in bus repairs, some unexpected cancellations, and fighting allergies, but over all, we've had safe travel, improved health for Tracy, and provision for our daily needs. Now, as we approach the year’s half-way point, our 2015 schedule has only a few openings left, and we’re a quarter of the way toward our goal of 200 concerts scheduled in 2016.


We are asking prayer for TWO GREAT NEEDS!;

1. FINANCES FOR A NEW RECORDING PROJECT: We have several new songs for a new recording. Now we need the financial provision to cover the costs of recording, travel, & to press the first order of CD’s. The estimated provisions need to cover these costs is $18,000 - $20,000.


2. FINANCES FOR A NEWER BUS: Our current one is now 21 years old and has well over 800,000 miles on it - we've driven it for 10 & 1/2 years & in the last few years we have seen an increase in the frequency of repairs - costing tens of thousands of dollars. There are also some things we need in a newer bus that would be better for Tracy's health needs. Recently, we had the first official donation to our New Bus Fund when a dear sister at one of our concerts designated $300 to the fund. We’re praying for the Lord to provide this need. A Prevost make - entertainers star coach - model XL, XLII, or H3-45 - somewhere around 2007 or newer model year is the ballpark we’re hoping for. It’s quite probable that we’ll be looking at a price bracket of upwards of $300,000.


We thank God for the prayers and support of God's people - that's what keeps us going!

We thank God that we are able to have all four of The Dartts on the road, so far this year!

We thank you, God's people, for holding us up in prayer before the Lord, and for your encouraging words!

Check out our tour schedule here on our website, and come see us when we're in your area.


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

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com


or


Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073


Otherwise, you can;


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

Off And Running! - February 20, 2015

  2015 is off to a great start for The Dartts. Our January/February tour in Florida marks the first extended tour we are all together as a quartet since the end of May 2014. The boys (Stoney and BJ) did a marvelous job as a duet, but it feels great for the whole crew to be together again.

  Tracy is feeling well and singing as good as ever. He is continuing his therapy exercises on the road and is gaining good strength in his legs and back after having 2 spinal surgeries in 2014. He and Sharon are both very happy to be touring and singing once again.

  The Lord has blessed us with 20 salvation decisions this year so far. Our prayer is that 2015 will be a record year for souls saved. We have had great feedback from pastors who have received our new concert-promoting materials - Personal Invitation Printouts, Bulletin Insert Printouts, and Concert Ticket Printouts. Lord willing, this will get people in the congregations more involved in inviting unsaved friends and loved ones to our concerts. When the churches use us as an outreach and not just entertainment, we see people saved.

  Speer Family Update: BJ's Dad, Billy Speer is still under hospice care. He keeps holding on, though hospice seems to think that his time is short. He does not respond much at all, doesn't seem to know who anyone is or where he is. Please continue to keep the Speer family in prayer.

  The Tour Schedule: Our schedule for 2015 is almost complete. We have 186 dates so far. We need 200. We already have 11 dates booked for 2016. Please pray for our schedules to be full and blessed.

  Also, please be in prayer for a provision for some microphone repairs/replacements we still have need of to the tune of about $1,000.

  See you up the road!

Dartt News! - Update from Tracy - December 2, 2014

Update from Tracy!

 

II Corinthians 9:11

Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

 

Having enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday, we have much to be thankful for. The Boys (Stoney and BJ) are back on the road, and now have just 11 dates left to sing before they return home to Tennessee to celebrate Christmas.

 

Tracy’s Health - Is great! He is doing well with physical therapy, and the old legs are coming back. The surgeon will give him a final OK (Lord Willing), on December 3rd, 

and our plan is to have Sharon and Tracy back on the road in January.

 

New Music - Tracy and Sharon have been busy writing several new songs. Looks like we have almost enough for a new album project. SONGS, that is! 

Financing always seems to need another miracle! But, we’ve had many a miracle before!

 

2015 Schedule - 158 Concerts are in the book so far, for 2015. We have dates booked in 28 states, and 3 provinces of Canada. We continue to work toward our goal of

200 bookings, a full schedule for a full time group.

 

Souls - As of this writing, The Lord has graciously allowed us to see 173 Salvation decisions so far this year. (Please pray for a greater harvest in 2015). 

 

Answers to Prayer - Repairs at home have begun, with the very smallest items, of course, but it’s progress! The driveway is next on the list, hopefully in just a week or so.

Please pray that we will see The Lord’s clear direction about staying in this country home or relocating to a smaller, simpler home.

 

As we count our blessings, today and every day, let’s remember - Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17 

 

Let’s remember, and give thanks to our Father in Heaven, Who loves us, saves us, comforts us in our afflictions, and "who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.” (I Timothy 6:17)

Dartt News! - Update from Sharon - October 7, 2014

    Tracy’s surgery on August 19th was very successful. He was in the hospital for 9 days at Vanderbilt, then transferred to Stallworth Rehab Hospital for 2 weeks of Rehabilitation. However, he did so well with his therapy that they sent him home after only one week. 

    Tracy is progressing well; doing outpatient therapy twice a week at Vanderbilt Medical Center. His progress is amazing, considering he has had 4 major surgeries in less than 4 years; his kidney transplant in January of 2011 and 3 spinal surgeries. Within the last week He had his 6-week check-up with the spinal surgeon who was pleased with his progress. He made a couple of adjustments to Tracy's recommended therapy exercises & scheduled him for another check-up at the 12-week mark.

