Christian rock band Newsboys has been making using their gift of music to spread God’s word for years now, but when their song was performed by a group of homeless men the band’s frontman Michael Tait was moved to tears.
In the video posted by Meant 2 Live Foundation, the Newsboys lead vocalist and bandmate Duncan Phillips are welcomed to a concert venue by a homeless choir singing their song “We Believe.”
The homeless choir was part of the Helping Up Mission that was treated to a VIP experience at the Splendor concert where the Newsboys were performing and it wasn’t long before Phillips started welling up.
The song speaks of keeping faith in God when we are going through our worst challenges and features the lyrics: “In this time of desperation/When all we know is doubt and fear/ There is only one foundation/ We believe, we believe/ In this broken generation/ When all is dark, You help us see/There is only one salvation/We believe, we believe.”
The performance took on a different meaning when Tait addressed the choir members after their performance and shared his own story with them. One of the singers acknowledged that before they became part of the program, they didn’t have faith.
“We didn’t believe man, we were throwing lives and God loved us,” the man said.
Tait encouraged him to continue on the right path and praised the group for their beautiful performance.
The choir was later treated to a hearty meal and tickets to watch the band perform live to a sell-out crowd.
On A Mission To Treat Addictions
Partnership between Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Helping Up Mission program improves the odds for conquering substance abuse in East Baltimore.
At the height of his career, Tom Bond had a prestigious job, a house, a company car and a big salary. But the Harford County native says he never felt fulfilled by his fancy job and soon turned to drugs and alcohol. After losing several good jobs over a dozen years, he began bartending, a lifestyle that supported his addiction to cocaine. Soon he was also using heroin and eventually became destitute and homeless.
Bond found an abandoned house in East Baltimore, where he lived until he got locked up. His cellmate told him about the Helping Up Mission, a nonprofit, faith-based mission that offers a residential addictions recovery program. Bond perked up. “I didn’t want to spend another winter without a shower or a roof over my head,” he says.
Today, 13 years since that encounter, Bond is not only clean, but as director of programs for the mission, he’s helped thousands of other homeless men to reclaim their lives through the shelter’s 12-step recovery program, daily classes, and career and spiritual guidance. And for the past several years, Bond and treatment coordinator Michael Gray—another recovering addict—have shored up the mission’s efforts through a partnership with Johns Hopkins addictions experts, who come to the site daily to provide supplemental care.
Launched in 2012, in response to the mission’s request for Johns Hopkins addictions expertise, the Cornerstone Program merges…
Read the full article in Brainwise, Johns Hopkins’ psychiatry periodical.
Download the PDF version here: Hopkins BrainWise Winter 2016-10
**UPDATE** Check out the video Hopkins produced to accompany the feature article:
Our men enjoying the opportunity to serve within our community. Recently, several program members volunteered to help our neighbors from Pleasantview Gardens prepare for their community day.
Like most guys here in our 12-month residential Spiritual Recovery Program, Les started using drugs as a teenager and chemicals eventually took over his life. But, at 32, he’s on the younger side of our average age of 39 and one of only 10% here who served in the US military.
Also, like so many who come here, Les was ready for a change and settled in quickly. And the good news for him was that his loved ones stuck with him through it all – as the families of most guys here do, as well.
Not much different than others, Les also arrived here with some serious legal issues. I watched him prepare himself for each court hearing – trusting God to do what was best – and then heard his sincere gratitude each time God brought him back to Helping Up Mission.
Like most of the guys here, Les is also a bright and capable guy who makes good decisions when he’s clean and focused. He now has a pretty bright future, too! And, as a HUM grad, Les is ready to step out and get started!
It will work for him…
…One Day at a Time,
Pastor Gary Byers