On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38)
When I went to shoot photos for this article, I was honestly thinking of how I could help or encourage Kat and Jared in their music and ministry. I quickly learned that they were never focused on themselves and what they could gain. Instead, I watched them effortlessly encourage and pour into others, including me. They stopped what they were doing to hear a man ask for guidance in a situation with his former wife. Their entire group took the time to speak with and pray for another fan who had recently been living in her car. They even took group prayer time to pray over my daughter. All I could do was be constantly reminded of the verse above in John and how when someone thirsts so much for the Lord, living waters pour out of their hearts and in turn encourages things to grow. All I felt was a genuine love, one that was contagious and comforting.
Kat and Jared, a husband and wife musical duo, spend their time cultivating their land in Texas, raising 2 beautiful children and focusing on “doing life together.” “We believe it’s our calling to pour into the lives of others, it’s something we want to do. God works through willing hearts. It’s really one of our greatest joys to empower other people,” Kat explained.
To be honest, people can easily say beautiful things like this. Actually putting these hopeful words and positive goals into action is something that can literally impact a person’s life and is a testament of their character and true faith. Kat and Jared have found a key to a successful ministry: to be so contagious in the out-pouring of God’s love that people want more of it. The lost and broken would do anything to know it for themselves. I have never personally experienced this contagious encouragement as much as I did from interacting and spending the day with Kat, Jared and the entire group working with them. I was constantly thinking, “how can I learn to do that?”
Kat elaborated on their process of producing effortless fruit like the Bible says we should. “John 15:1 – 17 is a key passage that we live by.” In this reading, Jesus tells us the parable about Him being the vine and we are the branches. Verse 5 states “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” The parable ends by Jesus telling us of His love for us and how we must do the same for each other. “This is my command: Love each other.” (17)
One way to show love, is to spend time with each other and this is what Kat suggested anyone do. She and Jared are dedicated to spending time with anyone who crosses their path. With these people, they converse, pray and obey as the Lord directs them. Besides spending time with people, they make the time for Jesus a priority. “We focus on developing a friendship with God, and from that relationship flows the life and heart of our ministry. We spend time with Him every day, like we would a friend. We don’t talk the whole time, we listen too, but we do keep a constant dialogue going with Him. We’re always wanting to know what He thinks about situations, people, etc… He willingly fills us up when we look to Him.”
In aiming to see everyone as God does, she continued to explain, “We are set on being positive people and look for the gold in everyone. When you aim to love people like that, your heart is open to hear more from the Lord because you can only minister to what and who you love.”
This article was written and photographed by Nadine Gillespie and edited by Asha Schein