Last night we attended another concert with Steven Curtis Chapman. It was a very emotional and surreal experience again! The last time we attended a concert and met with him was when we were waiting for our precious children from Ethiopia. As I sat in the audience last night holding my precious babies while they danced, clapped hands and enjoyed a wonderful night of worship and fellowship with the Lord, I was overcome with joy and emotion on numerous occasions. SCC's ministry to the church to care for the orphan is such a blessing to experience. As I watched and listened to Steven sing and speak about his heart and passion for orphans, I was filled with gratitude and awe because Shaohannah's Hope gave us a substantial grant that made it possible for us to rescue these children and have them sitting in his audience this night. Jonathan, Ellie, Andrew, Lindsey, Morgan, Beth and Amanda all joined us and were volunteers at the concert. My dear friend Carla and her family also joined us and we were all in tears as we watched these children enjoy this concert knowing that just a few months ago, they were sitting in an orphanage.
At every concert, they take up a collection called "Change For Orphans" from the audience. We had the privilege to witness and partake in this exciting event where they collected $3000 from this audience and then a donor gave another $1000 to bring it to a total grant of $4000. A family was brought up on stage that is adopting an 8 yr. old boy from China. They are a military family with 4 bio children that have been called to rescue an orphan and are already knowing they will be going for a second adoption after this one. What an awesome experience this was. We enjoyed great music that glorified and worshipped the Lord, had great fellowship with friends, and witnessed another orphan rescue. It doesn't get much better.
After the concert we had the privilege again to meet with SCC and crew and we were elated to show him the fruit of his labor and love. We had a very sweet visit with him and rekindled our friendship. He again reminded us that we are invited to his fundraiser in TN this November which we are planning on attending. What a blessing, What a Joy, to be part of such a loving and humbling ministry as this.
May I encourage all of you reading this to attend a concert of his when it comes to your area. It is a night of great worship and blessing! HE is all about LIVING OUT LOUD for his faith, his passion and for our Savior Jesus Christ.