Christian Artists to Rock <i>I Love America</i> Celebration

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Kathryn E. Darden
Jun 18, 2009

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On July 3, 2009, six leading Christian bands will help others find freedom, by helping to alleviate poverty. Worship leader Israel Houghton and the band, New Breed; popular Christian youth band Leeland, from Baytown, Texas; Press Play from the Dream Center in Los Angeles; Dove Award winning rock band, The Afters; UK worship leader Vicky Beeching who wrote the hymn, "The Wonder of the Cross;" and Live Out Loud, aka The Zimbabwe Boys will perform at the Angel Mission Benefit Concert as part of the "I Love America" celebration. The purpose of the Angel Mission Benefit Concert is to provide life-giving clean water to children in Africa.

The Ozarks' premiere Independence Day event, "I Love America," is an annual celebration sponsored by the mega-church, James River Assembly, which draws more than 120,000 for an all-day line-up of food, games, an airshow and fireworks. The "I Love America" Celebration has grown from a local church gathering in 1997 to a regional event in Springfield, Missouri. The gathering honors the founding of the nation and celebrates God's faithfulness to this country. This year, organizers are expanding the focus from reaching the local community to helping needy people in African nations with access to clean, safe drinking water.

Hosted by GOD TV/Angel Mission co-founder, Rory Alec and Angel Mission president John Bongiorno, viewers will be encouraged to support the cause by donating $5 or more towards Angel Mission's projects in Africa which provide clean water to the poorest of communities by drilling wells and various water purification projects. With the ongoing threat of cholera in Africa, and especially in Zimbabwe, Angel Mission also provides water purification tablets to make infected water safe for drinking. Viewers can participate by logging on to www.5dollarwater.com.

The Angel Mission Benefit Concert will feature: worship leader Israel Houghton and the band, New Breed from Joel Osteen's Lakeland Church in Houston, Texas; popular Christian youth band Leeland, from Baytown, Texas; and Press Play from the Dream Center in Los Angeles, who are climbing the charts with their album, "Life is Beautiful."

Also appearing are Dove Award winning rock band, The Afters, famous for the song 'Never Going Back to OK'; and anointed UK worship leader Vicky Beeching who wrote the beautiful hymn, 'The Wonder of the Cross'. Live Out Loud, aka The Zimbabwe Boys will bring the sounds of Africa to the Angel Mission Benefit Concert.

The Angel Mission Benefit Concert will be broadcast LIVE on GOD TV throughout the United States on channel 365 of DIRECTV on July 3 from 5pm-12am (CST) or online at www.god.tv/stream and 5dollarwater.com. The event will also be made available for video on demand viewing at www.god.tv/god.


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