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Can’t get enough of Jars of Clay and Hanson (Celebrating 1000 Wells: Here’s What 1000 Looks Like)

14 May

Yes, I can’t get enough of the Well:Done Celebration. I’m still overjoyed about Hanson and Jars of Clay performing together.  Today, as a subscriber to Blood:Water Mission newsletter, I received an email about the event and here’s what it says:

Celebrating 1000 Wells: Here’s What 1000 Looks Like

Dan on vocals, Steve and Matt on guitars, where is Charlie? Hanson at the back - Zac playing the tambourine

 May 2011

Dear Friends,

On May 10th, over 1200 people came to the Ryman Auditorium to celebrate the 1000 communities and over 600,000 people that now have safe water. Special surprise guests Brandon Heath, Christopher Williams and Matthew Perryman Jones joined Jars of Clay and a talented line-up of friends, including HANSON, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken, Kenyan artist Eric Wainaina & The Mapinduzi Band, and host, Charlie Peacock.
Through the evening, over $100,000 was donated to further the work of the mission, not including ticket sales, sponsorships and generous in-kind donations. Additionally, some individuals signed up to be inaugural Community:Builders, Blood:Water’s new monthly donor program (more info below). Others signed up to learn more about how to get involved through campaigns like Lemon:Aid.
Tennessee’s governor, Bill Haslam (pictured left), spoke at the reception to the fact that his own children brought awareness to him about the water crisis in Africa, and how he is proud to recognize the impact of the work accomplished by Blood:Water Mission.
Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing videos and stories from the evening – stories of how individuals across the country (and the world) have made a difference in the lives of others in the community and have positively impacted the water and HIV/AIDS crises in Africa. Below, the first of these vignettes answers the question, Wonder What 1,000 Looks Like?




Bring long lasting hope and health in Africa: For your gift of $30/month or more (that’s just $1 a day), you will be building the foundation for a healthy future in African communities. We are committed to investing your donations toward the best possible results and taking the time necessary to ensure the solutions will be the most effective for the communities and their leaders.
So far,
  • Over 600,000 Africans in over 1000 communities now have access to safe water.
  • Tens of thousands of Africans have access to adequate health care through clinic, HIV/AIDS treatment & education.
  • Friends in the US are learning how they can make a difference through creative grassroots efforts.
And with your help, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING.
 
Join us in this investment and become a Community:Builder today.  Your support will enable us to confidently DEVELOP long-term partnerships within a region, RESPOND quickly to short-term needs, and GO further into other unreached communities.
In appreciation for your commitment, Community:Builders will receive:
– a Blood:Water Mission t-shirt,
– quarterly stories and photos from the field to share the impact of your partnership, and
– invitations to key events, both in-person & online.
Thank you for your partnership. You are making a difference for long lasting hope and health in Africa. 

Photo Op. All the performers sharing the stage. 🙂

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Something To Smile About: Steve Mason of Jars of Clay is an Arsenal Fan!

11 May

I don’t get to do this “Something to Smile About” post ever since I started with my new work. I said before that I’m going to write something that made me smile every week… it’s my way of “Counting the Blessings” or “Exercising My Gratitude Muscles”. 

I’ve read this quote somewhere: “Life is hard, then you die.” Quite true, so might as well deal with that and see the bright side of things and focus on things that at least made us smile. 🙂

Well, a lot of weeks has passed and I know should make up for those weeks I didn’t write about them. But for now, I’m writing about know that:

My favorite Steve Mason... an Arsenal fan! 🙂

Jars of Clay’s Steve Mason is an Arsenal fan! Yes he is! I’ve recently read an article written by Brian Nixon about meeting Jars of Clay last Easter. He particularly mentioned about meeting my favorite Jars of Cay member, the guitarist Steve Mason. Steve was busy watching a football match between Bolton and Arsenal and was rooting for Arsenal of course (Yey! Go Carlos Vela! 🙂 ). Steve was explaining how he got married to football through his English wife. Sweet!

This is the article:  Easter, The English Premier League and Jars of Clay

I’m just happy to know it. I love Jars of Clay and I’m a football fan too ! This just made me smile. 🙂

More of these, next time. 🙂

Out Of My Hands

19 Nov

“Out Of My Hands is a frightening song to sing because it acknowledges the truth that scares me that I don’t have anything to do with God’s love for me. And I can’t make Him love me more. I want to be responsible for some of that someday. And the truth is, the gifts God has given us, the gifts God has given me, the gifts God has given us, the community, His church are just that, they’re gifts. We haven’t done anything to earn it. “- Steve Mason of Jars of Clay.

Indeed. Well said.

Out Of My Hands is one my favorite songs out of Jars of Clay‘s newest record, The Shelter. I already fell in love with the song the first time I heard it because it just reminded me of God’s love and how things are really ‘out of my hands’ since the start. It’s humbling. I thank God for Jars of Clay’s gift of writing beautiful music since 1995.

Out of My Hands – Jars of Clay

I wasted the rescue,
abandoned the mission.
I’ve failed by my own hand
and watched it all go wrong

You said you could save me
that I couldn’t save myself
You said that you loved me
no matter what I’ve done

When the light is gone
and life is just a day we take
Still the fight goes on
to give my heart away

And It’s out of my hands
It was from the start
In light of what you’ve done for me x2

You lifted my head
Set me apart

In light of what you’ve done for me
This is what you’ve done for me
It’s out of my hands

You grow where the light is
Like trees in the highlands
We’re bent by our own plans
to keep us in the dark

And I act like an orphan
Forget that you found me
but you came like a whisper
and saved me with a spark

When the light is gone
and life is just a dare we take
Still the fight goes on and on
to give my heart away

And it’s out of my hands
it was from the start
in light of what you’ve done for me x2

You lifted my head
Set me apart

In light of what you’ve done for me
this is what you’ve done for me

It’s out of my hands
It’s out of my hands

There’s nothing in the world that I can offer
nothing in the world that I can stand apart

Apart from you, apart from you

There’s nothing in my life,
nothing in my life that you haven’t given to me

It’s out of my hands
It was from the start

In light of what you’ve done x2

You lifted my head
You set me apart
In light of what you’ve done
In light of what you’ve done for me

Ohhh It’s out of my hand x2
In light of what you’ve done for me x2

You lifted my head,
set me apart
In light of what you’ve done for me
This is what you’ve done for me

It’s out of my hands x2
Everything I have Lord
Everything I gave
It’s out of my hands x2

Oh it’s out of my hands




Awesome Jars of Clay video (TWO HANDS)

24 Jun

TWO HANDS by Jars of Clay

I’ve been living out of sanity
I’ve been splitting hairs and blurring lines
I am a house that is divided
In my heart and in my mind

Chorus*
*I use one hand to pull you closer
The other to push you away
If I had two hands doing the same thing
Lifted high, lifted high*

I have a broken disposition
I’m a liar who thirsts for the truth
And while I ache for faith to hold me
I need to feel the scars and see the proof

(Chorus)

And if we just keep digging we can reach the foundation
Of our souls
And if we just keep cutting all the chains from our hearts
We’ll lose control

And it feels like giving in
It feels like starting over
It feels like waking up, and you know it’s coming
It feels like a brand new day
Open your eyes

(Chorus)

Lifted high,
Lifted high

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