by: Photo by Susan Matheny - Opal and Ron Erickson will be in concert in Madras.

   Musicians Ron and Opal Erickson from Branson, Mo., will be sharing their music and marriage restoration testimony at a concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Madras Christian Church on Seventh and C streets.
   The Ericksons have been married and singing together for 40 years. They met in Macon, Ga., and lived in Kansas City for 18 years raising two daughters. In 1991, they moved to Branson, and in 2000 discovered "snowbirds" in Arizona. So, their music took them on the road into the seniors' world of entertainment ministry.
   Unfortunately, all of their years together were not good years. They went through a marital crisis that nearly destroyed their marriage during 1997-99. They were separated for 18 months with a divorce pending.
   But, they believe, God had a different plan -- the restoration of their marriage, and placing them in ministry.
   The two have received several awards during their musical career including the Duo of the Year award from the Country Hayride Opry in Excelsior Springs, Mo., when they were regulars on the show and Ron Erickson was a musician in the band.
   The were also recipients of the 2007, 2008, and 2011 Duo of the Year award from Branson's Country Gospel Music Association.
   Everyone is also invited to hear the Ericksons sing classic country and Southern gospel music again at a Girls' and Guys' Night Out at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 675 N.E. 10th St., Madras, with dinner provided by Black Bear Diner for $10.
   To attend that event, RSVP to Phyllis at 541-475-6537 by Aug. 17.
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