A Night for Orphans in ATL

Ok, it’s been ruminating long enough, there’s something pretty spectacular that’s about to happen in Atlanta, and I want you to be a part of it:

A Sponsorship and Fundraising event that’s gonna knock your socks off, but you have to attend, it won’t be enough to like us on Facebook, although that would be really nice and you can do that here.  It won’t be enough for you for read about it and say, “That’s cool.  I hope it goes well.”  It won’t be enough unless you’re there, so I’ll tell you a little bit more about it and hope that’s all the fuel you’ll need to get yourselves here April 5th at 7 p.m.

It’s been a little while since I’ve talked about Adacar, shared about Martin, but there’s more to my story, more to Martin’s story and I am going to share all about it that evening.  I also want to say two more things:

1) Ok, I may have stretched the truth just a teensy bit to get you to come to the event by saying the only way you can make a difference is to be there, but there is a way you can contribute even if you are miles away: sponsor a child in Adacar by going here.

2) Almost four years ago, my friend, Melanie, “caught the vision” that Children’s HopeChest was establishing for Adacar, and has recently given us an update on it’s progress here.  It is simply amazing and nothing but God when you see how far it’s come.  She also recently shared on where they are heading, and that is what this fundraiser is all about, raising money for a ditto machine and a scholarship fund.  As she mentioned in her post, primary education in Adacar is free right now, but secondary education is about $600/year, a fee these kids or their caretakers simply cannot afford.

So, come, bring a listening ear for some beautiful music brought to you by the Sacred Harp Singers of Atlanta and spending money to purchase some beautiful fair trade goods as well those made in our very own peach state.

I’ll leave you with the details:

Friday, April 5, 2013
7-9 pm
All Souls Fellowship
647 E College Ave
Decatur, GA 30033

Half-Handed Cloud in Atlanta

My daughter and I attended a Half-Handed Cloud show two nights ago in Atlanta. The venue was a house in the West End and the audience consisted of friends of the band and friends of friends. Half-Handed Cloud is a one-man band: John Ringhofer who hails from Berkley, CA. I got to know John while living in East TN and he’s pretty much the real deal, what you see is what you get. His friendly personality is infectious and you can tell that he loves what he does– but that doesn’t mean that he won’t surprise you, for instance, he did a “disappearing leg” trick for his audience after the show.


His music is rich in Biblical allusion and truth. Deep enough to soften the hard heart and light enough to make a young audience giggle (the strange noise you hear in his video clip below is that of a wind-up sheep toy perched on top of his keyboard). He sings about a wide range of topics from the Old and New Testament, for instance, his song, “Let’s Go Javelin'” is the account in Numbers 25 when one of the Israelite men brings home a woman of a different race, a man named Phinehas sees them and throws a spear “through the man .. and the woman through her belly.” This act pleases God so much that “the plague was stayed from the children of Israel”. Other songs are a bit lighter, for instance “We Don’t Know How It Grows” talks about sowing seeds into the Kingdom of God and He gives the increase.


He also sings a lot about Christ’s redemptive love, and His sacrifice for us. I think one of the songs that speaks to me the most is called, “These Crowns We Wear” from his album We Haven’t Just Been Told We Have Been Loved


When we’ve been dwelling long

On what we’ve done wrong

We forget what You’ve already done right

It escapes our sight

To know I just might

be a prince and you a princess yet


There’s these crowns we wear

heavy in our hair,

and they look like Wonder Woman’s jet


His latest album, released in 2010 is called Stowaways. Check it out.



Half-Handed Cloud in Atlanta



My daughter and I attended a Half-Handed Cloud show last night in Atlanta. The venue was a friend’s house and the audience consistent of friends and friend of friends. Half-Handed Cloud is a one-man band consisting of John Ringhoffer who hails from Berkley, CA. I got to know John while living in East TN and he’s pretty much the real deal, what you see is what you get. His friendly personality is infectious and you can tell that he loves what he does– but that doesn’t mean that he won’t surprise you, for instance, last night he did a “disappearing leg” trick for his audience after the show.


His music is rich in Biblical allusion and truth. Deep enough to soften the hard heart and light enough to make a young audience giggle (the strange noise you hear in his video clip below is that of a wind-up sheep toy perched on top of his keyboard). He sings about a wide range of topics from the Old and New Testament, for instance, his song, “Let’s Go Javelin'” is the account in Numbers 25 when one of the Israelite men brings home a woman of a different race, a man named Phinehas sees them and throws a spear “through the man .. and the woman through her belly.” This act pleases God so much that “the plague was stayed from the children of Israel”. Other songs are a bit lighter, for instance “We Don’t Know How It Grows” talks about sewing seeds into the Kingdom of God and He gives the increase.


I think one of the songs that speaks to me the most is called, “These Crowns We Wear” from his album We Haven’t Just Been Told We Have Been Loved


When we’ve been dwelling long

On what we’ve done wrong

We forget what You’ve already done right

It escapes our sight

To know I just might

be a prince and you a princess yet


There’s these crowns we wear

heavy in our hair,

and they look like Wonder Woman’s jet


His latest album, released in 2010 is called Stowaways. Check it out.


John got married this past summer in the Redwoods in CA. Yay, John!

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