Hope Shows presents “Rehearse Hope: Girls Night Out @ Greenville College 4 Girls Night In @ Greenville FCI” benefit, featuring Jenny Simmons of Addison Road and special music by Greenville College Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) students, held on Wednesday, December 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Wilson Recital Hall at the Whitlock Music Center on the campus of Greenville College.
The $10 ticket (pay at door) admits one person to the benefit event AND admits a female inmate to a prison show in the women’s minimum security camp at Greenville Federal Correctional Institute. A love offering will also be accepted for additional costs of the prison show.
“Hope Shows puts legs to the scriptural mandate to visit those in prison (Matthew 25),” states founder Robyn Florian. “We bring the hope of the gospel as presented in Christian music to communities desperately in need of this message. We give prison communities our time, our talents and our care with the intention of leaving with them new hope, new resources and new direction for their future.”
Presenting a Christian concert in a prison setting provides Hope Shows a unique opportunity to connect with inmates who might never choose to read the Bible, meet with a counselor or pursue additional training and education. “Statistics such as ’80% of inmates lose 100% of contact with the outside world in two years’ and ‘At least 95% of all state prisoners will be released from prison at some point,’ motivate us to engage and encourage inmates toward new life-changing, future-reorienting choices, viewing their season of incarceration as preparation for new purpose, whether that purpose is lived out inside or outside the walls of their current facility.”
Hope Shows’ “Rehearse Hope” benefit events raise funds for prison shows as well as raise awareness for prison ministry. As the median age of prison ministry volunteers increases, the demand for the 40 and under generations to embrace prison ministry opportunities has also increased. “Rehearse Hope” benefit events highlight music of hope alongside stories of redemption of former inmates and family members of inmates, educating the audience to the possibilities for prison ministry in their community.
Jenny Simmons of Addison Road (www.jennysimmons.com), featured at AgapeFest 2010, has released popular CCM radio singles, “Hope Now,” “What Do I Know of Holy,” “Fight Another Day,” and most recently, “This Little Light of Mine.” Jenny knows how to talk about brokenness, hope and healing with hurting communities. Audiences appreciate her empathy and love her openness to sharing in life with them.
Hope Shows (www.hopeshows.com) produces events and event communications designed to advance the cause of nonprofit organizations, corporate cause-related marketing initiatives and community-based promotional and fundraising activities.