Today's Praise: Spending $2,000 on a guitar can help kids in Haiti
November 14, 2004
A rock band, a Web site and an airman in South Korea have combined to help raise money to build housing for orphans in Haiti.
Earlier this month, the Christian rock group Audio Adrenalin put a bunch of its gear up for bid on eBay to raise money to build housing at the Hands and Feet Project Children's Village.
The effort raised $34,552.43, including $2,000 that Senior Airman Jason A. Haglund bid for an autographed Underdog guitar. Haglund is assigned to 8th Maintenance Squadron at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea.
The airman said the decision started with an affinity for Audio A.
“They are just one of the best bands out today in the Christian music scene,” Haglund wrote in an e-mail. “They truly have a heart for God and you can just tell that they put Him first and want to glorify Him in all that they do.”
After learning about the auction, Haglund checked the items on the Web site and fell in love with the guitar. But the idea of supporting the Grammy Award- winning group’s efforts to help the children made the deal ideal.
“That’s the best thing about this auction hands down,” he said. “The fact that 100 percent of the proceeds were going in support of the plans that the Hands and Feet Project has for the country of Haiti. … In the end, we just pray that God looks upon it all and smiles, as we make a little part of His world a better place for all.”
On the Web: www.audioa.com.
Troops in Europe will get the chance to hear some of Christian music’s best rockers and brightest new stars at festivals in the Netherlands and Germany next month.
The lineup rivals those of many stateside festivals, with Pillar, the O.C. Supertones, Day of Fire, Project 86, Paul Coleman, Barlow Girl, Sanctus Real, Jeff Deyo and Rock & Roll Worship Circus.
The Winter Wonder Rock Festival in Zwolle, Netherlands, and Christmas Rock Night in Ennepetal, Germany, will both run Dec. 3 and 4, with most of the bands switching venues from one day to the next.
Individual tickets for both festivals start at 32 euros for a one-day pass and 55 for two days. Both festivals sell tickets online.
For more information on the Dutch festival, check www.winterwonderrock.nl. Unfortunately, the English version of the site hasn’t been updated since the lineup was nailed down.
Information on the German festival can be found at www.christmasrocknight.de. This site is in German only. Ennepetal is near Wuppertal, about 120 miles north of Wiesbaden.
Fans in Japan will have to settle for remembering old concerts — specifically, Stacie Orrico’s swing through venues near U.S. bases last winter.
The pop star just released “Stacie Orrico: Live in Japan.” Filmed in Tokyo, the DVD includes the songs “Stuck,” “I Promise,” “Genuine,” “More to Life” and “Dear Friend.”
Check it out. Perhaps you’ll see yourself in a crowd shot.
On the Web: www.stacieorrico.com.
Today’s Praise is a roundup of news and reviews from the contemporary Christian music industry. It appears twice a month.