Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Vlog 14 - 4:30AM

We're kind of tired, so excuse all of the nonsensical rambling...


Friday, March 20, 2009

The War

Yesterday, we played at a show in Chino, CA. During the day we had some free time. We played soccer in the amazing California weather, and ate some chiken fajitas for lunch. We were having a perfectly comfortable and normal day before it was ruined in a beautiful way. The whole band sat in front of my computer, completely captivated and heart broken.

A few years ago I heard about a little film that changed the lives of my friends that watched it. It's about three college guys that went to Africa with no real plan... they just wanted to DO something, and document the stuggles of the Sudanese. On their trip they made an unexpected discovery. For over twenty years a war has raged in northern Uganda. You might say, "What's the big deal? Africa's full of wars, right?" It most certainly IS a big deal, and this war is unique in it's tradgedy.

A rebel army called the "Lord's Resistance Army" has been fighting the government of Uganda for years. They're about as far from the "Lord" as anything can be. They're lead by a ruthless maniac by the name of Joseph Kony. They've been responsible for the death of thousands of innocent lives, including women and children. What makes this war different from all of the other conflicts in Africa?

Over half of the LRA's soldiers are boys between the ages of 10-18. These innocent children are kidnapped from villages at night, and they're forced to watch violents acts. Then they themselves, are forced to murder. Kony indocrinates them and exploits them for his twisted means. These kids are just like any other child in the world.... they have hopes and dreams but their lives have been stolen away by forces of darkness. And there's thousands of children that live in fear for their lives, knowing THEY could be the next abduction.

You might think, "This is something that happenned a few years ago, right? Surley it must be over by now!" Well... unfortunaltely it's not. As you read this, there are children in Uganda & the Congo being kidnapped and forced to kill. Just last Christmas (Dec 25, 2008) the LRA massacared hundreds of people and abducted 160 children! That was THIS Christmas! How can we let this happen? Raise your voice, and let's show the world that these Invisible Children have faces.

What can you do? Well, go watch THIS short film online, and listen to their plan for action. Come on Leeland bloggers... let's DO something!

PS. If you're already familiar with this story... what have you done to respond?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Vlog 13 - Shower Singin'

Hey...

we're in the dressing room hanging out right now. We've been eating M&M's and Chick Fila. Half of the guys got in late today because their flight was delayed due to inclimate weather. Then Delta messed everything up and the guys couldn't get on the plane. They just got in from a 5-hour drive.

Any ways, we're about to go on stage. A little while ago, Leeland busted into the room with his guitar and was like "jack come here!" and I was like... "why?"... and he was like..."there's the awesome shower with a really cool reverb effect! let's go sing!" and i was like... "what are we waiting for?!?!?!"

do you guys enjoy the echo of showers? it's very cool.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Worship with Me...

Hey guys,

It's lee. I have an idea. How about I make a few videos every now and then. They're not going to be really big and produced. It's pretty raw, but basically I just want to spend some time in worship with the bloggers. God's big enough to fill all of cyberspace with His glory. So put on some headphones or get alone and let's seek God together!



Here's some scriptures to think about as we're worshiping...


Psalm 16:11 - "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Ephesians 3:18-20 - "May have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us."

Acts 2:28 - "You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence."

Monday, March 9, 2009

From our Phones


holding our breath in the tunnel


Horsepower! Horsepower people!!!


singing background vocals in the studio




steak and shake... shouldn't have eaten there at midnight


6am airport check in.


Expert packer.


We went to go see the Jo Bros! It was amazing. 72,000 screaming girls. We were screaming too... haha.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Opposite Way Story! Pt 1

This is an inspiring story. A perfect example of how we can go the Opposite Way and show the love of God. Please read!

It's really encouraged us as a band.

-the leeland boys

PS. We're going to start posting more of these. If you come across a story, or hear of one please let us know at: leelandband5@gmail.com