On Saturday night, October 2nd, a bright beacon of hope shined on the Nelson Children’s Center as a crowd from all over Dallas/Ft. Worth gathered to show their support and raise funds for abused and neglected children. The Songs of Hope Benefit Concert featured three talented Christian artists – all singing their hearts out to bring God’s message of hope to the hopeless.
The Songs of Hope Concert was made possible by the loving volunteers at St. Peter Lutheran Church, who have made helping the Nelson Children’s Center their mission. They strategically planned the concert to coincide with the dedication of their new church building, located in Roanoke, TX, just a few blocks from Texas Motor Speedway. St. Peter had been a mobile “church on wheels” for the last four years and now finally has a place to call home. How appropriate to celebrate the opening of their new home by welcoming in children from the Nelson Center, who often have no place to call home or family to rely on.
Support and loving kindness was evident in not only the volunteers, but also in the worship-filled performances. Mercy Seat drew everyone to the feet of the Lord as they began with a blend of traditional and contemporary worship songs. Bridgette Hammers followed with an inspiring performance, encouraging everyone to praise God for what has been accomplished through Songs of Hope. Bridgette sang some of her original songs on her newly released album “The Sky,” and donated 100 percent of the proceeds to the Nelson Center.
Joel Engle finished the evening with a phenomenal performance that got everyone moving and clapping. His powerful, personal testimony and story of redemption and hope moved everyone, including the Nelson Center kids. After he performed “Father I Never Had” there was not a dry eye left in the room.
Over $5,000 was raised last Saturday night, but more important than that, hope was raised – hope for the children of the Nelson Center, that people really do care and are committed to helping them succeed. Hope was created for the community of believers that, with Jesus, all things are possible.