August 30th, 2019

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Hello Friends! Erskin's Upcoming Trip To India.


We wanted to give a quick update and a few details related to our upcoming India trip. In this edition, there exists sensitive material, so please limit the sharing of this information among undesignated groups. India is growing increasingly hostile to foreign faith-groups, and we desire to protect the integrity of the present and future work of our associates there.

Brief History
I started traveling to India once a year, over the past four years. What began as a random encounter, with a group of Indian television broadcasters and pastors, turned into an annual conference called the Indian Christian Media Association (ICMA). The leaders of this organization have become some of my dear friends in ministry, and they have exposed my music and ministry to schools, colleges, and broadcast networks throughout India. It was during these early trips that we began discussing ideas for using marketplace media and programming to advance the gospel in India.
Last year both Kelli and I had the privilege to continue this planning with an extremely adept and committed faith-based group in India. This creative access concept has over the years led to the development of an Artist and Entertainment Academy. We now sense that beyond merely talking about this academy, its time to launch and promote this legitimate business endeavor in India. This launch will require more than a few weeks of focused attention, so we are going to extend our short-term work for this purpose. Here’s what the details look like at this point:

  • Erskin leaves September 19th and returns late December
  • Kelli & kids leave October 9th to return November 17th 
  • Indian base city: Bangalore 
  • Extra travel: Nepal October 21st-26th 
  • Hyderabad November 2nd-8th
  • Shots and immunizations 
  • Family lodging in Bangalore 
  • Nepali visas 
  • Cellphone communication 
  • Travel insurance



  • Support

    If you'd like to make a contribution/love offering, please contact:

    First Baptist Church of Litchfield
    Attention: Lisa Harbaugh

    608 N. Van Buren St.
    Litchfield, IL  62056

    Make checks payable to FBC Litchfield (put a note with it that says for Missions India-Anavitarte family or put Missions India on the memo line!) Contribution statements will be mailed out at the end of the year. Please make sure that your name and address appear on the check, or you give FBC your updated information.


    Attn WI Artists Announcement From Tent America.

    I have been given your name (CSMI) as one of the many organizations that helped with the Tent America 2018 event. I would like to invite you to be a part of the 2019 Tent America event from October 17-19. There are six locations in Wisconsin and I am heading up the Delafield location. We have a facebook page with lots of information titled Delafield Tent America 2019.
    We are looking for 3 kinds of volunteers;
    1. Worship leaders, 1-2 hour shifts
    2. Event Directors, shepherds of the event, 2-3 hour shifts
    3. Hospitality tent volunteers, welcome people, serve them, pray with them, 2-3 hour shifts
    I have a document describing each volunteer position on our facebook page. I have included the worship leader document for your referral.
    Please contact me if you have any questions or want to volunteer for a time slot. We are already scheduling the event.
    Thanks for serving the Lord!

    Tom Schwalbach
    Delafield Tent America 2019




                                       Bob and Scott Baptising a new convert at Bonnaroo


We want to welcome our new CSMI members: Joshua Turner, Ashel Mae, Scott Ziegler, Aaron Rule, Mary Goolsby, James Montgomery, Mark Young, Elscott Layton and Roy Resto, and Brenda Watson.



DATE: 06/14/2019


ADDICTION is a global problem. It starts small and is seemingly manageable.  But it quickly grows in the shadows until light reveals the monster it has become. The members of Root Road are no strangers to this or the battles that result from struggling to break free.  


Addictions come in many forms. One thing is consistent with them all, eventually they leave you lonely and miserable.   It was not until the guys opened up with one another and a loving church community about their personal dragons that they were able to start the healing process.

Their latest single “Dragon Drop” is a Queen-meets-The-Black-Keys-style rock anthem that recounts their personal story of addiction and the long road toward dropping that dragon!

For more information visit Follow the band on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube (@rootroad). Listen to their music on Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music.


