Heartland Church in Paducah, Kentucky will host a benefit concert this weekend to raise money for the Christian disaster relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, which is working to rebuild and repair parts of Kentucky where deadly tornadoes devastated communities in December, according to The Times Leader. The event will feature award winning musicians including Steven Curtis Chapman, Rikky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Jason Crabb, and Larry Stewart. For the musicians taking part in the Kentucky Tornado Relief concert, the cause is close to their hearts as they are from Kentucky themselves and witnessed the heartbreaking effects of the disaster left behind by the tornadoes.
According to The Times Leader, “Chapman said he spent much of his childhood in Mayfield, where his father, Herb, opened up his first music store before eventually opening Chapman Music in Paducah. He recalled working in the first music store as a teenager in downtown Mayfield, right where an EF-4 tornado tore through on the night of Dec. 10. Chapman said he was heartbroken when he saw videos and images of what had happened.” Immediately, he thought of what he could do to support the community and provide them with love, hope, and comfort. Chapman reached out to his fellow musicians hoping that they would join him in helping Kentucky recover as soon as possible. “Chapman said he has seen the power of music and how it can help people who are at a lower point in their life. He said he’s experienced the power of music when he’s felt a broken heart and broken soul, and has experienced what music can bring through his songwriting.”
The performances at the Kentucky Tornado Relief concert will undoubtedly help heal some of the suffering experienced by the members of the community, in addition to raising money for Samaritan’s Purse, which has been working to rebuild communities since the tornadoes first hit. Samaritan’s Purse immediately rushed to Kentucky to help anyone they could by cleaning the destruction and providing necessary supplies, comfort, and prayer. According to Stephen Sneed, the media relations coordinator for Samaritan’s Purse, the organization sent over 3,000 volunteers to help Mayfield, Bowling Green, and Dawson Springs. From December 11 through February 3, Samaritan’s Purse has helped about 900 families in Kentucky who needed assistance in recovering from the destruction and devastation.
The Kentucky Tornado Relief concert is a heartfelt way to not only raise money for recovery efforts, but to bring the people of the community together in a positive experience surrounded by the love of those who care. It is important that those still recovering from the tornadoes know that they are not alone, and have the support they need that comes from sincere compassion and generosity. The musicians performing at the concert know exactly what their audience needs and they will certainly deliver a heartwarming message along with their much-loved music.