Music That Makes You Go MAD
Author/speaker Ron Hutchcraft used a catchy phrase to inspire thousands of teenagers: "Go MAD!" which meant, "Go Make a Difference!" Today, it's good to see Christian artists living out this phrase as well. Of course, some music is a ministry in and of itself. Have you ever stumbled upon the right song that gave you peace, encouraged your heart, or spoke truth into your life at just the right moment? I have. But oftentimes, music is the catalyst that inspires ministry to happen after the song ends.
There are a lot of great ministries that are directly propelled by Christian musicians - Compassion, World Vision, Blood:Water Mission, Show Hope... just to name a few. But in the vein of Under The Radar - I thought I would spotlight an underdog organization that deserves some extra attention: the Mocha Club. We partnered with them for a concert event in March and greatly enjoyed getting to know more about their work.
Mocha Club was founded by Barrett Ward as a ministry of African Leadership (an organization currently discipling over 8,000 pastors and church leaders in Africa). For the cost of two mochas a month ($7), a person can offer food, clean water, education, & hope to "the least of these." I also want you to know that they didn't ask for this plug - this is all of my own volition.
Mocha Club sees the power of music, and they have a nice roster of artists who are socially conscious (and have been played on UTR) - like Matt Wertz, Katie Herzig, Randall Goodgame, & Addison Road. This coming weekend I'll be playing music from Mocha Club artist Dave Barnes, with an apropos song about helping those in need, entitled "10,000 Children."
If you're an individual who wants to learn more, I encourage you to visit MochaClub.org. If you belong to a media ministry, you can shoot me an email [firstname.lastname@example.org] if you'd like to help spread the word through radio spots, web video, or banner ads. It might be Mocha Club or it might be another fine organization, but let's continue to build partnerships to "Go MAD!"