Kenya’s Children Find Hope through Christian Recording Artist Brandon Scott Smith
(ATLANTA, Georgia) -- An opportunity to lead worship at a pastoral conference in Africa led to a life-altering personal mission for Christian recording artist Brandon Scott Smith, who has partnered with Kenya-based Manna Ministries to create the No Hungry Children initiative. The program will directly affect and potentially save the lives of thousands of poverty-stricken children each year.
In 2002, Smith took his first mission trip to Africa, where he led worship for a pastors’ conference in Zambia and Zimbabwe. In two weeks time, he had little interaction with the locals, and the continent’s vast poverty and devastation. But a trip to Kenya for another conference four years later was an entirely different experience. Instead of hotels and missionary housing, Smith stayed with a local pastor’s family, and the less-than-ideal conditions of the poor community were eye-opening. Smith, a father of four, decided to partner with Kenya’s Manna Ministries to help develop a feeding program in the slum schools of Nairobi.
“After seeing the children in the slums of Nairobi first-hand, there was no way I could come back to my comfortable life in Atlanta and do nothing to help these children. My life was forever changed.”
Smith has launched a new initiative to raise $120,000 annually, so that an additional 2,000 children can eat each year, since it only costs $60 to feed a child for a full year.
On May 19th, No Hungry Children will hold a benefit festival at Bergfeld Park in Tyler, TX. The all-day event, sponsored by Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-a, Jason’s Deli and State Farm Insurance, will include a variety of events for the whole family, including food, silent auction and musical performances.
Smith is also donating 100% of the sales of his latest album, See the Glory, to the No Hungry Children initiative. . The first single, “Can’t Get Enough,” is currently being serviced to Christian radio stations nationwide.
”With 100% of the donated funds going directly to purchase the food, it only takes $1 to feed 1 child for 1 week. I still can’t believe how little it takes to make such a HUGE difference. I won’t rest until we’re feeding them all.
For more information, visit www.nohungrychildren.org and www.brandonscottsmith.net.
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