How Bread Of Life CD came about:
A couple of friends and I began to serve as volunteers
at Bread of Life EPA, a soup kitchen located in East Palo
Alto, California. We helped with whatever needed to be
done, but mainly we helped with the preparation of the
meals. Although my volunteer work at Bread of Life was
cut short due to an injured hand, I enjoyed my experience.
I really appreciated the humble attitude of the staff
workers, who blessed me with their compassionate hearts
to serve the underpriviledged.
Even though I couldn't physically help out at Bread of
Life, I still wanted to help out in any way I could. Seeing
the apparent need for financial help, I asked the director,
Dr. Jeri Hill (a.k.a. Dr. J.), if she had ever thought
about putting on a fundraiser for the soup kitchen. Not
knowing that one of the Bread of Life's contributors had
recently withdrawn his finaicial support, the idea to
start a fundraiser came as a surprise to Dr. J. because
the board members had already been thinking about ways
in which they could compensate for the loss in funds.
At my first meeting with Dr. J., we discussed fundraising
ideas, but she insisted that whatever idea I came up with
had to be fun. I went home and thought about what was
"fun" for me, what I enjoyed doing. The first
thing that came to my mind was music. Since music is my
passion, I thought it would be "fun" to put
on a concert.
As I prayed about what kind of concert to hold, God told
me that He wanted me to put on a concert of my original
music. The thought of presenting my songs in front of
people terrified me. What scared me even more was the
fact that God was also leading me towards creating a benefit
CD of songs I had written over the years. I knew what
God wanted me to do, but I was still scared.
God continued to open the doors for this concert and
CD project. One day, I received an unexpected check from
a friend who wanted me to get my project started. In addition,
a friend as well as songwriter, Vonnie Dodson, agreed
to participate in this CD project as well. It was clear
to me what God wanted me to do, so instead of looking
back, I started going forward. In November 17, 2001, with
God's enabling, Vonnie and I were able to have a benefit
concert, where we sold our CD. All the proceeds from the
concert and the proceeds from selling our CD were donated
to Bread Of Life EPA.