In the Spotlight: Godsend


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Church is the scene for spiritual revival but, for one man, walking into the Living Word Ministry brought a different type of revival – music.

“When music is part of you, it’s part of your heart and your soul. You can lay it down for awhile but it doesn’t matter. You’re always going to come back and pick it back up…”

For this week’s In the Spotlight we are at the Living Word Ministry in Terre Haute listening to
Godsend, a group whose story begins with a pair of brothers and a passion for music.

“My little brother, who’s playing bass for us now, used to play drums and he and I, when it got up to where we were old enough to go out and play, we’d play old sock hops and stuff at the school and different places like that,” explained Garry Thompson, guitar player.

It was this environment growing up that influenced Garry’s son, John Thompson.

“I started playing when I was really young, like three years old,” described John. “My dad and his band mates when I was little you know… they were in the house and playing. I grew up around it you know.”

His family’s love of music eventually would bring John to the Living Word Ministry.

“One day I walked in. Martha was playing a song and Neisha singing,” continued John. “After they got over I asked Neisha who sings that song ‘Is that like a famous person who sings it?’ She said she wrote it and I was like you wrote that?”

“I’d have friends that would come over and say write us a song about this,” Neisha Richey, lead singer, stated. “So it just came natural to me to write music. A feeling comes over me and it’s a god sent feeling. It’s straight from the throne room is how it makes me feel.”

While piecing together members of the band, there was one guitar player that John could think of. Unfortunately, Garry’s career in music had all but stopped.

“As things went on I got congestive heart failure and I got COPD real bad. It just got so bad that I was in the house all the time.”

But it only took one visit to turn things around.

“So as soon I heard them playing I said ok, I’ve got to get the guitars back.”

Like Neisha says, you can put it down but you will always pick it back up.

“I asked these guys the other night if they get lost in this music as much as I do. It’s like getting lost into your own little world”

Getting lost in the music – finding clarity in their lives.

For more information on the band and where they will be playing next, visit their website! provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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