Coming Home: Meet The Hamman’s

IMG_3228QUICK FACTS:

Married: 25 years

Kids: 4

Home: Mustang, OK

Time with RYFO: 5 years

Got involved with RYFO by: A dream Tina had in ’92 about servings bands. Years later, at Cornerstone, God made this dream a reality by introducing the Hamman family to RYFO.

Fun Fact: The Hamman’s purchase auctioned storage units and flip the fun finds for income, donations, and personal inventory.

When we first arrived at the Hammans we weren’t exactly sure what to expect. I mean, what can you expect to happen when you pull up to someone’s house after 12 hours of traveling and you are totally exhausted? At the very least we assumed we would be greeted, shown our accommodations, and perhaps fed. However, as soon as we pulled into the drive way we were greeted with smiles, hugs, and a strong sense of coming home (and some awesome tostadas). We both felt like we had arrived home with family and that we belonged.

What a powerful testimony to the presence and peace of our Lord who dwells with and in His children.

Our conversation with the Hamman’s quickly went to deep places and within only a few hours we learned that we had many things in common. Our time with the Hamman’s was a tremendous blessing and completely confirmed for us why God called us on the road. There are many, many things that we could share about the Hamman’s because of how rich and full their lives are being lived. For example, Lonnie and Tina are in the process of preparing 3 sober living homes. Tina currently serves and teaches at a Sober living home and they serve bands on a regular basis. But folks, that’s just the beginning! The Hamman’s serve with every ounce of resource God has given them! We were blessed to witness the gospel in action through their lives and we learned so much from them in a short amount of time. One of the greatest lessons we learned from the Hamman’s was about resiliency.

The Webster Dictionary defines resiliency as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” As we spent time getting to know the Hamman family I can, with totally certainty, call them resilient. They are a family that has overcome so much: loss of several loved ones, loss of personal businesses, family crisis, health issues, worldly darkness, and the list goes on. The Hamman’s have responded to these challenges with grace and toughness. Each painful or difficult story we heard ended in a beautiful triumph. The Hamman’s have not only triumphed over bleak situations but they have truly become “more than conquerers in Christ Jesus.”

As a result of their own struggles the Hamman’s are fully relatable people. There isn’t a “religious” bone in their bodies. The Hamman’s have turned their sorrows into compassionate and heartfelt service toward others. They are living the gospel out loud, and filled with God’s presence. We believe that the following verse perfectly sums up the Hamman family:

“For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “let light shine out of darkness.” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-9)

We are so thankful for this experience and we are well aware that this is just the tip of the iceberg. We believe that RYFO attracts families with this kind of caliber who not only have gifts of hospitality, but naturally live a life of service that mirrors the heart of Jesus. A broken, beautiful jar of clay poured out for the kingdom.

If our time with the Hamman’s is any indication of what’s ahead, we are in for endless treasures and amazing experiences!

Thank you Hamman family for all that you do!

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The Wayward Son

Can you believe it has already been 10 days since we officially launched the RYFO Road Tour? For those of you that are new to our adventure, you can read more about the RYFO road tour here. The beginning of the tour has already proven to be challenging and yet, in the midst of challenge, we have already learned several things.

A few days ago, while traveling an epic 12 hours, I was especially feeling the challenge and difficulty of life on the road. Specifically, I found myself asking the Lord, “why are we living this way?”, “What’s the point of our trip again?”, and “How will we be effective for your Kingdom?”. As the road twisted on and the horizon spanned for miles ahead, I found myself sinking deeper and deeper into these questions and farther away from answers.

Before I could admit how I was feeling, a voice broke the silence. Simeon, my faithful co-laborer (and awesome Husband), received an email from a dear friend who had it on his heart to encourage us. As Simeon read the email I heard the sweet response of Father God to my questions. Our friend had taken time in the morning to pray for us and felt God lead him to a specific verse for encouragement. Our God is so faithful. 

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him,” (Luke 15:20). 

This verse is speaking about the wayward son. The son who took his inheritance early and hit the road. This son lived life lavishly, if only briefly. When all resources were exhausted there was only one place the son could return….home. It’s in the Father’s response to his son that we see the kingdom principle of redemption, grace, and unconditional love. Our Heavenly Father has this heart for us, each of us. Whether we stayed “home” or strayed far from it, our Father demonstrates His radical love for us just the same.

What a sweet answer to my question.

We are on the road, far from home, to encourage, build, and strengthen a network of homes that will receive the wayward son, even if he is still far off. There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of musicians who live life on the road on any given day and they are in need of God’s radical love (and a place to crash with a good meal to eat). RYFO’s network of Host Homes get to be the compassionate arms that wrap around each son, each daughter, and extend the love of the Father. What a beautiful thing.

And what a great reason to live life on the road for this season. To go, to encourage, to love and strengthen these servants. We are honored to partner with God in this way.

Interested in knowing more? Read on for some trip specifics! Stay tuned for more thoughts from the Lohrmann’s as we live life on the road.

RYFO HOMES


QUICK FACTS: 

# of stays: 5

# of hours traveled: 38

States visited: 4

Distance Covered: 1,541 miles

May 4th – Our belongings were packed away in storage and we drove to our first stay with the Schottelkorb’s in San Dimas, CA

May 5th – Our official launch date is delayed due to our A/C breaking down in our car. We experience the first set back and unexpected adventure. However, we get much needed time with family. We also get to pray for our mechanic and bless him. Simeon attends a youth concert and we get to connect with sweet friends in the area.

May 6th, 7th – Car is repaired. We launch the tour and head to Phoenix, AZ. We stay with the Whiten family and experience rest and rejuvenation.

May 8th – We stay with the Fleming family and they host a small gathering where we meet new friends who are impacting the Kingdom in Phoenix. We get to pray for each other and we feel encouraged.

May 9th, 10th – We stay with the Gilbert family in Albuquerque, NM. We visit Calvary Chapel, NM and meet contacts for RYFO. On the drive to Oklahoma, Johanna prays for a server in a Route 66 Diner whose husband is blinded from cancer. Will you pause for a moment and pray for Viola and her husband for complete healing?

May 11th, 12th – We stay with the Hamman family in Mustang, OK. We are blown away by their servant hearts and we have a dynamic time of conversation and prayer. The Hamman’s give us a great “RYFO host home” experience and even take us to a local storage auction! We feel confident with our calling to serve the RYFO network. Will you also take a moment to pray for Lonnie Hamman who is living with partial deafness from hearing damage?

May 13th – We make the trek to Dallas TX and post up at the church, Bethel Dallas, to avoid the severe rain and to spend time with our friend Keegan Sidhu who is also hosting us.

At this point you might be asking, “how’s Judah doing?” simply put, he is doing AWESOME. He is sleeping incredibly well, enjoying each new place, and laughing and interacting with almost everyone we meet. We had no idea he was such a resilient little guy! We have already seen God answer numerous prayers for us.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support, we hope you continue to follow along the journey!

Excited to see all that is ahead!

Judah and the arrow