Sunday night, we had the opportunity to sponsor a Global Missions Benefit Concert for our four missions partners at HHICC. All the bands performed for free, the food was provided by Harold's Diner, and we accepted donations for all our partners throughout the night.
I've been giddy since Sunday night for so many reasons. I was so thrilled with the turnout for the event. Because we have never done anything like this before, we had NO idea what the turnout would be for this. It was the first time we have hosted a concert in our new facility since we moved in last July. We invited the "Voted Best Band of 2012" on the Island, Cranford and Sons (who Randy, one of our drummers, is a founding member), and a singer-songwriter friend of Cranford, Angel Snow to join our HHICC artists (who opened the night's concert). Brandon and Kim Smith also performed and shared about their ministry, No Hungry Children.
I have a sincere passion to create avenues for artists to engage with the church. I feel very strongly that the "Church at Large" needs to do a better job of this. Last night was a first step for us at HHICC. Doing events like this allows the walls to come down in every way. We find what we can do together and create opportunitues for partnership and new relationships are formed. Oh..and it was like a giant party!
I am so thankful for our team who served, most of them since 7am that morning for services. It was an amazing expereience to see people from all over our Island community, not just our church community, come and support these artists as well as projects to build schools in Belize, feed kids in Africa, and send Islanders on mission trips.
Sometimes as a church, we don't do a very good job bringing the community together. I recognize that. Last night, we DID! It was such a privilege to host it, to participate in the concert with other artists, and share our music together. All of it...to benefit people all over the world who need our help...and we made new friends in the process.
This is not the end...I can't wait to do this again! I look forward to MORE opportunities for us to create avenues for artists and the community to come together here on the Island.