Sep 18 2013

Make A Difference Tour: Nashville

We have just kicked off the K-LOVE Make A Difference Tour in Nashville! Last night we were joined by Love and the Outcome and dozens of K-LOVE listeners, who worked to make a difference for the victims of human trafficking.

In recent years, we have learned about the huge problem of human trafficking; over 27 million people from around the World are victims, many of them are right here in the United States.

Sadly, we found that the victims are often times the “least of these," the Smyrna, TN police chief shared that most of the victims are children. We helped serve at Oneless Ministries, who have made it their mission to help with the rescue of children throughout middle Tennessee. They will provide the care kits we packed last night to police officers that are helping these kids find freedom. The packets are filled with hygiene items, clothing, and a note reminding the kids how special they are.

Love and The Outcome also join us on the show today and will be performing with Sidewalk Prophets at a FREE concert on Thursday night at Rocketown, where we will be collecting food for Graceworks Ministries, who feed children in the Nashville area. 

You can find ways to make a difference with us in Nashville, or wherever you live. For more opportunities, take a look at these sites:

All For Good

Volunteers of America

Volunteer Match

Christianvolunteering.org

United We Serve

USA.gov Volunteer Opportunities

 

Sep 17 2013

Make A Difference Tour

In case you didn't know, we are in Nashville this week, joining some friends for the Make A Difference Tour. We are so excited to be here serving alongside K-LOVE listeners, some of your favorite artists, and amazing ministries such as ONEless and Graceworks, just to name a few. We would love for you to join us!

Today, we are partnering with Love & The Outcome and ONEless to help asemble "care kits" for orphans and victims of human trafficking. These kits will have basic necessities and encouraging scripture messages to be given by the local police to the victims they rescue.  

Tomorrow, we will get together with Francesca Battistelli, Mark Schultz, Phil Wickham, and Hope Clinic for Women. Hope Clinic for Women is a crisis pregnancy support center, they provide help for women, men, and families deal with loss, unplanned pregnancy, and postpartum depression. We will get to serve at their facitility and help with maintenence, gardening, and services to aid these families.

Then on Thursday, Sidewalk Prophets and Love & The Outcome will provide a FREE concert to benefit Graceworks. We will be collecting nonpershible food items that will go to feed children in Williamson County.

On Friday, we will join MikesChair and the Nashville Rescue Mission, following God's command to love our neighbor as ourselves. The Nashville Rescue Mission seeks to help the hurting of Middle Tennessee by offering food, clothing, and shelter to the homeless. They offer recovery programs to those enslaved in life degrading problems.

We will then partner up with Hands on Nashville on Saturday, to be completing improvement projects on over 60 metro Nashville public schools. It's going to be amazing!

So if you're in the area, come join us! We would love to be serving alongside you.

Sep 16 2013

There Is No Room for Racism

It seems like a glaringly obvious statement, yet we still see racism raring it’s ugly head in America all too frequently. Again last night, after winning the Miss America title, Miss New York Nina Davuluri, was the victim of racism’s ugliness.

Nina is the first Miss America of Indian decent, who like her father, aspires to be a doctor. Sadly, immediately after her crowing, social media exploded with racist and hateful comments, even going as far as calling her a terrorist. 

Rather than celebrating, the newly crowned Miss America was forced to defend herself, saying that she would “rise above the comments." and that she considers herself, “first and foremost, American”. 

Racism’s ugly past must be the catalyst for us to continue to strive for change. Over the weekend, in Birmingham, AL., U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was brought to tears while reflecting on the murder of four young girls at the 16th Street Baptist Church that was bombed 50 years ago, that bombing helped launch the civil rights movement. Mr. Holder said, “hate must be confronted and defeated," and Alabama Gov. Robert Bently said that although his state “bears the ugly scars of a turbulent past," he declared, “Today, we choose to look past those ugly scars.”

The church’s pastor, Arthur Price, said the way that we do that is “love our enemies, and practice a love that forgives.” We, as Christians, must lead this charge to ‘confront and defeat racism.'  The words in the Bible’s book of Esther, must be something that we grab hold of, we must realize that, like Esther, “we are here for such a time as this." 

Abolitionist and author, William Wiberforce, in his book “Real Christianity," perhaps said it best, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”