Rick Orozco was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the young age of 20 and has spent most of his adult life composing and recording music with many of his musical heroes.
Once, there was a regular Joe who devoted his life to making Jesus Lord of his life. Then, one day, this regular Joe woke up and realized how far he'd deviated from the path of faith and had been wasting time fighting battles that had no eternal significance. This is the story of how this regular Joe found his way back to faithfulness.
Recently, our gofundme.com/trinimission efforts were successful thanks to a number of friends and disciples like J. Brian Craig and others who gave so graciously to the cause. Working with HOPE worldwide Trinidad and Tobago and the Port of Spain Church of Christ, we were able to raise a sizable donation for St. Mary's Children Home in Trinidad. HOPE worldwide is an international charity that changes lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and needy. St Mary's Children Home is very deserving of our assistance because of the kinds of services it offers.
I’m eight years old, sitting on the carpet in my parents' living room in Durham, North Carolina. There’s a warmth and energy flowing through the room. I’m surrounded by at least four couples my parents age, a couple guitars, maybe a tambourine or hand shaker, and a lot of laughter, singing, and joy. Moments like this are etched in my brain. Not the exact people or the exact songs, but the emotional memory is vivid - I’m completely full, happy, alive.
Several years ago, Herschel Mclemore and I started a music group called Shades of Vision. The purpose of starting the group was to inspire Christians to stay faithful and true to God. Over the years we've written original songs that married the old school flavor with an R&B flare. In our latest project we desired to marry the old school with the young way of hip hop, in order to impact our youth.Over the last twenty years, my wife and I have served in the full-time ministry and spent time in churches in Providence, Rhode Island, Springfield, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Oklahoma City. Since 1993, we've been in the DC Regional Christian Church, where I currently serve in the full time ministry.
Eugene Phillips and I are the main songwriters for the group. I usually write songs that are born out of life experiences, as with the song "Lord You Know." Here are two songs that we'd like to share with you.
The U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, John L. Estrada, attended a concert hosted by the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, (UWI STA). The Department of Creative and Fine Arts, in partnership with HOPE worldwide Trinidad and Tobago and 2016 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar Tony Martin hosted the event. The concert honored St. Mary’s Children Home (SMCH) staff and residents.
This poetry was written as a spiritual expression of Remembrance Sunday - an annual UK holiday to honor the sacrifices and heroics of those fought to secure freedom for others.
Here is a poem based on the thought in 2 Corinthians 13:5: "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test?"