This last Thursday I received an email asking if Himself and I would be interested in working a table for Compassion International at a local event.
We will work just about any Compassion event but it is bonus when we don't need to drive all the way down to Nashville.
The concert was a small venue so it was just the two of us working. We've done a lot of concerts so we did a quick 'look over' of the table and were ready to go. We both have Compassion T-shirts because it makes it so much easier to get into a venue, plus we are recognizable if someone has a question. The other piece of equipment Himself keeps on hand is a set of ear plugs as most of these concerts are LOUD.
The Compassion Artist was Matthew Smith. He has a unique style of taking old hymns and putting them to new music. Very nice music. Himself didn't need those ear plugs at all. In fact, I'll be ordering a few CDs off his site after I've had time to review which ones I want.
But the very best thing that happened was about the children of the Compassion program.
A small church, Christ Presbyterian ( http://www.clarksvillepca.org/index.html )
hosted the concert and it was mainly its members who attended. There were about 80-90 adults there.
Sixteen children were sponsored!
OK, at first glance that doesn't sound all that fantastic. But figure the percentage of children sponsored for the number of attendees. It's 18-20%! Bravo to the very mission minded members of this church!
I've never worked any event with that sort of sponsorship percentages. I wish it happened every time...