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I’m exited today to a part of something big: a Blog Tour for Shaun Groves and his new album Third World Symphony.
1st World – Meet 3rd World
Earlier this year I was invited to go with Samaritian’s Purse to Haiti to distribute Operation Christmas Child boxes. This was my first 3rd world moment. I’ve done missions trips with church in the town next door, but have never left my comfort zone and entered what appeared to be a war zone.
Haiti was incredible and life changing for me. From the moment we got out of the airport pretty much all we saw are tents. The earthquake in Haiti made millions of people homeless in seconds and most of those people remain homeless now.
We saw churches that had been destroyed and mass graves, now covered up, holding hundreds of thousands of dead.
I left Haiti thankful for everything that we have, down to the simple things like safe water (and hot showers). Mostly though I wasn’t left with a list of what I have that they didn’t, I was instead left with a list of so many qualities that I saw in these people that we don’t have. These kids are content with an old motor oil bottle with bottle caps as wheels for a toy, where my kids are constantly telling me they are bored in a roomful of toys. Or the wife who is proud of her shelter (tent) and eager to show off the entire one room house and I am embarrassed to show you my messy front hallway.
Today I want to introduce you to someone who was given a very similar experience in realizing how much a 3rd world country can teach us “1st worlders”. Shaun Groves has been a partner with Compassion International for a number of years, sharing across the U.S. the poverty and needs of children and families in other countries.
Shaun recently released a new CD called Third World Symphony that is awesome. Listen to his story behind the CD:
Today only while Shaun spends the day with us, he is offering 50% off the physical CD. Plus each order donates $1 to a Compassion International Fund of your choice: Clean Water, Disaster Relief or Africa Famine Relief.
To grab your own copy of the CD, head over here and use code southernsavers to get the CD for $5. This is only good today and will end tonight when the clock strikes midnight. (Note: this is only for the physical CD not for iTunes.)
You can even listen to the album first:
This whole blog tour is actually a lot of fun, but to experience the whole effect take a look at the other blog stops (Shaun has hit some of my favorites in the past two weeks).