A group of leading international humanitarian relief organisations are set to host a star-studded virtual concert in a bid to raise money in support of the global poor who have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19.
Compassion International, Food for the Hungry and World Vision are hosting the event, which will feature performances from leading Christian artists such as TobyMac, Hillsong Worship, Kirk Franklin, for KING & COUNTRY, Tamela Mann, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Matthew West, CeCe Winans, Natalie Grant, Zach Williams, Mandisa, Big Daddy Weave, Matt Maher and Phil Wickham. The concert will be hosted by Duck Dynasty's Sadie Robertson Huff and Christian author Carlos Whittaker.
The concert will be streamed live at www.unitetofightpoverty.org at 1.30am on Saturday 29th August and aims to "bring the Christian community together to respond to God's call to serve children who are in the greatest risk of hunger, delayed education, and violence due to the pandemic".
Award-winning Christian singer-songwriter Natalie Grant said:
"We are in the middle of a horrific global pandemic, and it's easy to forget the epidemic of poverty. There are children who need access to medicines, clean water and education. These needs have existed long before now, and the moment we are in has only increased the need. We can be a part of the solution and bringing hope at a time when hope is desperately needed. And I think this event will be full of hope."
"COVID-19 has left a lot of families in need and poverty," added Grammy award-winning artist Kirk Franklin. "It is our duty as Christians to band together and fight against this global pandemic of extreme poverty. It's an honour to partner with Compassion, Food for the Hungry and World Vision in the battle against poverty. Everyone's efforts will be needed to make a change."