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Mission: Haiti

'Share the Wealth' benefit concert

Randall Goodgame

The more Randall Goodgame travels the world, the smaller it appears to him. “The body of Christ really feels less like my homechurch and more like the whole world,” says Goodgame, a 30-year-old songwriter for Caedmon's Call.

Goodgame, who lives in the Nashville suburb of Spring Hill, Tenn. with his wife Amy and their two children, shared in words and music his experiences on missions when he performed Sept. 24 at the Climbing For Christ “Share the Wealth” benefit at Hope Lutheran Church in Greece, N.Y. The concert was a fund-raising event for the Mission: Haiti church-building project. Proceeds will go to the construction of a church in Jeantilhome, Haiti, where 100 hillpeople currently worship in a thatch-walled, roofless church.

“I am thrilled and honored to be a small part of the ministry at work in the Lord for Haiti,” Goodgame says. “Climbing for Christ is responding to the call of Christ, and out of their affection for Him, His people are walking into obedience. I praise God for the people here and in Haiti that are working together as the hands and feet of the body of Christ. And I thank Him for the opportunity to join with His people and His plan to build a church in Haiti.”

Goodgame has been on mission trips to Ecuador, Honduras, India, Mexico, and many places in the United States, including Fairmont, W. Va.

He traveled to Ecuador and India in the spring of 2004 with Caedmon's Call for the album, “Share the Well.” Goodgame wrote the title song as well as “There's Only One (Holy One),” “Mother India,” “International Love Song,” “All I Need (I Did Not Catch Her Name),” “Sarala” and “Dalit Hymn.”

Goodgame has been writing songs for 15 years. He got his start by writing a song for a high school talent show.

He has been associated with Caedmon's Call for four years.

“They had an opener cancel and they called us to fill in,” he says about his debut with the group. “It went well and after I had been touring with them for a while, they asked me to start writing for them.”

He wrote “Hands of the Potter,” “Only Hope” and “Mystery of Mercy” (with Andrew Peterson) on the 2003 release, “Back Home.”

In addition to the Goodgames' singing and playing, Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen made a presentation about Mission: Haiti. Fallesen, his son Jesse, and Johnathan Esper were on the Mission: Dominican Republic team that the Lord took to Jeantilhome in June 2005, when we made the pledge to build a church for our brothers and sisters in Christ who live in Haiti.

We come from different worlds, but missions – such as Climbing For Christ's trip to Haiti or Goodgame's trip to India – broaden horizons and shrink the space between us.

“India feels like my neighbor,” says Goodgame, “which sheds new light on scriptures like Luke 10.”


The Word

“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.'” — Luke 10:1-3


Randall Goodgame

Randall Goodgame on a mission in Ecuador in spring 2004.


After hearing Randall Goodgame talk about hearing the Lord and obeying Him at the “Share the Wealth” benefit, Cheryl Esper reflected on the origins of Mission: Haiti. Cheryl is a Climbing For Christ board member whose son, Johnathan, was part of Mission: Dominican Republic in June-July 2005. She wrote:

“It is amazing to me to think back to 1997 and realize that God was planting the seeds for this Haiti Mission then. It was on Johnathan's 15th birthday that he and now fellow Climbing For Christ member Dave Lamos were swept into the ocean from their dry rock overlook. As they battled for their lives in 15-foot swells for 1½ hours, Johnathan recommited his life to the Lord. (CLICK HERE to read Johnathan Esper's story)

“Seven  years later, now a senior at Messiah (Pa.) College, Johnathan heard and responded to the Lord's calling to go back to the Dominican Republic as a student leader. There were other exciting mission trips in Asia and South America to choose from, but Johnathan told me that he felt strongly that he should go back to the DR. God then used his highpointing goals and desires to bring Climbing For Christ to the mountain and remote village (of Jeantilhome). Had Johnathan gone on some other trip and refused to obey, where would their help come from? He directs our steps; we need only to yield to HIS WILL, not ours.”

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Helping Hands

Benefit: “Share the Wealth” concert, featuring Randall and Amy Goodgame, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005 at Hope Lutheran Church, 1301 Vintage Lane, Greece, N.Y.
Tickets: $10
Buy A Block: Many have purchased cement blocks for $5 apiece to pay for the 1,200 blocks it is estimated it will take to build the church in Jeantilhome, Haiti. Blocks are still for sale. Send your tax-deductible donation payable to Climbing For Christ, Inc., “Buy A Block/Haiti” at 5726 W. Wautoma Beach Road, Hilton, NY 14468.
For more information: Call (585) 957-5489 or e-mail info@ClimbingForChrist.org

Randall Goodgame

Randall Goodgame at the piano like his beloved Schroeder from Peanuts.

Praise Report

About two-thirds of the $10,000 goal has been raised for the Mission: Haiti church-building project.

Our thanks to the more than 40 individuals, families and organizations that have contributed and to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for a partial matching grant.

We especially thank Randall and Amy Goodgame for their roles in this fund-raising effort.

Some comments on the benefit from concert-goers:

“Thanks ... the concert the other night was awesome and we were sooooo glad we came! We also want to buy some cinder blocks for the church.” – Lori B.

“The concert Saturday was amazing. I really, really liked it! He (Randall) was awesome!” – Benn C.

“We were so glad that we made the effort to attend the concert by Randy and Amy Goodgame. It was such a blessing to receive!” – Cheryl E.

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