My friend Michael Carpenter writes for a blog called The Upstream Collective, a really cool Christian blog that explores how to live a mission-focused life. Today, they featured some words that I wrote:
By now, unless you have been living under a rock, you have been made aware of Kony, the LRA, and the horrible atrocities he has perpetrated in central Africa through the Kony 2012 Campaign organized by Invisible Children. As of this writing the video has been viewed 58,721,112 times. And with all of this attention, Invisible Children has come under scrutiny including many Ugandans who are frustrated and suspicious of Kony 2012.
Because The Upstream Collective exists to help the church help and think like missionaries, all of this awareness and blowback has caused us to ask: Who has boots on the ground? What is working? And how can the church be involved? To answer questions like these, we often point to creative platforms for global missions. One such platform is The Voice Project.
Brian Pappalardo works with The Voice Project and is a core member of the church plant that Upstream’s Michael Carpenter is planting in Little Rock, AR. He shares his story and his work with The Voice Project below.