A special online concert last week featuring the awarding-winning Christian band For King and Country raised more than $150,000 for Ukrainian relief.
The band, which has won four Grammys and five GMA Dove Awards, filmed the concert in California's Mojave Desert in California featuring material from their new album, What Are We Waiting For?
It was streamed across multiple platforms, including Facebook and YouTube, and raised more than $150,000 for Convoy of Hope, a faith-based nonprofit organization that is assisting refugees from Ukraine.
Luke Smallbone, a member of the band, said he remembers his father's words, "When people are in need, you help."
"We've all been brokenhearted by what's been taking place over in Ukraine," he told Fox and Friends. "Everybody can play a part, everybody can do something. And for us, this is our way to hopefully help people that are being displaced, that are going through incredibly difficult things."
Joel Smallbone said the band was hesitant to set a goal but thought "maybe" they could raise $50,000.
"So for our supporters to show up with 150 grand and counting is just incredible," Joel Smallbone said.
Convoy of Hope is providing shelter, food, water, hygiene kits and other necessities to Ukrainian refugees in multiple countries.
"Convoy of Hope is incredibly blessed by this partnership with For King and Country," said Hal Donaldson, president and founder of Convoy of Hope. "I truly appreciate Joel and Luke's hearts for the work that Convoy of Hope does and their desire to relieve the suffering of Ukrainians. The money they have helped, and continue to help raise, will bring much-needed relief to people inside Ukraine and refugees in the countries surrounding it."
What Are We Waiting For? is their fifth studio album. For King and Country recently embarked on their 2022 tour.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.