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Voices for Life

Raising awareness and relief aid

Goshen College students and alumni, sing for relief;

“Voices for Life” compilation CD benefits Mennonite Central Committee work

The music made by Goshen College alumni has entertained thousands. A compilation of that music may give comfort to thousands more.

Proceeds from sales of “Voices for Life,” a compact disc compilation of recorded songs from Goshen College graduates, will benefit Mennonite Central Committee activities in Afghanistan and Iraq. A group of current Goshen College students, supported by the Student Senate, organized the CD project as a way to contribute to the rebuilding of homes in Afghanistan destroyed by U.S. bombs and providing aid to school children through school kits in Iraq.

“We are all too aware of the fact that our tax dollars have supported military efforts against the people of these countries during the last several years,” said Phoebe Brubaker (Sr., Mifflintown, Pa.) of the Student Senate. “We would like to work at building new bridges of peace and understanding.”

The CD will include a mix of genres including music from albums by GC alumni:
' J.D. Martin, who has written a number one and 15 top 10 country hits, including songs for Reba McEntire, Terri Clark and the Oakridge Boys;
' Goshen-based “roots music” band Double Barrel Darrel;
' Pittsburgh, Pa., musicians Heather Kropf, Keith Hershberger and Brad Yoder;
' Lotus, a Philadelphia-based “organic ambient trance funk” band;
' South Dakota singer-songwriter Rachel Ries;
' Iowa Mennonite School music director and musician Bradley Kauffman;
' Goshen singer-songwriter Austin Kaufmann;
' Radiant, a Goshen-based world music group;
' Singer-songwriter Jonathan Reuel and Sonchild;
' Goshen-area musician David Oliver;
' Lonesome River Polecats, a bluegrass group;
' Les Gustafson-Zook, international autoharp champion; and
' Hesston College professor and soloist Tony Brown.

For more information about the CD, go online to To order: CDs cost $15, plus $3 for shipping and handling.
Send requests and checks to:
Memo line: Voices for Life
Mennonite Central Committee
1013 Division St.
Goshen, IN 46526

From the Liner notes:
“This CD is a testimony to the power of creative collaboration. Early in the fall of 2002, several students at Goshen College dreamed of connecting the art of music and the art of peacemaking in a very tangible way. We wanted to create a compilation CD that would feature the musical talents and creativity of Goshen College Alumni, and more importantly, we wanted this CD to bring a message of life and hope to a hurting world. …

“We hope that you will enjoy the music of these talented individuals. We hope that you will also enjoy knowing that you are supporting the musical arts as agents of healing and hope. All proceeds from the sale of this CD will go to support two specific peace initiatives of Mennonite Central Committee. The first program is the Afghanistan Home Reconstruction Project, which is helping to rebuild civilian homes that were destroyed by bombs dropped by the U.S. military. The second project helps to supply school and health kits for the Iraqi people who continue to suffer.

“This project is supported by the Student Senate of Goshen College. We thank you for your investment in music and the efforts of peace and reconciliation.”


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