Have mercy!

GV acoustic session

What is the responsibility of believers in the world? Jesus spelled it out: ‘I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.’

Global hunger. Up to now it’s been pretty much a third-world issue, confined to the poorest areas of our planet. There have been many humanitarian efforts to combat this problem, with many Christian organizations at the forefront.

But let me be completely transparent on this issue. Fighting global hunger has never been high on my list of priorities.

Oh, I’ve seen the late-night shows about the starving children in Africa or India, and watched just long enough to feel guilty… and then changed the channel. Other times I’ve found myself echoing the popular sentiment of ‘why should we feed the hungry overseas, when we have plenty of folks starving here at home?’ A lame excuse at best… but after making this complaint, I’d still go away and do nothing!

Well, God has been working on getting my attention in this area. In recent months I’ve found myself being reminded of the vast numbers of people that are hungry, and dying… all from a lack of food. A tragedy of epic proportions… and completely preventable.

So what can be done about this? What can Project Onefifty do? Better yet, what can I do? I’m a musician, not a hunger relief worker!

Here’s what we can do! Inspired by the ideas of people ranging from Bono of U2, to my friend Joe Speno with his Music For the Starving Children ministry, Project Onefifty is working on a new music project featuring artists from around the world who share a passion to feed the hungry.

“Mercy Comes Calling” will feature music from artists in Japan, Ireland, and various parts of the US. With the message of hope and mercy as the central theme, vocal songs and instrumental tunes in an eclectic range of styles will be the musical setting. Online sales of “Mercy” will benefit international aid organization Compassion International, and physical CD sales by the various artists at their events will go to local needs in their area.

We know that whatever proceeds generated will be miniscule compared to the enormity of the need. But we know that our responsibility is this: do is what is within our hand to do. All the artists involved in this “Mercy” project are praying that others will be inspired to use their gifts and abilities to help fight this battle.

Want to help? Contact us here at P150 to learn how you can help.

God bless!

GV