    “The boys”, Stoney and BJ, are doing a wonderful job on the road, while Sharon and Tracy are keeping up the support work at home. Tracy is back in the office, putting in several hours a week, doing scheduling and helping Stoney with logistics. In the 6 weeks since Tracy’s surgery, BJ and Stoney have had over 25 concerts in Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, and Canada. In the month of September alone, 10 souls were added to the Kingdom!    

    Finances are tight, but not critical, Thank the Lord! 

    We do have have a substantial list of important prayer requests:

    Our country home in Tennessee is in need of a number of repairs, beginning with grading and gravel - we park our tour bus in the driveway of our home. This needs to be done before winter weather begins. Tracy’s health challenges and the Dartts’ touring schedule make it difficult to maintain our older home and 3/4 of an acre. 

    A local Christian builder has offered to build us a new home, which would be more suitable for us. We would need approximately $25,000 for a down payment. We are asking the Lord to have His will concerning this.

    Our tour bus has served us well for 10 years, but is now 20 years old. It’s now at the age where repairs come more often and are more expensive. Please pray with us about our need for a newer bus. Through all our years of ministry - 40 plus years, now - every home and every bus has been a miracle of the Lord. He has been faithful to provide EVERY NEED!

    Not the least of our requests is Tracy’s continued need for strength and healing. Our desire is to see him return to his ministry on the road, fully recovered, singing and speaking across the country - For the Glory of God, the blessing and encouragement of God’s People, and for the SALVATION OF MANY MORE SOULS!!!

    Thank you so much to those of you who have kept us in your prayers. You literally keep our ministry going!

Thank you, and God bless you for your faithfulness.

Tracy Recovery Update! 8/28 - August 28, 2014

     This week has been a challenging one for Tracy. Doctors had hoped to transfer him to a physical therapy rehab facility on Monday the 25th, but the day before began a multi-day bout of pretty extreme nausea for him. Treatment to relieve the nausea became necessary early in the week, with doctors placing a tube through Tracy's nose to pump out an excess of bile. 

     In the meantime, doctors have been happy with Tracy's overall progress… his creatinine levels had elevated, but have now receded back to pre-surgery levels, which is good. Tracy's been comfortable enough to allow for downgrading of his pain meds - now just being treated exclusively with Tylenol. His blood pressure has remained normalized through the week and his labs are good. 

     Yesterday was Tracy's first day to get out and walk in the hall, and this morning he started eating well once again. Sharon and Tracy are both encouraged at all the progress and are looking forward to home… BUT before that happens, they are still looking at 10-14 days of Tracy remaining in a physical therapy rehab facility, starting today. Right now they are waiting for word of when to expect an ambulance ride over to the facility - expecting for it to be sometime this evening.

     We appreciate your continued prayers!

Tracy Recovery Update! 8/23 - August 23, 2014

 

     Tracy Dartt continues his recovery at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville with wife, Sharon, staying by his side day and night. Over the last couple of days they have given him multiple platelet and plasma treatments, and they've given him two units of blood so far - all in an effort to get his blood pressure normalized, as it was very low in the first 24 hours of recovery. It does seem to be readily improving.
     Doctors found fairly early on in Tracy's recovery that he was fighting an infection, so they started him immediately on a 7-day regimen of antibiotics. We were glad to hear that blood tests showed NO infection in his bloodstream. 
     During the past 2 & 1/2 days, Tracy has also had a fever, ranging from mild to moderately high, but that also is improving presently. He hasn't been walking yet, as he is still on a lot of pain meds & is week. His appetite has been getting better & he's been able to sit up in a chair some. 
     Tracy and Sharon are both very pleased with the staff at Vanderbilt & thankful to see so many young people there involved with the medical programs at Vanderbilt University who are so committed to doing what it takes to take care of patients in an excellent and gracious manner. 
     Thanks for continuing to pray for Tracy's recovery. It's looking at this point like Tracy's hospital/therapy rehab stay will continue for at least another 10-12 days. 

     Tracy Dartt continues his recovery at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville with wife, Sharon, staying by his side day and night. Over the last couple of days they have given him multiple platelet and plasma treatments, and they've given him two units of blood so far - all in an effort to get his blood pressure normalized, as it was very low in the first 24 hours of recovery. It does seem to be readily improving.

     Doctors found fairly early on in Tracy's recovery that he was fighting an infection, so they started him immediately on a 7-day regimen of antibiotics. We were glad to hear that blood tests showed NO infection in his bloodstream.

      During the past 2 & 1/2 days, Tracy has also had a fever, ranging from mild to moderately high, but that also is improving presently. He hasn't been walking yet, as he is still on a lot of pain meds & is weak. His appetite has been getting better & he's been able to sit up in a chair some.

      Tracy and Sharon are both very pleased with the staff at Vanderbilt & thankful to see so many young people there involved with the medical programs at Vanderbilt University who are so committed to doing what it takes to take care of patients in an excellent and gracious manner.

      Thanks for continuing to pray for Tracy's recovery. It's looking at this point like Tracy's hospital/therapy rehab stay will continue for at least another 10-12 days. 

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.
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