It’s a funny thing finding ways to fund a ministry. Sure, some ministries are well funded by people with big hearts and deep pockets. Others are shoestring funded by people who give sacrificially out of very little. I want to tell you how you can help The King’s Jubilee today, and offer you a little incentive to do so.
But first, let me tell you a story. I first heard about The King’s Jubilee early this year through the Temple University Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and when I read Cranford’s vision for a cemetery for the forgotten…well, I was excited. I immediately added The King’s Jubilee to the Orthodox Philly website, and told my wife, Alison, and pastor about the ministry.
I intended to start volunteering to serve right away. But then one week turned into two, and two turned into four.
Then a friend from several states away texted me to tell me about Mayor Nutter’s outdoor food ban, and I was outraged. Nothing like a little humanitarian civil disobedience to get a person off their lazy seat!
Alison and I started serving at The King’s Jubilee in late March or early April, and we were hooked. We love the people on the parkway, and developing friendships with the men and women there has been both challenging and encouraging. And thanks to the mayor’s ban, we sensed an added stress among the people, and fear that their source of sustenance would be ripped from their hands —perhaps literally—which helped solidify our solidarity with those whom we served.
Alison and I have now caught the vision. I’m not sure I would know what to do with my Thursday nights without The King’s Jubilee. It’s no longer simply about civil disobedience for me, it’s about doing what is within my means to help my neighbors.
So back to funding a ministry. Food isn’t free, at least not until we set up on those two park benches on the parkway and start handing it out for free. It takes time and money to serve these men and women properly and with dignity. And raising the funds for this sort of thing is not easy.
We just had a great opportunity land in our laps this week, and it’s for five days only. I want to give you some hip-hop music, if you can spare just $9.99 for The King’s Jubilee.
Let me explain. I grew up with a music genius named Mike Walker in the suburbs of Bakersfield, California. As a white, skateboarding suburbanite, I loved rap music. I grew up on the Beastie Boys, Run DMC, and A Tribe Called Quest (all east coasters!), and from a young age wanted to be a famous rapper.
Well, I never quite hit the highest levels of stardom (hehe), but I’ve had a good run at rapping nonetheless. In high school, Mike and I started a rap group called Royal Ruckus in California. It was meant to be a joke originally, but the more people took us seriously, the more we took our music seriously.
Pretty soon, we graduated from the living room to the garage to weekend concerts to airplanes and tours. We eventually inked a record deal with Flicker Records and moved to Nashville. Now, we’re proudly independent, but still making music.
Our music can be serious, often quirky, and always fun. We’re not your typical rap music. This is not gangster, and really, we aren’t from the streets. But our lyrics are honest to who we are, and our music is eclectically cross-genre. We hope there is a little something for everyone to enjoy.
We currently have three records available, Self-Titled (2002), Pocket Lint & Spare Change (2008), and in March 2011, we released Rumors of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated. Rumors was recorded all across the country, from Nashville to Atlanta to Los Angeles to Hilo, Hawaii, and right up in North Philly, just a block off Broad Street.
This is where you come in. For five days only, from Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3, 100% of the purchase price of our MP3 album through Bandcamp will go to The King’s Jubilee.
The record is only $9.99 for an immediate 14-song download. Every single penny of your purchase will go to The King’s Jubilee to further the ministry to the homeless men and women of Philadelphia.
Would you help this week? Please consider buying the MP3 record for yourself, or a teenager you know, or a friend who might like it? Take a minute to preview the record if you aren’t convinced. And share, share, share this all over your Facebook page and on Twitter. Please help us with this important fundraiser!