By Linda Scherer
The Christian rock band Silent Substitute is on a mission “near and dear to their hearts” helping young children in need.
Performing at a concert this Friday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Middle School, Silent Substitute offers its talent to assist in the funding of the upcoming Harvest Community Church of Winsted’s Guatemalan mission trip in August.
In Guatemala, the Harvest Community Church supports Michael and Kambria Robertson, missionaries with Open Doors Ministry International. The mission works primarily with orphans and medical ministry near Guatemala City.
The House of Hope is a major project the Robertsons are working on which will offer one meal a day and vitamins to the Guatamalan children who don’t always get enough to eat. Tutoring to help with school work and Bible lessons will be offered through the House of Hope, as well.
Silent Substitute band is made up of four brothers and sisters, Meghan, 22, Ryan, 19, Becca, 16, and Willie, 14, who are the children of Michael and Maureen Mahoney of Hamburg.
The family also has three younger children who have been adopted. It is the three younger siblings that have given the four older children their mission and a better understanding of the many children in the world who need to be fed and cared for.
The group has even written a song about their adopted siblings Victoria, 8, Stasia, 6, and Joel, 4, called “Child of the Kingdom” which they will play at the concert this Friday.
The band has been playing together since the summer of 2004.
A CD by Silent Substitute, “Lovely . . . is not as it should be” has been out for about a year and is doing well, according to the group. The CD has 12 original songs the group has written themselves.
The brothers and sisters continue to write all of their songs together and are thinking about another CD.
“We have written a lot of new songs,” Ryan said. “We think we understand songwriting a little better than we used to. We are very excited about the new songs and are hoping to get an opportunity to record them.”
The songs for the new CD seem to have a common theme.
“A message to do something with your life because our time is short about how fast time goes by,” Ryan, spokesperson for the group, said.
Two of the band’s songs were recorded by a company in Iowa recently that offered the group an opportunity to work with them and, “see if it was a good fit.”
The two songs recorded were, “Don’t Touch that Remote,” and “Open Arms.”
Although the idea to team up with the company did not work out, the group is using the two songs to market the band. They have been sending it to different places they are interested in playing at.
Silent Substitute has a full schedule of upcoming events for this summer including one that is in Nashville, Tenn.
The entire family will be driving to Nashville for the show and then take advantage of the occasion for a family vacation.
Upcoming Silent Substitute concerts:
• Friday, June 6, Mission Benefit, Howard Lake.
• Saturday, June 7, Solid Rock in the Park, Pine City, Minn.
• Wednesday, June 18, Blaze 2008 at Parkside Church in Waconia.
• Friday, June 20, Bash on the Farm, Garner, Iowa
• Saturday, June 28, Delano Assembly of God, Delano.
• Monday, July 7, Rocketown, Nashville, Tenn.
• Thursday, July 17, Sonshine Festival, Willmar, Minn.
• Thursday, July 24, Bridgewood Church, Savage, Minn.
• Saturday, July 26, Club 3 Degrees, Minneapolis.
• Saturday, Aug. 17, Pizza Ranch, Waconia.
• Saturday, Aug. 24, Godspeak Festival, Parkston, S.D.
• Friday, Sept. 5 to Sunday, Sept. 7, Statewide Campout, Pillager, Minn.
• Friday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 23, Youth Gathering, Willmar, Minn.