A benefit concert Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Riverview United Methodist Church in Toronto will showcase entertainment from nine different churches while raising funds for a mission trip to Senegal, Africa.
The church is located at 105 N. River Ave., Toronto. A love offering will be taken.
The concert is to help raise money for the Rev. Josh Elliott, pastor of Riverview UMC, and Don Redmond to go on a two-week mission trip Jan. 1 along with Bob and June Wagner.
"We will be installing water lines that will run to three or four villages," Redmond said. "The villages will be in the north end of Senegal. There will probably be between 5 and 10 miles of line run through dry dessert like soil. The lines need to be buried and the hole dug so there will be a gravity flow. This is all done by hand with pick and shovel," Redmond explained.
"The Senegalese people are hard-working, wonderful people. The water will be pumped from a deep well built by the French by a solar pump supplied by us. This will be the first time we tried solar because the cost of diesel fuel is very high, and they are very poor. Other groups and I have previously installed water lines to around 20 villages. This gives clean water for drinking to places that not only did not have clean water, but were running out of water period," Redmond continued.
"The concert will be provided by talent from nine different churches and is the best in the valley," Redmond said.