Five-time GRAMMY Award® nominee Brandon Heath and one of Christian music’s most successful and respected songwriters/producers, Jason Ingram, will host the fifth annual “Love Your Neighbor” concert at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 22 at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tenn. Heath and Ingram, accompanied by friends Bebo Norman and Christopher Williams, will be putting on this event to benefit the Young Life Capernaum organization, an outreach for students with physical and mental disabilities.
Heath and Ingram were drawn to help Young Life Capernaum due to its powerful impact on the lives of its community. “Our young friends in Capernaum have a rare bravery, the kind that transcends disability and the ignorance of others,” says Heath. “They’re inspiring to guys like me. It is the love and commitment of Young Life’s Capernaum and ultimately Christ that help these unique individuals become known and loved. It’s a very similar story to mine, in that, Young Life helped me come know Christ and loved me in spite of my own imperfections. That’s why I connect with this ministry and these special friends.”
The Young Life Capernaum organization (translated from the original meaning, “village of comfort”), aids in providing opportunities for students with any physical and mental incapacity. The organization provides the missing link of relationship between society and the challenged community, the program’s main initiatives help instill purpose and create opportunities they would never have experienced, while extending authentic compassion and teaching them to find their place as a meaningful disciple for God.
This year’s event, featuring performances by Heath, Ingram, Bebo Norman and Christopher Williams, intends to replicate the level of support that “Love Your Neighbor” events have delivered in recent years. In 2008, $20,000 was raised for Nashville area tornado victims. In 2009, David, a local Centennial High School student, lost his father, his health insurance, and was at risk of losing his vision without access to a necessary eye surgery. “Love Your Neighbor” covered the total cost of the medical attention David needed and his vision was restored. In 2010, more than $61,000 was collected for El Shaddai Church in south Nashville that was severely damaged by flooding. Last year’s gathering raised more than $25,000 for the Lee family who was affected by the devastating tornadoes in Alabama.
“These events are so important to me because community is so important to me. I’m grateful for the people who have come out to support their neighbors alongside Jason and me and hope to get to do these for years to come,” notes Heath.