Mac Powell

Third Day founder and lead singer Mac Powell brings the entertainment for Friday’s Restoration Gateway fundraiser.

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As a founder and frontman for Christian band Third Day, singer Mac Powell knows there are plenty of good causes to champion and plenty of audiences who respond to those causes.

When it comes to Waco’s Restoration Gateway, which supports family and community building work in Uganda, he found something in his personal situation that resonated with the organization’s work, particularly with orphaned children.

“I have five kids and the two youngest are adopted. We found through the gift of adoption a blessing on our family,” he said.

At the same time, raising five children with his wife Aimee also made him sensitive to what it would be like to be a child in a place where clean water, jobs or education weren’t readily available, he said.

The Dove Award-winning Powell comes to Waco Friday night to perform at Restoration Gateway’s fundraiser, aimed at providing for a 180-bed hospital in addition to the organization’s ongoing work with orphans and families. Tim and Janice McCall, former missionaries to Uganda, returned to the country in 2007 and started Restoration Gateway to bring resources to their work.

“We get so many offers to do things like this, so many worthy causes. The truth is, we can’t do it all,” said Powell. “I know and understand that not everybody can go to Uganda, but we can all be part of supporting others.”

Powell, fresh from finishing a tour with country performer Craig Morgan, will sing a mix of his Christian and country songs at the fundraiser. “I think it’s going to be a great night. Hearts and minds can be changed,” he said.

The deadline for reservations has passed, but those wanting information on Restoration Gateway and how to help can call 752-0583 or visit the organization’s website at

Tribune-Herald entertainment editor