Free concert set for Sat. to aid African water project

August 4, 2008

Local band, Faith Enough, to perform Jars of Clay music at PAC

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Brandon Densmore, a 1994 Dassel-Cokato graduate, likes the music by Jars of Clay, but what he appreciates even more so, is the group’s cause.

In December, Densmore attended the contemporary Christian music group’s Christmas concert in Minneapolis.

During the concert, Jars of Clay gave a presentation on Blood: Water Mission, a charitable organization the group founded to provide clean water supply in AIDS stricken Africa.

According to the web site, Blood: Water Mission was created after the lead singer of Jars of Clay, Dan Haseltine returned home from a trip to Africa in 2002.

“Haseltine returned overwhelmed by despair, transformed by hope and called to action. He came back with a vision for clean blood and clean water in Africa – blood free of the HIV virus and water free of parasites and bacteria that cause AIDS patients and others undue suffering. He and his band mates envisioned this orphaned continent to be transformed through the installation of Christ’s sacrificial symbols of blood and water,” and through this vision, the band has dedicated itself to serving this mission.

The mission is committed to the 1,000 wells project, with the goal of providing 1,000 wells and clean water projects to 1,000 communities in Africa.

The mission’s motto is, one dollar equals one year of water for an African.

In the past four years, 340 new wells have been constructed in 11 different African countries and have affected the lives of 276,000 people, according to the web site.

What Faith Enough is doing

With a love for their music, Densmore received the rights to perform songs by Jars of Clay in an effort to promote the Blood:Water Mission.

To spread awareness of the need of clean water in Africa, Densmore, along with his band Faith Enough, will be performing a free concert at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center.

The band consists of Densmore’s friends from the Twin Cities as well as some locals including Densmore’s brother, Sam Kampa, who will be on keyboard and providing some vocals, and Ben Rostomily on guitar, with Densmore as lead singer.

Ben Brandt, music director at Elim Mission Church, will be opening for the group, performing his original works, as well.

Also during the concert, there will be a presentation on the Blood:Water Mission clean water project.

“As a body of believers I think it is easy to focus on our own personal journey in Christ. Getting our own affairs in order is a good thing, but passages like James 1:27 (Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world) make it clear that support of the needy should be of paramount importance to Christians. This outward expression of our faith is, after all, an act of obedience that serves to extend the love and mercy that we, ourselves, have received.

“I firmly believe that supporting our African brothers and sisters overseas is a response to that call,” Densmore said.

Through the concert, Densmore is hoping to raise awareness, donations, and prayers for the cause.

The free concert is set for Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. at the PAC.

To learn more about Faith Enough or Blood:Water Mission project, check out www.faithenough.org. Also, to hear original music by Brandt, check out his MySpace site at www.myspace.com/benbrandtmusic.

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