As we walk in to our 9th year of Send Musicians To Prison, We want to thank you for your constant support and prayers.
There are days when it all feels so confusing, and in many ways it is. We have to constantly remember our vision, which is to love the incarcerated, and remind them they are not forgotten, and that they matter, no matter what. Music is a great healing power for all of us. But we have learned, it is only the beginning of connecting and healing.
As with any non-profit, donors want to know the numbers and where their money goes and how far it went and what kind of impact it has made. As for this year. your financial support went towards the power of intimacy. We have been blessed to stand along side of Wardens and Chaplains and Program Managers that have encouraged us to stay in their facilities as long as we liked.
This outlook has allowed us to slow down from hitting our goal for a certain amount of concerts, and be present where we are. We have been able to facilitate one-on-one conversations, prayer groups, bible studies, visitations, re-entry events, and writing workshops, in addition to our concerts. Between New York and Nashville, we've been given countless opportunities to love those who are or who have been incarcerated, in a multitude of ways. From day to day, it can be a re-entry retreat, to sitting at the bedside of a hospice inmate, to a class or study, to a concert in a maximum security block.
Our partner musicians and artists and volunteers have gone above and beyond in their time and teaching. Much of what we do will never be in photos or videos or social media, and many of the artists we work wth choose to remain anonymous. In a world that moves fast, and in the spirit of intimacy, staying in shadows is much of what we do. We will continue to go where we are asked to go within the resources and time we are given, to continually remind the forgotten that they are not forgotten.
Thank you for being a part of these unseen moments and stories that bring healing and life through music to the incarcerated.
Because of you, we continue to Send Musicians To Prison.
We love you, and we are grateful for you.
Nathan Lee & Send Musicians To Prison
Thank you for making 2017 a Beautiful year!