AN INTERNATIONALLY renowned speaker is teaming up with one of the country’s greatest living songwriters to challenge people living in the Thames Valley about their attitude toward consumerism, justice and poverty.
Dr Tony Campolo and Graham Kendrick are travelling the UK this autumn as they seek to help combat child poverty in the concerts, which are hosted by international child development charity Compassion. During the evening, which comes to Greyfriars Church in Reading town centre on Thursday, October 18, Dr Campolo will use his mix of humour and poignant tales to unpack some of the issues relating to life in the 21st century. “We live in a culture where ignoring both the poor and Jesus is the norm,” said Dr Campolo. “But Jesus himself warned that how we treat the poor is exactly how we treat Him. If we want to be true disciples of Jesus Christ, then watching out for ‘the least’ of Jesus’ brothers and sisters has to be a high priority for us.” Fellow performer, Graham Kendrick, has written and recorded hundreds of songs over the past 30 years, many of which are well known around the world, including Shine Jesus Shine and Amazing Love. For more than a decade Graham has been working with Compassion to raise awareness of child poverty and encourage Christians to live out their faith. “I believe that sharing what we have with some of the world’s poorest children is a vital part of true worship,” said Graham. Organisers promise that the evening will have you laughing, crying and dying to get out and change the world. The event will start at 7pm and tickets cost £10 and can be purchased from www.christiantickets.co.uk or by calling 029 2051 2247.