Benefit supports local arts and South Sudan orphanage
Mishawaka, IN—The Vineyard Church is hosting the fourth annual “Art for the Heart of Africa” benefit on Friday night, October 26, from 6:30pm – 9:00pm; an evening devoted to honoring God’s gift of artistry through music, art, and a benefit auction. The semi-formal event will feature art works from local and regional artists as well as items from the children of South Sudan. The benefit will support the New Generation Dreamland Children’s Home (an orphanage in Yei, South Sudan) as it strives to feed, educate and show love to their 118 children orphaned by war, poverty and famine. Every dollar raised will go directly to support this orphanage.
In the last three years, the benefit has raised over $62,000. With these funds, the Vineyard Church has been able to put a roof on the school of the Dreamland Children’s Home; begin Operation Joseph, a 25-acre farm; build a dormitory with enough room for 100 children, as well as bathrooms and showers; and build and staff a children’s medical clinic. This year, our goal is to raise $20,000 to purchase a dump truck for the Dreamland, which is vital to the success of the Operation Joseph Farm (as it is the only transportation to/from the farm property). The dump truck will be used to transport the crops that will feed and financially support the 118 children of the Dreamland. Additional funds raised over the cost of the dump truck will be used to repair and secure the fence surrounding the children’s home.
A team of nine men and women from The Vineyard Church just returned from South Sudan two weeks ago. The team offered medical and educational assistance to the people of South Sudan and completed an art project with the children from Dreamland which will be featured in the auction. In addition to the children’s art, the benefit will feature the work of many local and regional artists including: Joel Schoon Tanis, Matt Cashore, Harold Zisla, Maria Winston, Bill Jensen, Sarah Wilken, Chuck Strantz, Janet Leazenby, and Cathy McKormick, just to name a few. Items will be sold through silent and live auctions throughout the evening of the event.
“Art is one of the ways that God uses to express his creativity and beauty,” said Clint Schwartz, Associate Pastor at The Vineyard Church, “and this event is a unique opportunity for artists in our local community to dramatically improve the lives of children on the other side of our world using their God-given talents.”
For more information on this event or to see the growing list of artists and their works, please see the event website, www.artfortheheartofafrica.org.
Photos, video and interviews available upon request.
Contact: Kathy Smarrella
The Vineyard Church ▪ 16219 Jackson Rd. ▪ Mishawaka, IN 46544 ▪ www.thevineyard.org