The Sowers Group are sharing their upbeat gospel music and message of hope next month at a free event in Bathurst.
Former Compassion sponsored children, Mike and Oswald, together with other band members Kosto and Christelle will share their testimonies of living through civil war, famine and genocide, and give a first-hand account of how Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program works in releasing children from poverty.
“When we were children, Mike, Kosto and I fled our hometown of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to escape war,” says Oswald. “We grabbed what possessions we could carry and set out on foot towards Kinshasa. We ended up in the Equatorial Jungle where we were injured and held at gunpoint. We were praying for our lives and miraculously the bandits spared us.
“Now we want to speak up on behalf of children living in poverty and share the story of our people.”
Moving from country to country and learning six different languages on the way, The Sowers Group inspire many with their music and message. Their eventual registration in Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program meant a chance to receive an education and access to medical care—luxuries that were previously out of reach for their families to provide for them.
“We don’t want to give a shiny, untouchable hope,” says guitarist Mike. “We want to give a hope born out of hardship and determined belief”.
The Sowers Group will be performing at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre on Saturday 19 July and invite everyone to come along and enjoy the infectious African rhythm.
The Sowers Group
Saturday 19 July 2014
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre – 105 William Street, Bathurst.
Entry is free
Berlinda Fortin, Compassion Australia Media Specialist: T: 02 4935 5000 ext. 1238 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org