Everything throughout the 36-city "Wherever You Are" Tour featuring David Crowder Band and Third Day was intertwined to provide a unique blend of artistry and ministry that showcased infectious enthusiasm and passion for Christ.
During a sold-out concert at Nokia Theater in Grand Prairie, TX, the David Crowder Band kicked off the evening with a lively version of "Undignified," which was followed by "You Are My Joy," a song the band has jokingly dubbed "rock opera."
The electricity intensified as Crowder led popular rock/worship hits such as "Here Is Our King" and "O Praise Him." The crowd was especially enthusiastic when Third Day joined in Crowder's rendition of "I Saw the Light."
But the evening wasn't just about music. Tai Anderson from Third Day took time to explain the tour's partnership with the missions organization, World Vision. (www.worldvision.com) Anderson told the crowd that just a few weeks before the tour started, he traveled to Uganda with World Vision and spent time with the "night children." Some of these boys and girls walk for hours in the darkness, fleeing their homes, to avoid being snatched away and forced to join local militia. This terrible reality has been documented in a new film called "Invisible Children." (To find out more about "Invisible Children," please visit www.invisiblechildren.com.)
At each concert and online, fans will be given the opportunity to sign up for a monthly pledge of $20 to raise money for Children of War Rehabilitation Center in Gulu, Uganda, which ministers to escaped children, giving them medical treatment, counseling, and the gospel. If fans would like to participate in a traditional sponsorship of a child, there will be child sponsorship packets specifically from Uganda and other nearby countries in northern Africa. These Hope Child sponsorships are $35 per month. Additionally, one dollar for every ticket sold on the "Wherever You Are Tour" will go directly to benefit the children in Uganda.
Following a brief intermission, the second half began with several rock songs from Third Day and a spectacular LED light show. Then, they switched gears to a more subdued approach, as they led the crowd in powerful worship ballads, such as "Your Love, Oh Lord," "Show Me Your Glory," and "Cry Out to Jesus." They also included hymns such as "Nothing but the Blood" and "Blessed Assurance" in their set.
After leading thousands of people in worship and also sharing a heartfelt message of salvation, Third Day closed the evening with "God of Wonders," leaving the focus heavenward.