Shaun Groves is a musician that has taken on the cause of Compassion and put himself out there as a spokesperson for the organization and their needs. Many, I'm sure, are familiar with the groups of bloggers that he takes each year to different countries, giving more exposure to the work of Compassion and the needs of children worldwide. This year I was GREATLY moved by different posts, specifically those from Tsh of Simple Mom and Emily at Chatting at the Sky on their recent trip to the Philippines. Their stories and pictures were both heart-breaking and inspiring and were burned into my head and heart.
All that preface to say, Shaun is releasing a new CD on August 30 called Third World Symphony ... I'll let him tell a little bit more about that below, but you can preview the ENTIRE album here online before it's available to buy.
He recently gave bloggers the opportunity to ask him three questions and help spread the word about the album, so here's our little mini-interview.
How long as this album been in the making?
To open doors in churches for you to speak about those needs? Is it even bigger than that?
Practically, I can think of no better way than to sponsor a child through Compassion International for each of them. Let them contribute something - even fifty cents - each month to the bill. Guide them to pray for their sponsored child each night. As a family read the letters your sponsored child sends your child. Talk about what they've written. Find their country on a globe and measure the miles between your house and theirs. Have them save up money to send to your sponsored child for birthdays and Christmas. Talk about what they might buy with that money. I remember one of our sponsored children received a goat for Christmas with our money. We had a good talk with our oldest daughter about whether she'd like a goat and why her sponsored child loved it and needed it.
But I don't want my kids only thinking need only exists somewhere else. So I take them to our church's family assistance center every Wednesday to stock shelves, breakdown boxes for recycling, count cans - that sort of thing. And there are always opportunities to serve that crop up - helping mom make a meal for a woman who just got our of the hospital, assisting a teacher in a Sunday school class, manning a garage sale for an adoption fundraiser.
Now, understand please that my kids are just as inherently selfish as yours...and as you and me. But they're farther along than I was at their age. They don't say they're starving when they're merely hungry. When they hear about an earthquake in Haiti they pray for the children living there without prompting. And they're in the habit of giving away some of any money they earn. That's a pretty good start.
Thank you, Shaun, for taking the time to answer a few questions!
If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Shaun's album you can go here and pre-order your copy for $10, or you can snag it on iTunes on August 30.