Appreciation post: My Squad aka “Team U.S.A.” aka “The Dream Team” aka “Gold Squad”. Last night was the last concert I put on for a long while as God is preparing me for other things. However, I want to take this time to say thank you to these very special men in my life. ✝️
From LEFT to RIGHT: Hartman Laupati, Guitar/Vocals. Special Needs Teacher. Santa Clara, CA.▪️Edson Verde, Guitar/Vocals. Rad-Tech. Orange County, CA.▪️Mike Tomas, Bass Guitar. Jr. Academy Principal/AD. Visalia, CA.▪️PJ Laupati, Percussion/Vocals. Retail/Sales. Menlo Park, CA.▪️me▪️ Duke Sagapolutele, Ukulele/Vocals. P.E. Teacher/Volleyball Coach. Menlo Park, CA.▪️ Phillip Sagapolutele, Stage Manager. Nursing Student/Chef. Menlo Park, CA.▪️ (not pictured) James Esposo, Guitar. E.R. Nurse. Clovis, CA.▪️(not pictured) Jason Macapulay, Ukulele/Bass/Guitar, Nurse/Entertainer, Kahului, HI
Reading over what we do, and where we come from, you can understand how much I appreciate these men. Coming from all over California to share the gospel of Jesus in song. Each one brings their own unique personality, and musical style along with a unique sense of humor that helps us to not only encourage each other, but lift up God in praise. I can count on one hand how many times these men were not able to do a concert with me. Our regular jobs take up much of our time but it is the love for sharing Jesus with others, and doing it in a medium we enjoy, that gives us a reason to make time for the gospel work. No amount of money, food, hilarious jokes, or “thank you“‘s that I can give that will ever be enough to truly show how much I am blessed by each one of them. My brothers. My long-time friends. My fellow missionaries. My squad. May God continue to enrich your lives, overwhelm you with blessings, and use you for his glory. Thank you for all that you do.
I look forward to being able to rest, and bring new material, to share even more about the Jesus we serve. Be well my brothers, and keep in touch. I love you all and I am grateful that you were in my life. Soifua.
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