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2/27/06-
Exciting news! We are in the process of interviewing for the lead singer position and have an excellent candidate. Please pray for him and for us as we make a decision on this. This meeting has been completely an act of God and the heart and talent that this man of God brings could complete the new ministry lead vocal need. We have been interviewing him and he has been interviewing us for the last several weeks. We want to know that this ministry and the candidate is a match based on God's Will. Thank you for your prayers. Also, our site might be down for a few days as we are changing web servers. We should be up and running by the middle to end of this week. God bless you all! -Simonz Mile
2/01/06-
Well, we just wanted to let you know that things are going very well for us. We are keeping this ministry in prayer and allowing God to lead us. As we have let you know in the past, we were going to change the name of the ministry. With God's help, we have come to a resolution on a new ministry name. We are now Simonz Mile. We want to share with you the meaning and mission of this new ministry. Meaning of “Simonz Mile”: Matthew 5:41 states, “If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” This verse is lived out by Simon of Cyrene when, in Matthew 27:32, Simon was forced into service to help carry Christ’s cross to His crucifixion. We all are, at times, asked or even forced to do things that we don’t understand and don’t want to do. Even more, we go through things in life that are not removed right away. But because we do them, we are strengthened and grow closer to Christ through the experience. Our character is developed as the world watches our response to what life brings us. We pray that we are a reflection of Christ. We all have walked and, in the future, will continue to walk a “Simonz Mile”. **If you were wondering, the "Z" is a "creative" move. We did NOT want the name to look like Simon Smile (e.g. simonsmile.com).** Mission Statement: Further the Gospel Message through the platform of music by: (1) Encouraging and challenging the church to strengthen their faith. (2) Give the “lost” the opportunity to encounter Christ for the first time. This has always been the mission of Shadowbox Puppets and we will continue on our journey as Simonz Mile with the same goals driving our motivation. We are relying on the stability that God created in the Shadowbox Puppets ministry. Therefore, as the Simonz Mile ministry grows, we will make it a slow transition. But, in the meantime, the Shadowbox Puppets website will remain (for at least 3 years) and we will create a new web site for Simonz Mile, creating a link between the two ministries. This will create a very fluid move into the new ministry of Simonz Mile. For right now, all email updates will still come from the Shadowbox Puppets website. We have always appreciated your emails to the band and many of you have been gifted with encouragement. The band is VERY thankful for you. Keep being obedient to Christ through that gift. We would also appreciate prayers for Brian Seewald (former lead singer) and his family, as they are still getting settled in Arkansas. May God bless everything they do for the Lord. We are excited about what God has in store for this new ministry. The process has begun to look for a new lead singer. We know God has something special in store. Thanks for your continued support and prayers. Simonz Mile (formerly Shadowbox Puppets).
1/06/06-
Hello everyone!
Happy New Year!
We wanted to email you to let you know that the 3 remaining members of Shadowbox Puppets (Mike-guitar, Michael-drums and Steve-bass), with the blessing of the 4th member that moved away (Brian-lead singer), has prayfully decided to continue in music ministry. We ask for your prayers as we seek to fill the lead singer position. The 3 of us feel led by God to continue the ministry that has been so vital for so many years. Although we are going to eventually change the name of the ministry, the ministry will continue on with the same fervor: a passion for the lost and a passion to encourage and challenge the church. We have come to realized that the 3 of us were not called away from this ministry yet and feel that God has burned an even greater desire to continue on and reach people for Christ. We appreciate your encouragement and prayers. We will, as always, keep you posted with what God is continuing to do in our lives. God bless.
10/20/05-
"This is what the Lord says- your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: 'I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go." (Isaiah 48:17)

Hello everyone!

YES, the Lord directs our paths. And, though this is hard to do, we feel that it is God’s Will for our lives to end the Shadowbox Puppets ministry. God has truly blessed this ministry and we feel so honored to have been a part of such an incredible journey. Our lead singer is moving out of state because God has opened the door for him to be a part of another ministry at another church across the country. As a band, we decided that the ministry of Shadowbox Puppets will not continue on as a band. But the heart of the ministry will continue on in our own lives as God directs us and reveals His purpose and plan for each one of us. We want to thank everyone who has prayed for this ministry and who has supported it through finances, physical labor, and other means. We want to publicly thank our wives and kids for the many sacrifices they have made in the past 6+ years of this ministry. As individuals, we have grown closer to God and that was worth it all. But God did so much more. We know that the Lord used this ministry to see thousands come to know the saving grace of Christ Jesus. Just one saved would have made the sacrifice worth it all. But, God blessed the ministry richly and because we tried to remain faithful to Him, we saw miracle after miracle happen before our very eyes. We want everyone to know that the ministry will end on a HUGE spiritual high. This is God’s plan not human error. The last tour we took was the greatest tour we ever had the privilege of taking. And, we would rather see God end the ministry now, knowing that we gave it 110% to the very end then for us to continue a ministry for selfish reasons. The ministry will end as of December 24th. If you would like to book us for the last time, please contact Brian Seewald at booking@shadowboxpuppets.com or call his cell at 951-415-9968. Thanks again for your love for God.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

