So far on this year’s Winter Jam tour, we’ve had great success in recruiting sponsors for children in Holt’s care around the world. But we need to end strong! Less than a dozen stops remain on the 2012 tour schedule, and we have yet to reach our goal of 100 volunteers for each of the upcoming shows in Texas, Indiana and Champaign, Illionis. Volunteers are the key to helping new sponsors get signed up to sponsor a child.
If you live in one of these areas, please sign up today to volunteer. Or, if you know anyone who might like to help out, please pass the message along!
Recently, Nick and Mary Leigh Brown, adoptive parents of two boys from Korea, volunteered at the Winter Jam shows in Chattanooga and Nashville, TN. In addition to receiving free entry and a free CD (which all volunteers receive), they got to go on stage with Eddie Carswell, founding member of NewSong!
When asked why they decided to volunteer, this is what Mary Leigh said:
For Nick and I, it was really a no brainer to volunteer with Holt’s Winter Jam when it came to Chattanooga – even if it meant an hour drive one way. We absolutely love Holt and love the mission that Harry and Bertha started so many years ago. We are honored to help Holt in such a small way as volunteering at Winter Jam. Holt made us a family. It’s the very least we can do to give back (not to mention get to hear an incredible concert!).
It was at the Chattanooga concert that I looked over the sea of faces spread out on the Holt table – all of children waiting to be sponsored – and it hit me:my boys were once faces in this sea too. After the concert, it dawned on me to inquire if our boys had been sponsored. And indeed, we found out that our older son, Bates, had been sponsored while he was waiting for us to find him and bring him home. My son, my Bates, was once a face on a packet on that table. He was picked up by someone – someone who said they would pray for him and sponsor him until he was adopted. This wasn’t just any child – this was my child!
Someone stood in the gap for him until he was safely in our arms, and that was made possible because someone volunteered at Winter Jam!
When the concert came closer to home in Nashville, we of course jumped at the chance to volunteer again. It’s a small way we can make a difference in the lives of these children, just as someone did several years ago for our son!
If you are on the fence about volunteering – or think, “Someone else will do it, I don’t need to” – please, I’m begging you… sign up, volunteer. I’m pleading with you as a mom whose son was sponsored and received top notch care, including a much-needed heart surgery, please go make a difference in a child’s life. You may never know whose child you might be helping!
Mary Leigh and Nick!
Click here now to sign up to volunteer at one of these remaining shows for the year.
Friday, March 23rd, 4:30PM – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Saturday, March 24th, 3:30PM – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Sunday, March 25th, 3:30 PM – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Thursday, March 29th, 3:30PM – Yipsilanti, MI – EMU Convocation Center
Friday, March 30th, 4:30PM – Indianapolis, IN – Banker’s Life Fieldhouse
Saturday, March 31st, 3:30PM – Champaign, IL – Assembly Hall
Sunday, April 1st, 3:30PM – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena