The United By Faith Fellowship will liven up Dead Day with a benefit concert for Heritage Christian College in Ghana.
Vocalists, slam poets and speakers will deliver songs and messages beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Chapel on the Hill. Admission to the event is free.
The event features a capella performances by George Pendergrass, ACU’s director of multicultural enrichment; Samuel Cook, ACU professor of fine arts; and graduate student Josh Kirby and the ACU Gospel Ensemble.
Kenneth Dinkins and Russell Kirby will be performing spoken word pieces and delivering a message from Fred Asare.
Byron Martin, resident director for Mabee Hall, has been involved with advertising the event and helping to work out the details of the evening.
“It’s really going to be a powerful night of praise,” Martin said. “[We’ll] bring the walls down with some great singing and words of God.”
United By Faith Fellowship orchestrated this concert to raise money for the Heritage Christian College in Ghana, a school ACU has supported over the years.
Dr. Jerry Taylor, associate professor of Bible, said the goal for the evening was to raise $5,000 for the school through a free-will offering.
“We will take up a collection, the Minter Lane Church of Christ will be responsible for receiving those funds and making sure they get to the Heritage Christian College Foundation,” Taylor said.
Heritage Christian College will use the money to finish the third story of its main school building.
Martin said he feels like students at ACU can sometimes take their education for granted and sees the concert as a good opportunity to help someone in another part of the world.
“My little dollar doesn’t mean much, but if we have 400 people say ‘I’ll give a dollar; I’ll give two dollars; I’ll skip out on my McDonald’s hamburger and toss two dollars in’ – if we have people who are willing to do that, the difference is momentous,” Martin said.
Taylor said he is expecting a good turnout for the event.
“Whatever we can raise to go toward that would be a huge help,” Taylor said. “Whatever we can give from this side of the Atlantic would be greatly appreciated. I’m thinking we’ll exceed the goal. That’s our prayer.”