Dynamic Christian artists Geoff Moore, Caedmon's Call and Bebo Norman are partnering with Compassion International this spring to bring music and stories of hope in up to 17 American cities. The tour, "An Evening of Compassion," begins March 7 and will also feature special guests John David Webster and Aaron Shust.
"An Evening of Compassion" began as a vision of Geoff Moore to share the plight of the poor with people through music and to enable them to discover their role in fighting poverty. Moore has traveled to several developing countries with Compassion International and has become a powerful voice for children living in the poorest conditions around the world.
"I am constantly reminded of what matters in life," Moore said. "Working to eliminate poverty is a total 'priority-adjuster.' It shows us how destitute we are without God in our lives. When poverty touches my life when I am involved in helping the deprived I am a better person for it."
Caedmon's Call's release in 2005, Share the Well, was a pivotal album for the group. Traveling the world to witness firsthand the work of two organizations, the Compassion International and Dalit Freedom Network, forever changed the vision of the band and their definition of ministry.
"Our perspective on worship and who we are before God has completely changed," explained Cliff Young of Caedmon's Call. "What we did by traveling throughout the developing world has reshaped our priorities and our understanding of what this life is supposed to be about. Now we have the privilege of sharing our experience with others and challenging each person to do their part to combat poverty."
In the six years of speaking up on behalf of children in poverty through Compassion, Bebo Norman realizes the difference one person can make in the life of a child. "When I met my sponsored child through Compassion International, my life was changed forever. I had the privilege to meet him in Tanzania. I was overwhelmed at first by the sight of poverty. But then I saw firsthand the hope he and his family now have because of Compassion's program."
Dr. Wess Stafford, President and CEO of Compassion International, applauded these artists for their commitment to children in poverty. "Poverty tells children that they do not matter. But with advocates like Geoff, Bebo and Caedmon's Call who encourage people to change the life of a child through sponsorship, we begin to see the cycle of poverty being broken.
"I am so thankful for the friendship of our artists and speakers, and the passion God has given them to challenge people to help little ones around the world. Every person can make a difference in the life of a child and Geoff, along with these other great artists, is committed to sharing that message with people around America," said Stafford.
The "An Evening of Compassion" concert series began three years ago and has helped find sponsors for nearly 5,000 children in Compassion International's Child Sponsorship Program. For more information and tour details, please check out Geoff Moore's web site at http://www.geoffmoore.com.
Compassion International is one of the world's largest Christian child development organizations, working with more than 65 denominations and thousands of indigenous church partners in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Since 1952, Compassion has touched the lives of more than 1 million children and has been recognized for its financial integrity with top ratings and recommendations by several of the nation's leading not-for-profit "watchdog" organizations. For information about sponsoring a child, click the Sponsor a Child link above or call (800) 336-7676, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT.