Gospel artist coming to county
By 05/31/2007 00:00:00
ELLIS COUNTY - David and Deborah Caudle's daughter, Melissa, has spent her life in and out of hospitals.
When Deborah speaks of tears, anger, strife and pain she and David know the emotions first hand.
The Caudles, however, have chosen to use their experiences to bring hope to others - a rainbow of hope.
The ministry the Caudles are promoting is called 'When Are We Going Home.' Its mission: 'Our goal is to help parents, friends and children with life changing and threatening illnesses. Our desire is to bring abundant life and hope to these families.'
Deborah Caudle tells us how the ministry came to be and where it hopes to go.
'Several years ago three mothers, whose children had a range of medical conditions from complications of prematurity, spina bifida, congenital heart defects to cystic fibrosis decided to write to help change the directions of the medical storm for others.
'Three books provided Christian hope and encouragement.
'Later the ministry added ideas of merchandise that would enable the hospital duration to be more hopeful.
'The future direction is to build a Christian family retreat when land becomes available where families can go for a three day free vacation as many times as necessary to persevere through the tough times of their illness.
'There is also a need for a resource center for these parents and equine, music and aquatic therapies for the children.
The ministry currently serves 28 children and their families in Dallas, Ennis and Navarro counties.'
Most of Blooming Grove knows about the Plyer family.
Kyle Plyer was a recent recipient of a bone marrow transplant.
His sister was the donor.
Certainly, it doesn't take much imagination to figure out this family has gone through the ringer; emotionally, physically and financially.
'When Are We Going Home' ministers to families like the Plyers.
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On June 3, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. the organization is sponsoring a concert by Cheryl Dunn at New Beginnings Family Fellowship.
Dunn is an artist whose focus is on Christian ministry in song.
Dunn has performed in Canada, in the U.S. and throughout Europe.
Dunn is a thoroughly entertaining talent who has won two Blue Grass Albums of the Year awards.
Dunn says she began her career from the start.
She grew up in a musical family and was playing and singing with her brother since she was eight.
By the age of 15, Dunn was playing in bars and other venues.
She had enough of this after ten years and pursued another career attempting to find what was lost.
Along the way she met and married a police officer and had four beautiful children.
Dunn was again faced with another difficulty in her life when her husband was diagnosed with cancer.
She stood by him during this battle and now says, 'Jim is cancer free and back to work.'
After a while she felt lost without her music and finally was introduced to another Gospel singer's manager.
Life changed dramatically after this, in 2002 she came out with her first Gospel CD called 'Anybody Else' and produced by Carmen Barry.
With the success of her first CD, she came out again with a second CD called 'Let Go,' again, produced by Barry.
Dunn now gives 150 concerts a year and tours with Roxanne Flagler, another Gospel artist.
Dunn will be coming out with a new Christmas CD this year and plans to tour promoting it in November.
'The Martins were the inspirational group in my Gospel music,' said Dunn.
Now she is the inspiration for other artists. Opening for Dunn will be a local group called New Life.
This group is from Corsicana and is bursting with exciting new talent.
A special 'spotlight' presentation will be made by the music ambassadors of 'When Are We Going Home,' a group called Spirit Sent.
The evening, however, will focus on the children. As many as fifty VIP children will enjoy the concert.
The afternoon will be a celebration of these kids who are fighting for their very existence.
Each child will wear a badge to honor the bravery they exhibit in meeting the challenges of their daily lives.
This event will be our opportunity to life up these children and their families. The concert will also serve to advance the organization's vision of a resource center and retreat.
While the concert is free to the public, donations will be accepted to further these goals.
Also many businesses have donated items for a silent, live auction.
If you're interested, ad space is available in the concert brochure.
Contact the organization at P.O. Box 189, Blooming Grove, 76626.
Remember, the concert is from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 at the New Beginnings Family Fellowship in Blooming Grove on Highway 22.