Nashville, TNÂ TheÂ Williamsonâ€™sÂ returned to the U.S. on June 27 after spending two weeks on a missions trip inÂ Kisumu, Kenya.Â Â Donnie Williamson,Â Lisa Chesser WilliamsonÂ andÂ Karl Rice, along with Donnie and Lisaâ€™s daughters,Â Sadie and Olivia, boarded a plane on June 14 in hopes of spending time with the people ofÂ Kenya and seeing lives changed through the Gospel.Â Â Donnie and LisaÂ confirmed that their trip exceeded expectations. Â While they were there, TheÂ WilliamsonsÂ were busy daily.Â They sang, preached, participated in the Pastorâ€™s Conference, visited schools and witnessed 18,000 people make decisions for Christ.Â The impact on the ministry team as well as the people ofÂ KisumuÂ was incredible.
TheÂ WilliamsonsÂ trip toÂ KenyaÂ was the third missions trip theyâ€™ve taken as a family and group with theÂ Russell Ministry World Missions Team.Â Â Donnie WilliamsonÂ says, â€œWe rely a great deal on Mike and Jan Russell to plan things.Â Iâ€™m thankful to Mike and Jan for being so sensitive to the spirit, even on the routing.Â This sensitivity has always allowed us safe travel and an ability to see Godâ€™s hand in every trip.â€Â In the next few months, TheÂ WilliamsonsÂ plan to continue celebrating the salvations they witnessed during their time there and working with theÂ World Missions TeamÂ to try and get some Bibles sent over to many of the pastors and community members who are currently without.Â When the pastors there were asked what they really needed, Bibles were the one thing they mentioned.Â TheÂ WilliamsonsÂ will also have the opportunity through the World Missions TeamÂ to continue to fund the pastors and the people they impacted during their time there.Â The pastors will go back into the schools and hear the stories of life change that happened during those two weeks.Â Â Donnie Williamson says, â€œThe best stories are yet to come.â€
The Williamsonâ€™s have had a big summer so far.Â In the past year, TheÂ Williamsons have had three songs in theÂ Singing News Top 40, two in theÂ Top 5, and aÂ Singing News #1 with â€œShout.â€Â At theÂ Absolutely Gospel Awards, the group was awarded the â€œSong of the Year.â€Â TheÂ WilliamsonsÂ are currently nominated in theÂ Top 5Â for theÂ Singing NewsÂ Favorite New ArtistÂ and they have also been nominated for five awards in theÂ SGN Scoops Diamond Awards;Â Mixed Group of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Gospel Music Video of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year.Â Soon after these nominations, The Williamsons received a nomination for theÂ Christian Voice Magazine Southern Gospel Fan AwardsÂ forÂ Favorite Album and Favorite Video.Â The WilliamsonsÂ are so thankful for the blessings the Lord has bestowed on them and are excited to see what the Lord has in store in the second half of the year.
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