-The Shadowbox Puppets

Psalm 63:7-8 "Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me."
09/01/05-
We are back from tour. This was the best tour we have ever taken. Over 300 people made commitments for Christ in a month. This is what this ministry is all about. We were blessed to visit with so many new people. Thank you to all the people that took us in while we were on the road and went out of their way to make us feel at home. God bless you all.
08/23/05-
Shadowbox Puppets are in Indiana this morning. They are headed for Missouri and are going to wrapping up their last week of tour in Arkansas. As of today, 265 people have made commitments for the Lord. Lead singer, Brian Seewald states, "God is doing some amazing work on this tour. And it is a privilege and honor to be able to watch God do His work amongst us." Shadowbox Puppets expect tremendous things to wrap this summer.
08/19/05-
Shadowbox Puppets are on the East Coast and finishing up concerts in that area and then will be heading back down south. God is doing an excellent work this tour. The band claims that this tour has been the greatest tour they have taken and the impact for Christ is outstanding. They just played at a primarily Spanish speaking Nazarene Church in New Jersey. There was no language barrier due to our common faith. It was amazing. They also played in Connecticut for the first time and had an incredible night of worship. Steve (bass player) flew back out to continue to tour with the rest of the band. Steve's Dad is doing great and all went well with the surgery. Thanks for your prayers!
08/14/05-
Shadowbox Puppets from New York City- Tour has been fabulous. We have played for over 1500 people so far and in the first full week of playing events, over 115 people have made commitments for Christ. This is amazing and NOT unexpected. God is moving and we are watching Him change hearts in our midst. Please continue to pray for us and that God will continue to do great things. Also, please pray for Steve (bass player). He will be flying home on August 15th to be with his dad as he goes through a double by-pass and valve replacement surgery and then fly back to continue the tour. Please pray for a successful surgery, complete recovery for Skip (Steve’s dad). And pray for his salvation. Thanks! God is forever faithful. "The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made." Psalm 145:13b
08/07/05-
Our first concert was incredible! Gainesville, Texas knows how to worship. 20 people made commitments for Christ and the worship experience was awesome! On to Kansas.
08/06/05-
Well, we are on tour. It has been interesting thus far. Our bassist, Steve, has not come with us. His father, Skip, has heart issues and is going to have double by-pass surgery. The surgery has been delayed and so Steve has decided to fly out to meet us in Texas. Please pray for Skip, for an easy surgery and quick recovery. Also pray for Skip spiritually, as he needs the Lord and that God use Steve to reach the rest of his family for the Lord during this time. We appreciate your prayers as we believe that God has got great things in store for this tour. Anytime we come across opposition like this, we know that it is just a distraction from what we are truly supposed be doing out here. The awesome part of this story unfolded last night. We booked a plane ticket for Steve and told him that the band would pick it up if he comes out to meet us in Texas, while the medical staff back at home secures a date for his fathers' surgery. Steve is planning on flying back out for his fathers' surgery and flying back to us to continue on tour. A relative of Brian, the lead singer, called him out of the blue and asked him if he needed any money. Brian hesitated and relative persisted on giving him $100. Another relative said they would pitch in $100 to match that $100. Both relatives just felt it on their hearts to help us out financially for some reason. They did not know that we just bought a plane ticket for $202. God is awesome and is our great provider. Praise Him for His faithfulness and for reassurance that we are supposed to be out here on tour. Thanks for your prayers.
07/18/05-
Shadowbox Puppets are making final preparations for their Augsust National tour. They will be on the road for 26 days, traveling from Southern California to the East Coast. Front man, Brian Seewald, states, "God has really orchestrated this tour. We have high expectations of what God is about to do through us. We just need to be held up in prayer as God keeps opening up doors nationally and at home. The future of the band remains in God's hands and hopefully this tour is an indication of great things to come this coming year."
05/21/05-
We had an awesome trip to Park City, Utah and Las Vegas, Nevada. In Park City, we saw about 6 new commitments to Christ and 30 recommitments. It was an awesome time. We had a great time in Las Vegas, ministering at Rock-N-Java. The people there were great. We had an awesome time in worship and meeting new people and other Christian bands.
04/24/05-
Shadowbox Puppets just got back from Reno, NV and Northern, CA. The trip was great. We played 4 different events in 2 days. And, God used us again and the trip, if anything, really encouraged us to stay strong in this ministry. A big thank you goes out to our friends and family in Reno! We always feel welcome there.
03/31/05-

Shadowbox Puppets will be going on their national summer tour on August 5th through August 30th. If you are interested in booking us for this tour, please email us at booking@shadowboxpuppets.com. Include your name, number and email address, and best time to reach you. We look forward to ministering in your area. Thanks for your help. God bless everyone!

03/25/05-
The Shadowbox Puppets winter tour was incredible. We played in Nampa (Idaho), Reno (Nevada) and Santa Cruz (CA). Over 140 people made commitments to Christ on that tour. When we go out on tour, we just pray for opportunities to minister. And God answered those prayers. From situations on the road to our concert venues and even in our relaxation time, God was in complete control. If just one life was affected by God through what we did, we would claim that it was worth the trip. However, we saw so many people make a commitment to Christ and we knew that this trip was God's plan. We appreciate all the prayers that went before out trip.

God is awesome! And we feel honored to be chosen for this task.
 


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