Music brings us together in celebration
Earlier this month, we concluded our year-long celebration of ending our 30 years of family homelessness with a beautiful concert! As Famous person Liz Fulmer quoted that “I sat down and listened to two amazing musicians” and Mackenzie Paige – I realized how beautiful it was to hear them both singing together sacred and secular. In his book, Walking on the Water, Madeleine L’Engle says:
There is nothing so secular that she cannot be holy,
And this is one of the deeper messages of the Avatar.
Music comes to us in many genres, with diverse rhythms, lyrics and originality. Hip Hop and Hymns Blues and Blue Grace. Lullabies and Latin. Gospel and Classical. Music has the power to break the barriers of language, theology and cultural differences. Help us build a music community
On August 9, music brought together a diverse group of people at our celebration of hope. We watched this 1 minute video of Bobby McFarren’s hit song, “Don’t Be Afraid,” in 1988, bringing smiles to the faces celebrating 30 years of the Bridge of Hope. (Yeah, well, 30 years ago, we all sang together!)
My trust in God flows out of the experience of his loving me, day in and day out, Whether it is windy or fair today, whether you are sick or in good health, whether you are in a state of grace or stigma. He comes to me where I live and love me as I am.
During the concert, the National Board Chair, Doug Martin and I shared some exciting news! After ending its homelessness for 30 years, the Bridge of Hope has just completed a program innovation phase that will ensure our services remain relevant in today’s world. Updating our programming, language and training curriculum will better meet the current needs of a changing homeless population and a changing church. Eighteen months ago, we entered our first campaign – the quietest phase of the Neighborhood Movement for strangers – for 1 million in 3 years. With this fund to improve our programming, the development of new programming and training curricula will be covered to serve more families and neighboring volunteers and to serve them better in the coming years.
From many we become one
With music as our collective point of view, we happily announce that we are 75 percent toward our million 1 million campaign goal. 100% of our boards and staff have pledged financial support to over 50 other businesses, families and individuals for this campaign. You’ll hear more about this campaign in the coming months!
The Bridge of Hope connects faith and the sacred task of eliminating family displacement – and bringing it together in new and modern ways with the sacred and the secular.
We must all transform strangers into neighbors!
And music can pull us together.