Thursday, February 17th, 2011
Well, it’s over… this chapter is done, but what an adventure it was…
Special thanks to all of you who were involved in putting together the Swords For Africa charity benefit the past several months and the resulting show at Emens Auditorium on Friday night. It was an incredible journey to help support this mission to Africa, and I feel privileged to have been a part of it. Long walk, part of gift…
I don’t know which was more rewarding - to be involved in the show itself on Friday night, or to be along on the journey for the past several months! Both were a hugely humbling and rewarding process, and I know I have been changed and grown over the past several weeks and months as a result of it! Thank you ALL for everything you have done along the way, and for those of you who came and supported us in the show!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Swords for Africa, it was a charity benefit to raise awareness and funding for Joy In The Harvest Missions to Tanzania Africa. Many people gave generously of their time and resources, and many lives were impacted on Friday night, and many more will be when the mission team travels to Africa in June!
Our theme was
DO the IMPOSSIBLE - CHANGE the WORLD!
This recurring theme in each of our lives came through in our program, and is what Joy in the Harvest is looking to do in their mission to Africa!
Special guests included
- Rupert Boneham, America’s Favorite Survivor, winner of $1 Million and founder of Rupert’s Kids
- Hunter Smith, the NFL’s TOP Punter (10 years with the Colts and last year with the Redskins), and great singer, songwriter, communicator, and a dear brother! Looking forward to doing more with you, Hunter!
- Danny Frasier, the World’s Smallest Elvis (with no legs, he stands 2′ 10″, my good buddy who inspires me and I look up to!)
- Jim Goldman, the Armless Wonder, an incredible Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, incredible sportsman, and dear friend
- Moses Lanham, the Backward Feet Man, and another dear friend (whose car was TOTALLED on the way to the show!)
- Joy in the Harvest Team to Africa
- Dale Mendenhall, pastor of High Street United Methodist Church
We’ve been hearing lots of great comments from people after the show. One lady said “This was the BEST show I have EVER seen at Emens Auditorium! I would have paid $50 a ticket to see that!”
Here are a few reviews of the show from the BSU Daily News:
And for AOL NEWS, we made NATIONAL news!
The AOL article about Friday’s Swords for Africa charity benefit is running nationally this morning on AOL and AOL.com - with pictures and videos of Danny and Jim!
AOL has a subscriber base of 22 million viewers and millions more read it on the web!
AOL Feature writer Marc Hartzman did a great job of pulling the article together! Thought you would enjoy seeing it!
Thanks again to everyone for all your help in making it quite a show!
Do the Impossible,
Change the World!