Two years ago, Hyland was robbed right before a month-long concert tour. The Christian band’s trailer and equipment were stolen, forcing them to ask for financial help.
“Hyland has never before asked for money. Ever. Rarely do we even ask for favors,” frontman Jon Lewis said. “We are not that kind of band. We believe in earning our keep, working hard and paying it forward, but this is different. We can’t just get on the road and make this back. We don’t have anything to sell!”
Band members, Lewis (drums), Steve Weigel (guitarist), Mitch Hansen (keys and guitar), and Ben Early, learned God’s grace and the importance of intentional living.
“It humbled us as a band, really showing us God’s grace, and how much God was in control,” Weigel said. “It made us give up, and say, ‘Alright God, we can’t actually do anything. What can You do?’
“And then, based on the amount of people that gave to us and supported our ministry, it made us realize how much people were invested in us,” he said. “It made us see the responsibility that we had to those people, so we wanted to be more focused and intentional about what we were saying.”
Weigel said the experience made the band hone in spiritually. They learned how to better glorify God through their words spoken to others.
“As humans we spend so much time thinking about what we want to accomplish,” Lewis said. “What do you want to do when you grow up? Where are you going to college?’ We spend our whole lives contemplating our plans, and comparing our plans to our dreams.
“It’s great to know that when tragedy strikes, or when something causes us to lose our focus, God is there saying, ‘I have plans for you. I have dreams for you.’ It’s sometimes hard to see it, but God is there. He has a bigger plan for you than anything you’d ever dream.”