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Anazao (an-uh-zay'-yo) Means:
To be restored to life again, To be revived
How they came together is truly God-engineered.
Monty tells the story:
“Prayer". I had been playing my original music at our church for a couple years and began to ask God if this was the route He wanted me to take. I had asked Him, if that was His will, to bring the musicians together he wanted me to work with. Not much after that, I had asked Chris Pugh to play the djembe (which he said he didn’t feel very comfortable doing, because he couldn't hide behind his drum set. Imagine, Chris being shy), then Matt Baldwin and his family began coming to Christ Wesleyan Church and I found out he played bass. I asked him and Chris to help out with another song and a week or two later Mark Staley, a long time friend came to mind for an electric guitarist. Mark agreed to give us a try for a while. After Mark left to pursue a different calling, Josh was a natural fit since we had played together for youth worship services. In 2010, Matt decided move on to focus more on his family, and we were able to bring a new friend, Corey, to fill in on bass. Just the way that He has brought us all together shows God's perfect timing, and how His wisdom is so much greater than ours.
It is more than apparent as much time as these guys put into volunteering with worship services and other church projects that community outreach is high on their heart’s concerns. Whether at a coffee house or local jail, live music is definitely an outlet they use to share their message.
The guys really appreciate the time they have with each other. Monty says,
“We have a great time of prayer for each other and those that are in or lives. We are able to help build each other up and that helps us to do the right thing when times seem to be harder than normal. We are not alone, we have people we can trust to pray for us and keep us in check. Of course, coffee, sushi and camp fires (not necessarily all together) are close behind.”
Chris Pugh, adds:
that “fellowship” is what these guys enjoy more than anything together... He has some great encouragement for their listeners, “Don’t give up on what drives you, That’s God speaking.
Monty says regarding where he hopes to go in the future with this ministry,
“I want to go where God leads me. I want to be sensitive enough to hear His voice and obedient to follow. I don’t know if I feel comfortable or in tune enough to say that I’d like to be in front of 10,000 people, but I hope that I would do it if that was my task. Most of the songs that I have personally wrote have to do with lessons that God have taught me through my obedience and my disobedience. So I would say that most of our songs at this time are dealing with those who are following Christ NOW."