Steven Curtis Chapman Donates More Than $70,000 in Proceeds to Waodoni Tribe

Nov 09, 2002 03:00 AM EST

Steven Curtis Chapman recently donated all the proceeds of the Oklahoma City "Live Out Loud" date, totaling over $70,000, to the Waodoni Tribe of Ecuador. Chapman and Mart Green, President of Mardel Stores and Bearing Fruit Communications, a non-profit organization, made this generous gift possible. Green covered all the expenses for the concert in Oklahoma City.

Bearing Fruit is currently producing the feature-length documentary Beyond the Gates, a film telling the story of how God touched the lives of those in the Waodoni tribe. For more information about the documentary, visit their website,

According to Bearing Fruit, the proceeds from this concert will be used to purchase two boats and a new airplane to help transport medical supplies and sick people through the Amazon jungle.

Steve Saint, son of missionary Nate Saint killed by the Waodoni tribe, was overwhelmed and so thankful for the generosity of Oklahoma City. "Thanks to their love, we will be able to build a customized bush plane to move medical supplies and the seriously ill throughout the jungle," declares Saint. "Their [Waodoni] ability to fend for themselves without dependence on outsiders will assure the very existence of this people."

The Live Out Loud tour, sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators (, drew more than 200,000 people during its 58-city run.

By Pauline J.
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