Saturday, May 5, 2012

If We Are The Body

Over the past three years, Living Hope has seen a significant reduction in funding from the U.S. government. Rather than lament this turn of events, Pastor John Thomas, chairman of Living Hope, has chosen to see it as an opportunity. After all, the Bible calls on the Church – not the government – to care for the poor and needy.

With health care funding from the U.S. scheduled to be cut this fall, the opportunity for the Church to step up is even greater. With that in mind, Living Hope held a fundraising concert at Nashville’s Brentwood Baptist Church on April 26, headlined by Michael W. Smith (pictured with yours truly). It was a fantastic night that netted more than $100,000 in donations.

But more is needed to ensure continuation of Living Hope’s work with people living with HIV. One way you can help support this work is by shopping the newly opened Living Hope Online Store.

The new Masi Choir CD features stunning a capella vocal performances by Xhosa-speaking South Africans, as well as appearances by Smith, who wrote a song especially for Masiphumelele Township; Jars of Clay’s Dan Haseltine, who sings the South African National Anthem; and Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall, who re-recorded his group’s hit “If We Are the Body” with backing vocals by the Choir.

There’s also Faces of Hope, the book about Living Hope’s work that began more than two years ago. To see this project progress from a mere idea to a finished product has been an absolute thrill – and a powerful reminder of God’s faithfulness and provision.

All proceeds from the sale of these products benefit Living Hope. You can also support Living Hope by making a contribution, either one-time or on an ongoing basis. I hope you’ll consider giving – it’s certainly for a worthwhile cause.