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Sara Groves performs as part of the 2012 Annual Celebration

Sara Groves Concert and Medical Kit Build

June 19, 2014 | Janie

Our Response is pleased to host Sara Groves in concert on Saturday, September 27. Ever since Sara and her family travelled to Rwanda several years ago, the land of a thousand hills has held a special place in their hearts. We are thrilled to once again look to this amazingly talented and nationally acclaimed vocalist and songwriter to join us in the fight against the devastating effects of extreme poverty in Kivuruga, Rwanda. Tickets are $20 if reserved ahead of time and $22 on the day of the concert. The concert will be held at First Baptist Church of Cambridge, MN, at 7:00 pm.

Sara Groves performs as part of the 2012 Annual Celebration

Sara Groves performs as part of the 2012 Annual Celebration

A special purpose lies behind this event. Funds raised from ticket sales will go towards the purchase of Caregiver Kits supplied to us from World Vision. Each kit costs $22. These kits are essentially backpacks filled with medical supplies to assist those who suffer from AIDS. Volunteers in Rwanda and other countries find them to be wonderfully helpful in their care of patients. Thanks to generous donations from local businesses and individuals we are happy to report that all proceeds from ticket sales will pay for the kits and their shipping. Your ticket will ensure a meaningful evening of musical entertainment and it’s purchase will contribute to a great cause.

Tickets will be sold on a best-available basis in the following ways: 1) Send check or money order to Our Response, P.O. Box 493, Cambridge, MN 55008, 2) Purchase directly from an Our Response leader, 3) Purchase at Scout and Morgan Bookstore starting July 1, or 4) Buy on-line at iTickets. You can also make an additional donation toward the purchase of a Caregiver Kit in the same way.

There is another opportunity to contribute that will cost you nothing more than a little time and effort. As mentioned, supplies for the kits will arrive via World Vision, but they will not come pre-assembled. On the day of the concert, from 3–5 pm, we are looking for 100 volunteers to help put the kits together. Sign up as indicated below and then meet us at First Baptist Church in Cambridge for a fun couple hours of assembly. After you build the kits one by one, you will be invited to write a short note of encouragement to tuck inside each bag. The notes will remind the volunteer caregivers in Kivuruga that they do not serve alone. If you would like to participate in this hands-on way, please sign up at iTickets or send an email to stevefredlund@gmail.com.

I have asked Our Response Director Steve Fredlund to conclude this post so that you can hear directly from him just why he is so passionate about this particular fundraiser. —Janie

Greetings all. I’m so thrilled to have Sara, Troy and their entire family back for the third time to be part of an Our Response event. Their heart of compassion and desire to help people in Rwanda is perfectly aligned with Our Response. What is really special about this concert is that it will directly help the people I have come to love—more specifically, the person I consider to be the greatest hero I have ever met. Florence leads a group of 206 volunteers who walk the mountains of northern Rwanda giving medical care to those struggling with HIV and AIDS. We have built a great relationship with Florence, Innocent, and many of the volunteers in Kivuruga, and we were able to provide essentials, such as rain coats, on our last trip. We asked about their greatest need, and Florence said they are starting to run low on supplies in their medical kits. So we committed to raising the funds to purchase and assemble kits and send them off as soon as possible. This is the heart behind both the concert with Sara Groves and the kit build from 3—5 pm on the same day (September 27). You can do the concert or the assembly or both, but we need to know ahead of time as space is limited. The more money we can raise in advance, the more kits we can assemble, so please consider a generous gift to maximize our impact. If you have any questions, give me a call at 651.587.5435, shoot me an email at stevefredlund@gmail.com, or find me on Twitter or Facebook. I look forward to seeing many of you on September 27! — Steve

Steve reunites with Florence on the 2013 trip

Steve reunites with Florence on the 2013 trip

One of the many AIDS patients cared for by the Caregivers led by Florence

 

A view inside the kits used by AIDS Caregivers in Rwanda

A view inside the kits used by AIDS Caregivers in Rwanda