'Compassion' a key part of Christian singer's ministry

October 14, 2003|PHIL PENDLETON

Geoff Moore admits that the first time he heard of Compassion International, he had a lot of fear, apathy and uncertainty about the child relief organization. That was in the mid-1980s when his career in Christian music started, but the apprehension didn't last long.

"I really felt like I should do something for the poor. Compassion really helped alleviate the fears of how I could reach out in the name of Jesus," said Moore, who along with Christian latin-pop singer Raechel Lampa will perform Oct. 25 at Harrodsburg Baptist Church in an event designed to raise awareness for Compassion International.

The organization, based in Colorado Springs, Col., helps children in third-world countries through $28 monthly sponsorhips from donors. The money provides for childrens' food, education, and spiritual upbringing.

Moore describes his work in promoting Compassion as a "wonderful relationship." At the Oct. 25 concert, Moore said the message of Compassion will be woven into his and Lampa's performances. However, he said no one should feel overly obligated to support the organization. "There'll be no arm twisting," he said.


Moore said he appreciates Compassion's work because the outfit keeps their overhead costs low which results in more money for the children. According to the Compassion International web site, at least 80 percent of sponsors' dollars are used directly in relief work. Moore said Compassion's work is rooted in local churches and targets both childrens' physical and spiritual needs.

"I believe the mandate to care for the poor is undeniable," he said. "It's not if, but how."

Moore admits that children are a big part of his personal life as well. He and his wife, Jan, recently adopted the second of their two daughters from China. "I'm still getting used to everything being pink," he said. "I also have two teenage sons, and we're more accustomed to camouflage."

Moore has released a dozen albums, most of them with his former band, The Distance. In 1998, the group disbanded and Moore embarked on a solo career.

The current tour features songs from his latest release "A Beautiful Sound," his 1999 CD titled "Geoff Moore" and songs from his days with his former band. Moore said fans can expect a mostly acoustic, semi-unplugged set.

"It's a great evening of music," he said of what people can expect from the Oct. 25 show. "I'll do a set, Raechel does a set, then we'll do some music together." After an intermission, Moore will peform again and share the Gospel.

"I'm a family act," Moore says through his biography found on his web-site. "There are people that are in their 30s and 40s that saw me when they were in high school and college. Now they bring their kids and youth groups."

Moore said he feels obiligated to perform a few songs from his days in The Distance and shares a story about what happended at one show that was attended by a Little League baseball team when he didn't perform a song that compares Christian life to the game of baseball.

"One night I didn't do (the song) 'Home Run,' and the team was in tears," he said. "So we did an impromptu set after the concert for them."


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