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Help Haiti

On February 27th, it will be one month following the 7.1 earthquake that struck Haiti.

That earthquake was a cataclysmic modern catastrophe with a death toll over 200,000 and counting.

To raise support for Haiti, an all-star cast of musicians is gathering for “Help Haiti Live,” a two-city ticketed concert event taking place on February 27th, 2010 to benefit Compassion International’s Haiti disaster relief fund. The concerts are sponsored by Gaylord Entertainment Company who will provide concert tickets and live streaming at HelpHaitiLive.com.

With extraordinary need still existing in the devastated country, several of the music industry’s finest music artists and bands will participate in two concert events, live from Los Angeles at the historic Wiltern Theater and at Nashville’s famed and Gaylord-owned Ryman Auditorium.   Produced to inspire live concert and on-line audiences to financially support the relief work of Compassion International in Haiti, all talent and production fees have been donated, along with streaming services (Livestream.com), allowing proceeds to go toward Compassion’s disaster relief fund.

Tickets for each event will range in price from $25-75 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations beginning Monday, February 15th, as well as through The Ryman box office: 800-745-3000 or ryman.com, and through Live Nation for The Wiltern.  The Nashville/Ryman concert will begin at 7:30pm CST and include performances by Alison Krauss & Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas),
 Jars of Clay, 
Mat Kearney, 
Dave Barnes, 
Matt Wertz, 
and Brandon Heath.

At the Los Angeles/Wiltern Theater, the concert will be gin at 7:30pm PST and include performances by a special guest headliner (I’m excited to learn who this is!), 
Amy Grant, 
Leann Rimes, Rebecca St. James, and 

All net proceeds from Help Haiti Live will go to Compassion International’s Haiti disaster relief fund. All money raised in response to the Haiti earthquake will be used immediately to re-equip Compassion’s local support structure and to provide for the immediate needs of Compassion-assisted children and families.


About Compassion International:

Compassion has been meeting the physical and spiritual needs of Haitians for more than forty years and will continue to serve them in this time of extreme need. Already Compassion International has supplied more than 15,000 families with clean water, food, blankets, temporary shelter, medical supplies and counseling.  Donations will lay bricks, feed, educate, clothe, heal and rebuild Haiti for many months to come in Jesus’ name.

Compassion International is the world’s largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1 million children in 26 of the world’s poorest countries. Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works holistically through local churches to address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children, enabling them to thrive, not just survive. Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, has awarded Compassion its highest rating “four stars” for eight consecutive years.

Personally, we’ve supported Compassion International’s work with impoverished children for the past 8 years by sponsoring a young girl in El Salvador named Rosa.  Through sponsorship, a mere $38 a month, Rosa has warm meals, attends a private school with special teaching for her learning disability, and she’s learning to love Jesus who provides for all of her needs.

We’ve enjoyed exchanging letters, photos, and drawings over the years with Rosa.  I’m always encouraged to learn about how the Compassion workers are making a huge difference in Rosa’s life…this is a charitable organization that is near and dear to my heart.  One day, my family desires to visit Rosa or other Compassion children by providing open arms for hugs, and to roll up our sleeves and lay bricks for homes–however we’re needed.  One day!

There are several ways to get involved with Compassion International: you could sponsor a child, make a charitable donation to help moms/babies/toddlers in Haiti through the Child Survival program, or participate by supporting the Help Haiti Live Concert on Feb 27th.

To learn more, follow Compassion International’s blog with posts tagged Haiti.

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