Matt Brouwer Releases 'Freedom Song', Helps Build School in Guatemala

Published: 2007-07-06
Nova Scotia native Matt Brouwer has just released a new single "Freedom Song" from his latest album B-Sides Recording Vol. 1 to Canadian radio and the song has been brought to life by the work he is doing in Guatemala this summer. Brouwer co-founded what is called New Beginning Resources Inc. and the mission organization has been heading to Central America for the past 5 years where Brouwer has experienced hope through trials and light in dark places which he has started to incorporate into his songwriting. "Freedom Song" was born out of a very dry time for me in my writing...with all that is going on in the world I felt compelled to search for hope and meaning in the face of some pretty bleak circumstances of war and fear...this song is a prayer for peace," explained Brouwer.

In 2003, during Matt's first visit to Guatemala he met Arnold, a local Pastor who had a vision for the children of community. Matt found himself looking for opportunities to see God at work and be a part of His purposes. "Education is huge for the Mayan people because it gives them options to rise above the poverty that they have been sentenced to by the State ever since the war ended in 1996" Brouwer said. "I came back from the trip and could not get the school idea or Arnold's story out of my mind. In a moment of clarity the idea came to me that I was supposed to help him raise money. I thought that I could do benefit concerts and fund raisers. I started to talk about this idea with friends and they all brought up valid points about how I was going to do this on my own--taxes--write off's--receipts--all things I had not considered. That's when I met the Shaw family here in Houston. They had the resources and the knowledge to get things going but they needed a vision, so together we started New Beginning Resources INC. and began fund-raising for Arnold's school."

The school is slated to be completed and classes begin in January of 2008. The school will provide a new beginning for the Mayan children and an opportunity for the freedom we have in Jesus Christ now and when He returns, when we all experience true freedom.

For more information about Matt Brouwer go to www.mattbro.com or www.myspace.com/mattbrowermusic .

Writer: Soul Shine Staff

   

 

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