About two years ago, my friends went to Africa for a 4 month missions trip. Before they left, they hosted a benefit concert called AFROCKA to raise support for their trip.
When they returned to America, they were convinced that they had to do something about the poverty and injustices they experienced while in Africa. They had been exposed to poverty at a level foreign to America, and they didn’t want to sit around and do nothing about it.
So they started (or rather, continued) AFROCKA.
AFROCKA is an annual fundraiser event that seeks to raise support in order to help the people of Africa who are in need. Through campaigns, benefit concerts, prayers, and other events, this tandem of young people are spending their time doing whatever they can to help the poor.
Three years later, they continue to raise support and host annual AFROCKA nights to help the people of Nairobi, Kenya. (With hopes and plans of becoming a legitimate Non-Profit, and doing more work in the future).
Since then, they’ve invited me on board to help them with Social Media. And whenever people find out that I am involved with AFROCKA, they usually want to know why i’m involved.
I’m involved with AFROCKA because I want to help people. I’m involved with AFROCKA because I want to use my time wisely, rather just sitting around the house, watching TV, playing video games, and drinking beer until I pass out.
I want to make a difference with the life Jesus Christ has given me, and if this small project of ours can help even a few people, well, that seems like a much better option than wasting my days and helping zero people.
It’s normal to expect teenagers and young people to consume their lives with parties, video games, movies, and other entertainment that really doesn’t help or benefit anyone. But being normal is creating a nation out of indifferent, lukewarm, passive spectators who are missing out on the many opportunities and possibilities all around them do make a difference with their lives by helping those in need.
I want to make a difference in the world with my life. I want to do good and help others. I want others to know the love of Christ. I believe that God is restoring the world, putting the broken pieces back together, and that He invites all of us to join Him in being a part of that restorative work. And I believe that AFROCKA is a part of that work.
Stand out by making a difference in the lives of others – helping them, serving them, loving them – even if the work you’re doing seems insignificant to those around you.
Because doing work that helps people – even if it’s small, seemingly insignificant work – is a much better way to spend your days than the typical person.
For more about AFROCKA, you can check out their website and visit their blog. You can also find them on facebook, youtube, and twitter. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to receive an informational packet and a poster. The next AFROCKA benefit concert will be Friday, July 22nd, at Oak Brook Community Church. We’d love to see you there :)