TRAVEL HERE: LOUISE MANDRELL PERFORMS FOR GLOBAL HEART MINISTRIES
The corner of Plano Parkway and Custer Road is quite symbolic in my mind. On one corner sits IILM, an Islamic learning center. Across the street is The Hope Center, an edifice devoted to Christian ministries. I’d thought for a long time how ironic it was that the buildings stared one another down on a daily basis. To go to The Hope Center the day after the Paris massacre was quite poignant.
Let’s start with Louise. There was a time when Barbara Mandrell was the biggest thing in music – not just country music, music. Her little sister, Louise is a powerhouse talent on her own and if there had not been the Barbara phenomena, who knows how well-known the little sister would have been in her own right. Unfortunately, the Mandrell name suffered a scandal (an undeserved scandal, I might add) and after the facts of the matter came out, the public had already moved on.
Being the apple of the public’s eye is not always everything it’s supposed to be. Louise has continued to be a successful performer and has a very loyal following. I saw her back in 1999 in her own theater in Branson. Today, she devotes most of her time to charities and causes she cares about. She is a loyal patriot and a strong Christian. When Global Hearts Ministry invited her to come perform for a fundraising event, she was thrilled to come.
Global Hearts Ministry
Last week on my Faith Talk blog, I talked about Global Heart Ministries and the circuitous route I traveled to find out about them. Long story short, Global Hearts Ministry creates Christian TV programming in native languages for Central Asian countries – nations dominated by radical Islam, the very brand of terrorism that just attacked Paris. Because we support the ministry, we were invited to their event and as circumstances would have it, the event ended up being on the evening right after the Paris massacres.
I go into it in greater detail over on Faith Talk, but Global Hearts offers the only real antidote to radical Islam – Jesus Christ. They are taking the antidote right to the crux of the problem – Central Asia. If you really want to make a difference in the War on Terrorism, I suggest you check them out.
The program was wonderful and I learned a lot about the ministry, which you can read about over on Faith Talk. Louise Mandrell was not the only celebrity in the room. I actually got to meet June Hunt, who sat at my table – or perhaps I should say I was privileged to sit at hers. Also on hand were the stars of the shows produced by Global Hearts Ministries. If I named them here, you wouldn’t recognize their names or their faces, but if you lived in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Iran or Afghanistan, their names and faces are as ubiquitous as Ellen and their shows are just as popular.
Back to Louise
At the end of the program we were treated to a mini-concert by Ms. Mandrell and she packed a whale of a show into her short performance. She sang some great songs, regaled us with both inspiring and humorous stories of the Mandrell family and finished off with a little fiddling. In our swag bag, we found the autographed picture above, along with some other treats. It was a great night for a great cause.
Here’s some shots Bill got during her performance. I hope you enjoy them and I hope you’ll be back soon to see what other exciting things I’ve been up to.