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Praise In The Park Ocean Grove New Jersey Report

Mark Young opened the day up with some beautiful and heartfelt worship songs, which the, so far, smallish audience very much enjoyed. Then, as the afternoon went up Pamela and I played for a bit over an hour and, as the weather was nice, but a bit overcast, there were less people on the boardwalk but more people came into the pavilion and we ended up with a pretty good crowd. On the bright side they were very attentive and must have been listening as the song that seemed to keep the most rapt attention this day was I Hope You Like The Heat...(a cautionary tale about God's way or the highway!) Turns out there were more than a few hurting and/or lost souls out there and we all got to witness to many who seemed really eager to hear God's message of grace and salvation. What a great blessing to be afforded the privilege of divine appointments with so many people who REALLY needed to hear from the Lord!
Lee and his band BentLee and the Hellbusters closed the afternoon out with a bunch of rollicking good songs of encouragement, hope, and challenge for the still eager crowd.
A truly blessed day in "God's square mile" on the Jersey shore.
We thank Lee for all his hard work in organizing this event and CSMI for sponsoring. And, we are very much looking forward to our trip to Wisconsin for IMPACT 2019
Grace and peace to all,
George and Pamela


September 7th 2019 Praise In The Parking Lot-Nila Yeo


We welcome all the Churches, Artists, Musicians, and groups across the country to participate each month in our "Stand For Life" day of fasting and prayer whiich is the last Thursday of each month.



Connect 2020 April 3-5 T.B.A.

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CSMI Facebook Page Director-Sarah Wilcox

If you have a facebook article or event you want posted on our national facebook page  please send it to Sarah Wilcox


CSMI Today's Christian Music Director-James Burkhardt

If you have want to be on the Today's Christian Music Program please your request to send

Here is a link to the new Rustic Songbird Podcast a new podcast with Lydia Walker. The first two interviews are available now, including interviews with Erskin Anavitarte and Julie Keltonic.


A Posture of Gratitude -Olivia Conn

I think one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves as believers, is how do I respond when the Lord answers a prayer?   It's so easy to become a spoiled brat Christian.  Like a kid who gets upset because they didn't get what they wanted for Christmas even though they got a lot of other really great presents.   When He answers, sometimes the way we had hoped and sometimes not, either way He is worthy.   Either way He is faithful.   Either way He deserves our praise.     And it's so easy to forget to stop and thank Him.   We hold out our hands with expectation, but forget to hold them up in praise.
 I was thinking the other day about how quickly I turn into an Israelite.    I pray earnestly for something and the Lord provides above and beyond what I could have imagined, but after a while I start to grumble.   I start to become dissatisfied with the thing that was at one point, Miraculous. It's human nature to receive what we want and soon forget.  To fall back into despair when things don't go our way rather than remembering the faithfulness of our Father and all the things He has done for us.   It is important not only for our own faith but for the faith of others to remember.   To stop and acknowledge.   And to share with others in the struggles and the victories.  To join together in praise for the answers we are praying , even if we haven't gotten one yet. To remember the times He has answered and blown us away with the intricate ways in which He weaves together beautiful stories of redemption, healing, fruitfulness, bounty, and provision.   The way He answers even those small prayers we pray that in the scheme of things are probably insignificant.    
Recognize them.   Respond to them.   Rejoice over them.   Remember them.
3 weeks ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.   She is the most amazing gift I have ever received and I can't imagine my life without her.  The Lord answered so many of my prayers with this child, in so many sweet ways that only the Lord could do.     But there are moments, when she is fussy in the middle of the night, it's easy to forget what a miracle she is.   It's hard, it's exhausting, it's a whole new set of worries, and struggles.   But that does not change the fact, or minimize in any way, that she is an answer to so many prayers.   And I remind myself daily to thank my Father for this amazing gift.   To rest in a place of gratitude because it makes the tough moments a little brighter, and the sweet moments a little sweeter.  
It takes intentionality.   A posture of gratitude.  
In Psalm 20 verses 4-5 David wrote
"May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.  May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.  May the Lord grant all your requests."   
David recognized that all victory comes from the Lord. That every victory should be shared and that they should celebrated and praise the one who gave them victory!   
I think we need to stop regularly and ask ourselves, are we acknowledging what He has done for us?  Basking in the grandeur of His goodness, faithfulness, glory, and greatness.  Do we find it impossible to resist praising Him for who He is, for His total worthiness.   He is the King.  He is the All in All.  He is the maker of the heavens and the earth.  Nothing is more important than His presence.   Nothing and no one deserves our full attention and focus like He does.  Absolutely nothing compares to His great love and affection for us. Absolutely no one can fill us like He can. His answers to prayer, weather we understand them or not, weather we can grasp the full reality of them or not, are sovereign and holy.     He cannot lie, cannot fail, He cannot do wrong.  He is a good Father and He deserves all of our gratitude.  


