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Students hold concert to raise mission funds

ORU students get wildly creative to raise funds for mission trips to different parts of the world, but very few perform free concerts and give away the EP to their albums to a make it happen.

Junior and senior business majors, Chris Power and Trey Wideman, are putting on a benefit concert called “2Friends1Purpose.”

“We are two friends who have one purpose; to serve God by participating in short-term missions,” said Power.

Power will be traveling to China, and Wideman is headed to Brazil. Both are hoping to raise $3,600 for trip expenses.

In unorthodox fundraising style, entry to the concert will be free, but there will be an opportunity for audience members to donate to the cause. Along with the donations, Wideman, a Tulsa native and current youth pastor of Spirit Life Church, will be releasing his first EP called “In the Valley,” which will be given to those who donate a specific amount.

“I want the songs to point to God and [a] relationship [with] Him,” said Wideman. “There aren’t a lot of instruments in it [the music]. The heart of it is stemmed directly from a place of devotion.”

Power believes Wideman’s music is a good reflection of the Christian walk.

“I really believe the songs will reflect the life of a Christ-follower in general,” said Power. “It will also reflect some of the things a Christian might go through such as trying to figure out what’s next or what to do.”

The two artists are eager to raise money to travel, but neither want to force anyone to give.

“I’m not going to pressure anyone into giving,” said Wideman. “As the bucket goes around, they will have the chance to give.”

The concert is set for tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 16. at Spirit Life Church. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will start at 7 p.m.

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