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CRAZY LOVE: TRAVIS BLACKMORE’S STORY

By May 7, 2017 11 Comments

Travis Blackmore was livin’ the dream. A professional drummer, with a recording contract and traveling the world with the alternative rock band, Manafest

Some Dreams Come True

His late father, Rev. David Blackmore, would’ve been proud. How could he have known when he sat his four year old son on the throne of a drum kit, cranked up Petra and let his son swing away that twenty years later Travis would be touring with his idols.

Travis told Bob Hartman, frontman for Petra, about his late father’s love of Petra and dream for his son.

After hearing the incredible story, Hartman autographed Travis’ album “some dreams come true.”


Travis Blackmore is a likeable guy. Friendly. Easy going. We met at a ministry luncheon in the Deerhurst Lodge in Huntsville, Ontario.

Over a savory burger Travis talked about his passion for music, ministry, tats and his family like we were old friends.


Travis’ Story

In the fall of 2012  I stopped touring and came home to my wife Jessica and our two kids, Israel and Petra. After playing two hundred and eleven concerts in one year I was beat up and jaded from the road.

I couldn’t have cared less about my own spiritual life and wanted nothing to do with church.

A close friend sensed this and suggested we start a Bible study at my house. My internal reaction was, “You’re crazy.” He knew I was a pastor’s kid. Grew up in church. Did time at Master’s College and Seminary and Kingswood University.

Reluctantly I said “yes.”

Crazy Love

He chose Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love for the study. My whole heart, mind and spirit got rocked like I had never experienced. I completely broke down in the middle of the study and gave total, unconditional surrender to Jesus.

It was my “prodigal son” moment.

There’s a section in Crazy Love where Chan talks about reaching out to his “own backyard.” This along with Matthew 25:41-46 rang clear as a bell for me. These verses ignited a calling.

Club Church

I never fit into the church “box” all my life so I partnered with the largest nightclub in the heart of downtown Kingston and held a worship night once a month. We called the event “Club Church.”

God impressed on my heart that this would be a gateway to the homeless, hungry and marginalized. I had performed all over the world for thousands of people at a time. This time I would play my best for the least of these as unto Him (Matthew 25).

Doors began to open and within three short years the monthly Church event became one of five different ministry projects under our registered Canadian charity, “Club Church Ministries.” More than sixty volunteers from many churches and several denominations assist with these vital projects.

Five Projects

1. Project Reinforcementspartners with a major grocer, bakery and two pizza chains. We pick up their donated discarded produce (85,000+ pounds/year); bread (hundreds of loaves/week); pizza (25/day) and distribute these to over twenty three agencies that feed the poor.

The value of the retail goods put back into the community rather than a landfill is $875,000/year. Our goal is to double that.

2. David’s Garden – a four acre charity garden.

3. Cold War – gathers hundreds of winter coats, blankets, socks, etc which we distribute to local  shelters for the homeless.

4. The Embassy Live Music Cafe – opened in 2017, this Saturday night cafe is involved with local music artists in the community. We’re effectively cultivating relationships with marginalized people.

5.  Club Church – we have the potential to expand the concept into Ottawa, Toronto and beyond.

A Greater Plan

I rest knowing God’s plan and timing are perfect.

Since being radically transformed and filled with the Holy Spirit in 2016 I run towards this calling with faith, forever grateful for how God changed me and continues to use me  as a small part of His greater plan.

 

APPLICATION: Please leave a comment for Travis below. Thank you.


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Join the discussion 11 Comments

  • Lisa McLean says:

    Beautiful! I sense there is much more to come. I’m sure you’re Dad is reading this aloud in heaven.

  • Cheryl says:

    Travis, thank you for sharing your beautiful story. Another example of miraculous events taking place when we are obedient and allow God to use us as a vessel to glorify His kingdom. May God continue to use you in a mighty way!!

  • marc dumont says:

    Glad to be able to help you at embassy…your an awesome person…..god helped me when i surrendered…..so now i give back..thats what he would want me to do……..

  • Julie says:

    Praise the Lord, Travis!
    When the Lord calls us and we answer, live gets awesome!
    You are living the life that God has created you for, and I am so blessed to see that you in obedience are living a life worthy of the calling.
    Can’t wait to connect with your amazing family now that we are moving back to Kingston. I felt so at home in KGT… I know that the Lord has brought us back, and I can’t wait to see what He has in store for our family.
    God bless you my friend and brother in Christ.

  • Julie says:

    Praise the Lord, Travis!
    When the Lord calls us and we answer, live gets awesome and does a complete 180.
    You are living the life that God has created you for, and I am so blessed to see that you in obedience, are living a life worthy of the calling.
    Can’t wait to connect with your amazing family now that we are moving back to Kingston. I felt so at home in KGT this Sunday … I know that the Lord has brought us back, and I can’t wait to see what He has in store for our family.
    God bless you my friend and brother in Christ.

  • Ndaté Sylla says:

    Thanks my friend.
    The world need more dedicated person like you.
    Thanks
    God bless you.

  • Avie says:

    Travis there are no words to describe the GOOD you bring into God’s world and how much u have achieved in so short a time. U r a blessing n I’m so proud to know u n to have watched your growth
    Peace

  • Kim Banks says:

    What a beautiful story; I had no idea! Just amazing what God can do when we totally surrender to him!! I so remember those days when some of us teens from the youth group would travel to Hartland to visit your parents, and I can remember you playing those drums at such a young age. I have such great memories of your family and your beautiful parents! I’m sure you guys must miss him your dad so much!! Excited to see what God has in store for you next, Travis!! Blessings

  • Anonymous says:

    Travis I know your mum is proud of you and your father is looking down with a big smile while you take over the where he left off. Keep up the good work.

  • Anonymous says:

    It is so amazing what God does in peoples lives…& you my friend are no exception!! Praise Jesus!!

  • Bob wiseman says:

    God bless travis. I knew your dad when he was assistant pastor in saint john. He was a great guy. Im sure he is very proud of the work you are doing

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