                           April 13,14,15 2019 WI Dells WI.

                                    Wintergreen Resort

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From Erskin:

Have you heard Grace Made the First Move? The song is officially out on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon!

Read more about the song's release here.


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Not In Our Town-Song And Album To Bring Awareness To The Scourge Of Human Sex Trafficking Releasing.



 Gene Schmidt commissioned Grammy nominee Gordon Mote, to recently sing the song "Not In Our Town" as an anthem to bring awareness to the scourge of Human Sex Trafficking. ost top ten albums.
Gordon is honored and humbled by the artists and producers who place their trust in him, “I always try to bring my creativity and do the very best I can.”
The goal of the song is to raise awareness and stir people to be aware of what’s happening locally in their town. Never did we think it would hit in our small community, but apparently small town USA are the communities that these sadistic procurers’ are targeting.
The proceeds from this song is twofold, 50% will benefit the Christian Co-alition who is fighting to shut down these establishments under the 501 C3 umbrella of Adoration Abode, P.O. Box 780, Watertown, WI. 53094 and the other half will be forwarded to 5 Stones ministry who works tirelessly to educate youth and adults regarding trafficking.
Help us spread the word and make a statement to the pimps, falcons, hitmen, lieutenants, and drug lords exploiting our children; to say that we will stand at the gate of our communities and say, “Not In OUR Town”.

Song Download Here:

Album release coming in May 2019.


CSMI Month Of  August 2019 Schedule:

This is the link for the February CSMI events. Please check them out.

The Edge Podcast with Scott Logan

Check out this weekly podcast from CSMI artist Scott Logan who lives in Portland Maine.


CSMI Blog Olivia Conn



Jerry Bryant  Interview On

Today's Christian Music

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One Came Down Radio Interview TCM

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Impact 2019 To Be In WI Dells WI

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Submit Your Video To Talent Watch

Just a gentle reminder to upload your Music Video and Personal Video, so you could appear on our site.In order to qualify as a Music Video, you may do any of the following:

  1. Simple raw footage of you performing
  2. Video footage that goes well with your music
  3. A series of pictures that go along with your music

In regards to the Personal Video, please watch our tutorial video, which is in the 'My Videos' section of your TalentWatch Account. Rachel explains the importance of the Personal Video and gives you great tips. You can also read our blog to get up to speed.

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Praise In The Park Events 2019 TBA

Praise In The Park Michigan 2020

Praise In The Park Wisconsin

August 25th 2019

Praise In The Park Ocean Grove NJ August 2019

Praise In The Park Indiana July 6th 2019 

Praise In The Park Tennessee 2019 TBA

Praise In The Park Illinois 2019 TBA

Praise In The Park Iowa 2019 June 15th 2019

Check Out the new songs from Worship Together and New Song Cafe:


CCLI- Please research all that CCLI offers worship writers and artists.


We welcome Crystal Hott and family to CSMI. They will be our state leaders in Ohio and we welcome John Malala from Kenya.


 Submit Your Song To Worship Leader Here

In Memory Of Chance James

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Courtney Hay

Todd MacDonald

Anita Zuraski

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