Praise concert to benefit Japan's earthquake victims

Thursday, March 24, 2011

First Christian Church (FCC) of Cassville will host a praise concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. The event, which will be held in the FCC Faith Center, will benefit the Mustard Seed Global Fellowship relief effort in Japan.

Andy Schroeder, a former youth minister at First Christian Church, and his praise group One5Oh! will provide entertainment for the benefit.

Funds raised at the concert will be sent to a front-line mission group that is already on the ground in Japan surveying the needs of the people impacted by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

Schroeder recently felt the need to reunite the group One5Oh! to raise awareness about hunger needs locally and around the world.

"We actually had the concert scheduled before the earthquake in Japan," said Mark Smith, an elder with First Christian Church. "The church is underwriting the cost of the group to perform the concert. So all proceeds from the concert will directly help those people most in need."

Former youth ministers Jay Greer and Seth Phillips and their wives left First Christian Church of Cassville to join Mustard Seed Global Fellowship and assist in establishing churches in Nagoya, Japan. First Christian Church of Cassville is one of the group's supporting churches. Nagoya is located approximately 250 miles from Fukushima, where the damage occurred to a nuclear power plant.

Smith said thus far, no local coordinated efforts are being undertaken for the disaster in Japan. He said several area churches will be participating in this fundraising effort.

Funds will be used to provide food, medicines, clothing and housing for displaced families in Japan. More information on Mustard Seed Global Fellowship may be obtained at

There is no charge to attend the concert. A freewill offering will be taken.

For more information, contact First Christian Church at 847-2460 or Smith at 847-7700.

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