five loaves and two fish
"I love the story in the bible about the boy with five loaves of bread and two fish," Perry says. "The boy gives Jesus the bread and fish and Jesus feeds over 5000 people with it. Wow! What strikes me is two things: Jesus' miracle, and the fact that the boy gave everything he had. I think the two go together. I believe that if I give the little I have to Jesus, somehow He'll make much of it."
For Perry his five loaves and two fish are radio, Internet and music. He's trying to use these media to make Jesus known close to home and to the farthest reaches of the planet. "When the waves of Jesus' grace rolled over my life, He put in me a hunger to share this love not only with the people around me but also with people far away and very different from me. I really believe there's grace for the world, not only for the few."
Perry is offering his little in hope that Jesus will make much of it. "I'm trying my best to bring the unconditional love of Jesus to those who've never had a chance to experience it."
With that in mind, Perry works with Frontiers, whose mission is: 'With love and respect, inviting all Muslims peoples to follow Jesus.' Frontiers USA. Frontiers workers are in over 50 countries of the world inviting Muslims to follow Jesus.
"What I'm doing at Frontiers is using my radio and music skills to inspire followers of Jesus to join with God in what He's doing among our Muslim friends." With radio, I produce a one minute feature Cast Yourself In that tells stories of what the Lord is doing among Muslims. Essentially the feature says 'Here's what God is doing. Come join Him!"
Perry continues, "As a singer/songwriter I'm writing songs that share God's huge heart for all people and how we who follow Jesus are invited to be part of what He's doing."
Perry is also co-host of Perry & Shawna Mornings on 89.3 Moody Radio Grand Rapids and often shares about God's heart for the nations on the show. Several of the conversations on the Interview page are from his morning show.
If you are stirred to be a part of what God is doing in the Muslim world, find your role at Frontiers USA.
perry's faith story
Perry says "growing up in northern Michigan worked in me a great respect for the history and culture of native Americans and for the pioneering spirit of the first French and English explorers who came to northern Michigan. I guess part of that appreciation for other cultures and the adventurous spirit that God's put in my life comes from growing up in northern Michigan and has helped shape who I am today."
Perry took his first step of faith when he was 10: "On the school playground in 5th grade I started following Jesus. A sixth grader who was a follower of Jesus said to me 'Perry I hope that one day you can be saved.' And the first thing that sincerely came out of my mouth was 'I am a believer!' In that moment the Spirit of Jesus let me know that I was one of his."
From that point on through his teen years, Perry describes his faith journey as Romans 7:15 years: 'For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.' "I really didn't know how to follow Jesus everyday. I hated sin and wanted to sin. I struggled with lots of secret sexual sins and I was a slave to them," Perry says.
Perry's failures as a teen left him with 'a lot of guilt and shame issues.' In this place of brokenness came a defining moment:
"I had severly sprained my ankle one evening playing basketball my senior year of high school. My friends carried me home and laid me on the couch. I asked my mom to pray and Jesus' presence filled the room. He took away the pain in my ankle, but more than that he touched the pain in my heart. It was the moment in my life that I knew that Jesus loved me unconditionally."
"And out of that experience I said to Jesus 'Now I know you love me, so I'll follow you wherever you lead.' And my life slowly began to change. And now after decades of following Jesus I realize I need his love more than I ever did."
Check out Collision With Grace on the site player for more of Perry's story.