Idol Chatter

FamilyForce5pic.jpgI don’t know what it is that causes people to share the most intimate details of their personal lives with complete strangers, but I’ve had dozens of music artists tell me that it happens to them almost every night after a show. Fans often tell them about their struggle with anxiety or cutting, or their plans to commit suicide, and while the artists have a genuine desire to love and help these fans, they certainly aren’t equipped to deal with what may be life-threatening issues in the few minutes they have while loading up their van.
Enter the HeartSupport Tour, featuring headliners, popular Christian rock-rap band Family Force 5 with special guests Falling Up, Spoken, and This Beautiful Republic. is a new ministry of Fireproof Ministries, the folks who founded, which reaches out to those addicted to porn with a message of healing, hope, and love. Members of the ministry just attended the Las Vegas Porn Show, handing out 144 Jesus Loves Porn Stars t-shirts and 3,500 Jesus Loves Porn Stars Bibles. was started to help anyone struggling with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-injury, or suicide. The site offers resources and an online community of people who share their stories and offer support to walk the road together.
To help launch the new ministry, HeartSupport is going out on the road with Family Force 5.
The guys in Family Force 5 had been talking with XXXChurch founder Craig Gross for more than a year, looking for a way to incorporate the ministry into a tour. When Craig told the guys about HeartSupport, they knew it was a perfect match.
Not only will the band be donating a portion of their tour and T-shirt proceeds to the ministry, but HeartSupport co-founder Jon Bell will be emceeing the shows and offering a talk back session between sets.
And in what may be the most creative outreach tactic ever, the tour will have a “Your Story Confessional” booth on site where concert goers can share their personal stories and struggles. Jon Bell (and I’m assuming other HeartSupport volunteers) will be there for anyone who needs help that night or who wants to know where to get help after the show.
The HeartSupport Tour kicked off last week and continues through the end of February. For complete tour dates click here.
–written by Joanne Brokaw

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