Early Morning Dew
During the late 60's and early 70's a move of God swept across the U.S. As a result, many young people were drawn to Jesus Christ. A whole new musical sound emerged from this 'Jesus Movement' as drums and guitars began to rock and roll with fresh and passionate songs about Jesus. Coffee houses and other ministries began to spring up as places for witnessing, fellowship and worship. It was during this time that high school friends introduced Donna to Jesus Christ. 'Every Saturday night we'd gather at a church hall in town. There were usually about two hundred kids there. The whole thing was run by teenagers. We'd sing, share testimonies, and pray for one another. It was normal to see several people every night be healed or come to know the Lord. We were experiencing a revival and didn't even realize it....' Donna joined the Mustard Seed Coffee House Band and for eight years they led in worship there. Donna began writing songs and sharing them there and in coffee houses, churches, prisons, local TV, or wherever invitations led. She had various opportunities over those years to open concerts for artists like Phil Keaggy, Lamb, Danny Taylor, and Nancy Honeytree. She was asked to work with a ministry in Scotland related to YWAM. She spent three years there involved in evangelism in the schools, in music, drama, and puppetry and teaching on and leading worship at various women's groups, home fellowships, churches, and conferences. When Donna returned to the states, she continued leading worship at her home church and accepting invitations to minister. Donna started working at a new Christian radio station in the area and soon became the Music Director, as well as a part time disc jockey. In 1985 Donna moved to Portland, Maine to help with a church planting effort. It was there that she met her husband, Rick (a Southern Baptist minister), and they started their family. She continued to minister at conferences and at their cell-based church which met in homes. 'The year 1990 was a rough year for us. Rick was out of work due to a major recession that hit New England. And our third child died during birth. I grew a lot during that year, and I realized how deep the love of God really is!' Donna and Rick moved to Louisiana and watched their family grow as two more children were born. They also worked with believers in home fellowships, teaching them how to know the Lord in an intimate way and how to worship Him with all their hearts. The year 1993 brought more changes: a move to Virginia for her husband's new staff position with a Christian missions organization. In Virginia, three more children have been born and the Cain family has found a home at Crozet Baptist Church. Donna serves as a worship leader there for their contemporary service and serves on the Worship Planning Team. Rick serves as a deacon and is helping the pastors pioneer team-based ministry and cell groups for the church. 'I'm really enjoying my life right now,' says Donna. 'I love home-schooling my kids and the closeness and flexibility that affords. I love the fact that all of them are finally out of diapers and the older ones can now babysit! And I love getting back into music again, writing songs, singing, leading in worship. 'I'm currently working on a CD project. I can hardly believe it. After all these years! I'm very excited about it! 'I've always had a passion to see people transformed as they encounter the living God through worship. Music can be a magnet that draws us into his presence and a wonderful medium for expressing our hearts to the Lord.'