A few years ago I was privileged to see an early cut of a documentary called "Rise and Dream" about a group of poverty-stricken teens in the Philippines and how music helped to give them hope and a future.
The Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, based in Kansas City, Kansas, produced the film and now has put Kansas City on a national tour of places to see the documentary and hear about the lives of the teens since the film was shot.
There will be a showing at the Truman Forum of the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18. For tickets and additional information, click here.
Ryan Sumicad (pictured here), one of the teens featured in “Rise and Dream,” will attend the Kansas City event and talk about his life after the film.
In addition, CFCA founder Bob Hentzen will be at the event.
Teens, music, hope, inspiration. Sounds like a faith-based winner to me. Hope some of you can make it that evening. You won't be disappointed.
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HOW DOES HE MAKE THIS STUFF UP?
Is there no end to the stupid, shameful, hateful malarkey that comes out of Pat Robertson's mouth? Apparently not. Now he says people with AIDS in San Francisco deliberately try to infect others by wearing special rings that cut the hands of people whose hands they shake. Any broadcast outfit that carries this garbage should be off your list of what you'll watch. Every time I think he's hit bottom he surprises me with some new outrage.
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P.S.: And speaking of hope, as I was in the lead piece here today, 11 area ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) congregations plan to give some hope Sept. 8 to some Kansas City neighborhoods through a day of community service. For details and how to lend a hand, click here.