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A Christian rock band in Minnesota says they have received some big breaks, but will face their latest challenge with faith. The group known as Hyland signed a record deal, finished a full length album, and even plans a nationwide tour in the near future. Just as things begin looking up, the band’s hopes took a blow when someone stole their instruments. Keyboardist Ben Early said the hardest thing for him was losing an instrument, he will not be able to replace because the model is not made anymore. The band says they are not bitter. Member Steve Weigel said they would be willing to forgive the thieves if they returned the gear.

Despite the setbacks, Hyland is confident they will be able to promote the new album. They have set up a website, which allows fans to make donations to help with the equipment needs. If all else fails Hyland said they think they could borrow equipment from other bands and complete the tour. Weigel says they are treating the theft as a test of faith, and hope to tour as a step of faith. He added, “We’re just hoping God will provide and we’ll be able to do this tour.”

Elk River, MN Band After Theft: Return Our Gear, We’ll Forgive you,

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/entertainment/local-band-after-theft:-return-our-gear,-we’ll-forgive-you-mar-7-2011, March 8, 2011, Illustraton by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Matthew 6:12 NASB “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

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