Back to India!

Exactly one year ago we traveled to India to visit The Pillalu House. It was an incredible time for us as a team. As you all know from our past updates our goal since then has been to find a supporter for every child, raise money for a new facility as well as begin the stages of starting a social business.  Over the past year we’ve gone on tour with our band Liz and the Lions and had exhibitions of photographs and fine art paintings from our art series “Pillalu”. Through touring and exhibiting we were able to raise the finances to build a new Pillalu home and we also found 28 long term monthly supporters for each child! We’ve also made contacts with people who will help us with the beginning stages of the social business. 

Now we are prepared on Saturday, June 4th to go back to India and visit the house, the kids, and the long-term workers. This trip will be based on building the the next steps of The Pillalu House. We will be planning with the long-term workers about the structure of the project, meeting with architects to begin building the new facility, and meeting with our business advisor to talk about the longevity of The Pillalu House.

Philipp, a longer term YWAMer here in Nuremberg, is consulting us on the steps towards the social business and has connected us with an incredible group of people in India who are part of something called BAM: Business as Mission. They are local businessmen and women, who have a heart to reach India with the Gospel through business. “Business as mission is demonstrating what the Kingdom of God is like in the context of business – and as we do so, engaging with the world’s more pressing social, economic, environmental and spiritual issues.”- BAM

Our trip is June 4 - June 15. Please pray for us as it is 40C/105F in India! We need prayer with communication as we are having meetings daily with businessmen, locals, and architects about the future of The Pillalu House. For the time there to be enough; we have less than two weeks to accomplish so much! And of course for good health and good times!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us in the past and has seen our journey as a team partnering with The Pillalu House. We are excited to give you more updates with photos and stories as we come back from India. 

Back From Tour

We just got back from our two week tour through Germany! 

The tour was used in order to launch "The Pillalu Project": an orphanage in Vijayawada, India that supports 28 orphaned street children. Each show consisted of a concert from our band Liz and the Lions, an exhibition of collaborative art done by the members of Pick a Pocket, as well as information about ways to get connected to the Pillalu project.

Through out the tour our team had many incredible experiences and saw the powerful ways their art moved people. Liz and the Lions used the tour in order to promote their new album “The Lore of the Burly Beasts”, which if you haven’t gotten your hands on yet, do so:

 

Liz and the Lions had incredible response through the music really moving and calling people to action. The band played a show every night and welcomed the audience to participate in their songs by becoming part of their tales of all the different "beasts" from their new album. Throughout their concert they connecting people to the stories of the children in The Pillalu Home and even sang songs the band wrote for the project. 

The artist exhibited a collaborative exhibition of 15 art pieces. People were moved to personally connect with each child through the art. From water colors portraits by Ashley Davis, life sized oil paints by Ruth Pool to fine art hand colored photographs by Ulrich Mannchen of the children in Lion mask and culture documentary photos by Taylor Pool. The team collaborated on showing the individual characters of the children as well as the culture in which they live in.

Through the music and art our team was able to find monthly support for all 28 children! Not to mention raise almost all the necessary funds to build a new children home through music/ art sales and donations. We are extremely excited by the success we are having in supporting this project! This now means that for the next 3 years the children's home is securely supported with monthly support, allowing us to focus our time and energy on getting a new facility built and a social business created! 

With open air concerts in Dresden, grunge bars in Hamburg, churches in Wöllfenbuttel and art exhibitions in Hof, we experienced different audiences, conversations, and people that allowed us different platforms to share about our work. From punk rock kids, children and Syrian refugee , Pick a Pocket poured into anyone who wanted to listen and experience the power of using art to end extreme poverty. BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO MADE THIS TOUR HAPPEN:

WONDERLAND CREATIVE STUDIOS, ICF, THE SCHNEIDERS, STARBUCKS, LUSH, YWAM HERRNHUT, AGAPE, THE KONCZALS, KATIE WEIKLE, HASENSCHAUKEL, THE MANNCHENS, HOFTEXPLOSION, THE VIGH'S, YWAM SARASOTA, THE APPELS, MISHA GOLIN, AND ALL OUR HOST AND GUEST THAT SHOWED UP AND SUPPORTED THE PROJECT AND ART! YOU ROCK! THANK YOU!

Lastly we'd like to thank Flori who just finished her three month internship with Pick a Pocket. From going on outreach to India with us, organizing all the information for each child, creating the brochure, working on the video and helping us get all 28 kids supported, she is by far our hardest working and most valuable intern we've had yet! Thank you Flori for all you've done! 

 

That's all Folks! Stay tuned for the next steps of The Pillalu House!