So this last month I was out on the road with Amy Grant on her tour
Amy has partnered with Compassion for a little over 20 years. Together with Synergy ( a great production / tour company in town) they put together a tour that was focused on raising awareness and sponsors for Compassion’s
This program is one of my favorites! And each night I SO enjoyed getting to share stories from my travels about the students I’ve met that have graduated university and are making a difference in their communities because of the work of Compassion!
The conversations each night were amazing!
And. . . the best part is we had one of our graduates from Kenya, Ben Mwangi, a former Compassion Child and graduate of the
Leadership Program share about his journey with Compassion each night!
And entertain us with his stories each day!
And let me just say. . .that never got old!
I was continually amazed watching him not only share his story each night but also watching him talk to people encouraging them to
and send a child through University in their country!
Each night there was a beautiful art gallery that the guys at Synergy put together and . . . I mean beautiful. . .
It was so fun to walk into each venue and see amazing photos and art displayed in the various lobbies.
and if I may take this next little bit of your time to totally geek out for a moment
About half way through the tour I was standing in the gallery ( which I had done every other night) but this night I decided to read the little blurb under a photo I really liked and I TOTALLY had a moment as I realized it was a photo by
One of my all time favorite portrait photographers. And seriously, this picture is stunning.
Amy was doing an ad for the Milk Campaign with Annie in the 90’s and in between shots Annie took a few photos of Amy and one of her daughters.
Okay done with the photo geek out. . .but I want you to stare at the photo for a sec.
Each night Amy & the band made it feel more like a living room then it did a venue
A really cool living room that just happened to be in some amazing venues
but you know what I mean. . .
And halfway through the night Amy would invite Ben up to join her on stage and share his story about
growing up in the slums of Kenya
how he joined Compassion as a boy, excelled in school and leadership and at 18 entered the University in Nairobi and graduated with a degree in Physics.
And now as a graduate he is spending about 9 months here in the states traveling and telling his story in hopes of getting others to sponsor and support Compassion.
Ben would end his story with a great challenge to those there and then he made his debut as a percussion player!
And after each night we would be full from a fun night and full from FOOD! ( and of course great bus conversation)
seriously Justin, our road manager, was pretty much a bus food connoisseur. He was sure to find each city’s . . .
But back to Ben =)
I was like a proud sister. . . So proud of him each night.
I LOVED watching sponsors want to talk with Ben afterward because I watched the story of Compassion become REAL to many many MORE people!!