Brand New Music…And How You Can Change the World
It’s finally happening.
We’ve watched God transform tens of thousands of lives in 27 nations over the last six years – we’ve seen Him use music to open incredible doors, and we’re more convinced than ever that Jesus’ love can change the world.
It’s been three years and 17 nations since our last CD, LOVE IS WIDE – we’ve translated the music into 20+ languages and watched God use it in incredible ways. And now… it’s time.
We’re heading back into the studio with music that we can’t WAIT to share with you. We’ve chosen to fund the project using a crowdfunding platform called “IndieGogo” because we love the way this type of fundraising brings people together and lets us all be a part of something bigger than ourselves, and we need YOUR help to get the music and the message out.
Please check out our campaign: WATCH THE VIDEO, CHECK OUT THE REWARDS, and consider CONTRIBUTING today. Every gift – no matter how big or small – helps us reach the nations with the message of Jesus. We truly believe that together, Jesus can use us to change the world. THANK YOU, friends – we love you!
Interested in the Deeper Story?
In the campaign video, we talk briefly about watching a young man in Ethiopia respond to Jesus – it was truly incredible. Read the full story below, and enjoy this 5-year old blast from the past!
The young man’s closely cropped Mohawk, skinny jeans, and bright shirt stood out in sharp contrast to the mixture of more conservative clothing and traditional African garb worn by most of the crowd filling the stadium behind him.
But He had just walked out onto the field in a public display of His brand new commitment to Jesus in full view of his friends… About 5,000 of them.
It was the second night of our “Love Ethiopia” Festival in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, and so far it had been a life-changing experience. Dozens of local churches in the primarily Muslim city had worked tirelessly for months beforehand orchestrating the event – workers had set up a large stage on the playing field of the local soccer stadium, and our team had spent the evening engaging the crowd in the glare of the massive stadium lights.
We had spent the week traveling to local schools and universities with professional strength athlete Rick Willison and BMX pros Vic Murphy and Dustin Orem – at each location, White Ribbon Day would play music, the athletes would perform truly incredible stunts, and we would invite the crowd to our weekend festival.
And they had come. Busload after busload, hundreds of students had poured into the stadium, joining thousands of others to experience the festival under the watchful gaze of the dozens of AK-47-wielding soldiers who had taken up defensive positions every hundred yards or so around the top of the stadium wall.
Lots of young people. Lots of skeptics. Lots of peer pressure.
After the infectious rhythms, blow-your-mind vocals, and “I can’t believe they’re filling a stadium with two beat-up old Casio keyboards” sound of the local Ethiopian choir, we played some music, genuinely caught up in the interaction with this crowd of beautiful, passionate people. Rick Willison bent and broke some things that were never designed to be bent or broken. Vic and Dustin flew in the air, doing tricks that regularly elicited “oh my gosh, I’m pretty sure this is going to end very badly,” responses from the crowd. And from us.
And then it was time to share the message.
Our gifted lead evangelist and friend Keith Cook stepped up to share the life-changing message of Jesus. He explained with compassion how every one of us has sinned and separated ourselves from God, but how Jesus loved us so passionately and purely that He chose to die the violent death of a criminal to pay the penalty for our sin and provide an opportunity for us to enter a vibrant, never-ending relationship with God – to experience life the way we were created to live.
Then he invited people to respond – to receive genuine new life in Jesus – and many hands rose. Many people received forgiveness and freedom.
But then he invited people to come forward onto the stadium field to make a public statement of their commitment to Jesus.
And things got more challenging.
This was no small request.
The reality was that anyone trying to reach the field was required to pick his or her way down a narrow set of stairs closely packed with people, pass through a narrow gate in a chain link fence guarded by armed soldiers, and step out under the bright lights onto a field in front of thousands of people in the midst of a culture that often ostracizes those who make commitments to Jesus.
Talk about peer pressure.
But still the young man came forward.
Past his friends. Past his neighbors. And out under the bright lights of the stadium.
Everyone needs forgiveness.
Everyone needs love. And Jesus laid down His life so we could experience both.
Jesus loves us so passionately that He will travel to the far reaches of the earth to bring us the message of freedom. And when we’re desperate enough for real life and love, we’ll walk past any obstacle – we’ll brave any pressure – just to say “Yes” to Him and experience that love forever.
At one point in Jesus’ ministry, His teaching became so challenging that many of His followers began to leave Him. He asked His disciples, ““Do you also want to leave?” His friend Peter answered, “Master, to whom would we go? You have the words of real life, eternal life. We’ve already committed ourselves, confident that you are the Holy One of God.” [John 6:67-69]
Jesus came to heal the broken, forgive the guilty, find the lost, embrace the untouchables, and love the lonely. His message is for everyone, in every nation, and everyone needs to hear it.
And his is why we do what we do.
Since April of 2017, we’ve had the privilege of watching God move powerfully all over the world. We saw thousands respond to Jesus in twelve nations and territories on five continents – we’ve just finished up a packed few months of events in Israel, the West Bank, and across the American South and Midwest, and have just returned from Biarritz, France, where we were helping train the next generation of world-changers at a YWAM missions school. Now we’re preparing for some exciting opportunities to share the love of Jesus in Belize, Pakistan, and across the American Midwest this year.
THANK YOU for helping us share the love of Jesus worldwide. Our vision is to follow God’s leading and help reach as many nations and people as we can with the message of Jesus, and your partnership helps us reach the world together. If you’d like to help, click HERE to partner financially and follow us on FACEBOOK for daily prayer updates from the field.
Zach and White Ribbon Day