In September 2007, 12-year-old Andy Kosmala was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Unfortunately, Andy died in May. But though he is no longer with his family and friends, Andy's faith inspired many people.
One day while Andy's mom, Eileen, was driving him home after treatment for the tumor, Andy was talking in his sleep. Because of the talking, Eileen was worried that her son might be having a seizure. But he woke up abruptly and said, “Get me paper. Get me a pencil. I can't forget this.” Eileen pulled over to give her son what he wanted so he could write down what he was told in his dream.
Andy's dream was that he was at Mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church – along with talking animals. One of the animals said to remember the word “dog-e-vol,” which would make him happy, and another said to remember and study the word “mela-surej.” So Andy wrote down the words, not knowing their importance.
When Andy got home, he showed the words to his sister, Emily, who immediately noticed that her brother had written “love God” and “Jerusalem” backwards.
Andy shared this story of his dream on his Caring Bridge Web site and became an inspiration to many people. Caringbridge.com is a way for people with cancer to let family and friends know what is going on.
During her son's illness, Eileen Kosmala took great comfort in music, in her church and in the songs of professional artists, her favorite being the music of Sara Groves. Groves' music helped her get through the tough times.
Suzanne Fish wanted to do something to help her friend Eileen. Suzanne called Sara Groves' manager to see if Groves could fit Charlotte into her concert tour. They agreed to do a concert in Cornelius at Grace Covenant Church to honor the Kosmala family.
The concert is being hosted by Grace Covenant and Holy Spirit churches, as well as Crossroads Bible Church in Denver.
All the money from the concert will go to The International Justice Mission, www.IJM.org, “a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression” and Food for the Hungry, www.FH.org, which works in “developing countries, providing disaster and emergency relief.”
The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 and is called the Art*Music*Justice Tour. Besides Groves, other artists to appear will be Brandon Heath, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken and Charlie Peacock.
Now the job of the community is to sell tickets to the concert and to volunteer for areas such as security, tickets and clean-up. Since the music is for the whole family – and the price of a night's entertainment is only $20 – everyone from this area should plan to attend.
The organizations are also looking for corporate sponsors to help defray the costs. They want all the money raised by the ticket sales to help the needy, in order to further honor the memory of Andy.
For ticket information, to donate or to volunteer, go to CrossroadsConcert.org, e-mail john@crossroadscon cert.org, or call 704-530-4087.
A friend of the Kosmala family who is also a fan of Groves' said that anyone who attends will “walk away from this concert with peace in their hearts.”