This last week has been a hectic one for my family. Both my wife and my son were down with the flu. I’ve been trying to pick up some extra design jobs while my
wife was off work to help with this month’s expenses. This is why I was completely surprised to be standing in the parking lot of my apartment complex in jeans and a t-shirt with a Nigerian pastor in full African garb and a well-dressed gospel singer Saturday morning praying. I’ve known these guys for awhile and I do random media & video editing work with them when they need it.
Sheldon Mencer is a part of the gospel music trio, “Mencer, White & Cheney”. The Nigerian pastor is Peter Adigwe who runs an orphanage in Benin City, Nigeria. He is the guy in the upper right of the photograph above (pictured with the kids from his orphanage there). They are as far apart in the world as two people can get but they are bonded with a common vision for helping the people & children of Nigeria come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. It isn’t a Compassion International run thing (though Compassion is a great organization). It’s simply one group of people pulling out the stops and loving others unconditionally.
I love when people get together like this and partner up for something greater than themselves. Music is great on it’s own, but without the mission it is worthless. I think this is what defines a good musician from a great one.
Are they reaching beyond themselves? Who is being impacted by the lives of these people? How are they being impacted?
When I finish the video editing work that is pretty much bogging my system down right now, I’ll upload the video to youtube and post it here as a separate post. It’s really an incredible work that I am privileged to be a part of myself.