Thursday, October 29, 2009

Private Concert with Austins Bridge

1Last week, Nashville residents, staff, and guests were so excited to get to enjoy the music of the new up and coming Southern Gospel group, Austins Bridge, who came out to sing and lead worship at Mercy Ministries. Made up of three young men, Justin Rivers, Toby Hitchcock and Jason Baird, the male trio shared personal stories from their own lives about how God’s mercy is always there to carry us through whatever situations and circumstances we may be going through. This is one of the reasons why their music and lyrics so connect with the heart and vision of Mercy Ministries.

In fact, Austins Bridge just released a new song about mercy that offers a great description of Christ’s unconditional love, which is taught and exemplified inside all of the Mercy Ministries homes. We are excited to team up with these passionate young men, who will also be joining Mercy Ministries at our official dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our new Sacramento home on Saturday, November 7th. For more information, click here.

Austins Bridge offers an awesome mixture of eclectic sound and heartfelt ministry that truly uplifted and encouraged our residents and staff. We look forward to enjoying their music again in California at our Grand Opening! Here is what some of the girls had to say:

Beth said, “I really related to when Toby talked about hitting rock bottom before making a change…realizing ‘this isn’t me.’ He said, “It’s okay to struggle in life because that’s how we learn, but God and His mercy will never leave you.’ I really like the chorus of the last song about God’s mercy – ‘When feeling hopeless, abandoned or lost, Mercy pleads your case before the cross.’”

Ashleigh said, “I thought they were amazing. I really liked the stories they each told and especially the last song about mercy – how God’s mercy doesn’t leave you no matter what! I really like their music.”

Hannah said, “I loved the music. Their stories were encouraging, and I felt God as they sang. I’m really glad they came.”

Meagan said, “What an incredible, fun group with so many moving songs and stories. I really liked the song that says ‘There is a God.’ As we look around, how can we not see all He’s given and done for us? Also, the stories they told really touched my heart. I want to have that child-like heart, spirit and vulnerability!”

To learn more about Austins Bridge visit their website at

Check out this video of their visit at the Nashville home.