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In conjunction with the release of our new album “Around the World” we’ve begun the “One Love to Give Us Life” campaign. It’s a way for us to walk alongside nonprofit organizations who are being the hands and feet of Christ by helping the poor, the orphaned, and sharing the Gospel.

How does it work?

Simple. The band members (and wives) selected 12 non-profit ministries they want to support. Each month, for the next 12 months, we will donate $1 from every new album sold to one of these chosen non-profits.

12 months
12 ministries
1 ministry per month
1$ per new album sold

In June, the ministry was Covenant Mercies. This gospel-centered nonprofit serves the poor, orphaned, widowed and those caught in adversity in our local communities, as well as overseas.

For July, it was Compassion International, who works tirelessly at reducing child poverty through child sponsorships and on-location relief projects.

Why are we doing this?

In the bible, James 1:27 says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

It’s impossible to “out give” God. When we surrender to the way of God’s kingdom, we receive far more than what we could earn according to the world’s value system. This is just a small way for REILLY to remind ourselves what the bigger picture is…to celebrate and share the love of Christ with everyone.

As we’ve gotten to know these organizations more since launching “One Love,” we encourage you to learn more about them too! Visit www.reillytheband.com/onelove to watch some compelling videos or simply click on a logo.

Question for you: How has God surprised you when you’ve loved others by giving of your resources to those in need?

In our next blog we’ll talk about how we got the name for our campaign.

Love,
John & Bonnie

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Enjoy!
Dan Huie

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South Dakota

Hey friends

We had a great weekend in South Dakota.  We spent a couple days in Sioux Falls with our friend and fellow worship artist Joe GarciaMexican, Muay Thai Boxing, Mega Laughs and Mongolian Grill pretty much sums up our time together.  It was nice to hang out and just enjoy talking about the things of God and sharing many laughs too.  Being in Sioux Falls got us really excited for LIFELIGHT FESTIVAL. That’s the giant FREE festival that happens over Labor Day Weekend.  This will be our 2nd time at the festival and we can not wait to play both the Main Stage and the Side Stage.   Can’t wait!!!
We then headed to Rapid City, SD for HILLS ALIVE FESTIVAL. Hills Alive is another free festival that draws all types of people to the center of Rapid City.  This was our first year playing and we were excited to experience a new festival.  This was was literally in the middle of town and had about 30,000 people come out.  We had an afternoon slot and saw the crowds get bigger as our first song began.  I think people hear the “Eleanor Rigby” String Intro and are curious to hear what in the world is going on.  After the set, we were told by the festival director (shout out to Kathy Cook) and her daughter (What up Brittney) that the crowd and the staff were blown away.  She called us the “Sleeper” band of the festival… not too many people knew who we were at first but then afterwards everyone couldn’t stop talking about us.  We were thrilled to hit a brand new audience and share the love of Christ with people who never have even heard of Jesus before!  We love being part of these festivals whose goals are all about bringing attention to Jesus Christ.

hopefully a video blog will come shortly 🙂

Mount Reillymore

Evie Tatto'd at Hills Alive

HIlls Alive Crowd!

Best

Dan huie

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We had a great weekend in Minneapolis and Duluth MN. We played a couple shows to help raise money for Refuge Radio. Being that Duluth is where my grandfather and father immigrated to, and Minneapolis is where many of my relatives now live, I enjoyed catching up with my family and hanging in a town that I’m very familiar with.

We had a couple days off until our next show so we stayed with some friends in Poplar, WI.  We went out to see Lake Superior (the world’s largest lake) and here are some pics.  It reminded us of “Where the Wild Things Are”

Thanks

Dan Huie

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We put together a video from our time at Creation Festival.  Here it is:

In Duluth MN right now.  More updates coming soon.

thanks!

Dan Huie

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We had the pleasure of playing at Creation Festival this past weekend. What an amazing time. Great to play for your home state. We played the main stage and had a big turnout for our show. We had been praying prior to the show that we would just be able to connect with people more and God answered that. Our new songs are taking off and I love our new intro to the set 🙂

We hung out with friends from Skillet, Tenth Ave, Family Force 5, Chris Hopper, and our coffeeman Danny at 1000 Hills Coffee. We’re selling their coffee at our merch table to help support the work 1000 Hills is doing in Rwanda.

Funny moments: Jeff from Tenth Ave North and Jonathan from Skillet and I all got confused for each other throughout the day… Maybe because we’re all asian and we play guitars/violins. At Creation West we plan on tricking everyone by wearing the same exact thing and seeing how many people we can fool 🙂

Here are some pics:

Thanks!
Dan Huie

Onto LIFEST in Wisconsin!!!! Come see us play on Thursday. <div class=”wp-caption alignnone” style=”width: 2058px”Jen, the drummer from Skillet, and Noele

Jen, the drummer from Skillet, and Noele

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fans rocking homemade “Sunlight” “Daybreak” shirts

<div class=”wp-caption alignnone” style=”width: 2058px”Dan, Jeff and Jonathan. The three asian amigos

Dan, Jeff and Jonathan. The three asian amigos

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Alive Festival in Ohio was one of last year’s surprise hit festivals last year. We had played a side stage in 09 and had such a great response that we eagerly were awaiting Alive 10. This year we had a Main Stage Slot and during the last minute we booked the same side stage slot as last year. Therefore we had a 2 PM Side Stage performance and then a 4 PM Main Stage slot on the same day. It turned out to be a long, but amazingly fun day. We got to hang out with fellow violinist Jonathan Chu from Skillet and Chad from TWLOHA as well as our host family the Stewarts (great people and great restaurant owners… Zack’s Fire & Ice in Akron, OH… check it out).

The performances were splendid. On one hand the side stage is uber intimate with crowds practically touching you. The main stage was giant and we loved looking into the beautiful amphitheater of people! Great year at Alive 2010. The people of Ohio never disappoint.

Less than 10 hours later (6 of which were driving) we arrived at the Main Stage in Gaylord, MI for THE BIG TICKET FESTIVAL. This was the first festival that we played and we went from Indie stage winners to the Main Stage and more importantly have enjoyed building a wonderful relationship with the festival staff and the people of Michigan and Canada. We fought through rain and fog and had a great performance and we featured some never before heard festival songs from our new album. We enjoyed hanging all day as the sun broke through and then later that evening went to our never-before-met host families. Wow… Michigan people are SOOOO KIND. Many people are but these people were super nice. WE LOVE meeting new people and then in less than 12 hours you feel like long lost friends.

ON Sunday the Sabbath we led worship for their church (awesome), and then went south to Holland, MI for a concert at Calvary Baptist Church. This was the church’s 1st concert ever!!! It was sweet. Great fish bake for dinner too 🙂 Once again the host family of Michigan were AWESOME.

So that’s our Ohio and Michigan festival and concert adventures.

DAN

BTW The fine men and women of Casting Crowns are very kind and genuine people. This is Reilly approving that they are True on stage and off stage.

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