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‘Thirstborne’ Group to Perform at EMU

Posted on December 14th, 2004

From left: Jason Fishburn, Jeremy Kempf, Erin Kempf, Kyle Baker and Neil Richer began a nationwide tour in September 2004 as the band, “Thirstborne.”
Photo by Bethany Keener

Thirstborne,” a five-member contemporary Christian music band, will help ring in the second semester with a concert 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, in Lehman Auditorium.

The group is on a nationwide tour, visiting colleges, high schools and youth groups to encourage the faith of young people while also sharing service opportunities through learning and discipleship programs offered by Mennonite Mission Network, the mission agency of Mennonite Church USA.

The band, whose original members met at Hesston (Kan.) College, are bass player Neil Richer, West Unity, Ohio; lead vocalist and guitarist Jason Fisburn, Hesston; drummer Kyle Baker, Princeton, Ill.; lead guitarist Jeremy Kempf, Shickley, Neb.; and Keyboardist Erin Kempf, Wayland, Iowa.

All the members except Baker, who is taking a year off from studying, graduated from Greenville (Ill.) College.

“The band’s name, ‘Thirstborne,’ describes our need as humans to be fulfilled,” said Fishburn. “As humans, we bear a thirst for something.”

That “something,” the band declares, is “fulfilled in a relationship with Jesus Christ.”

As persons respond to the band’s message, group members want to inform them of tangible ways to put their faith into action. Each band member has been involved in short-term service assignments ranging from Mennonite Disaster Service to working on a Hopi Indian reservation to musical ministries.

While band members hope to be positive role models for young adults, they are quick to say that they are just “normal people trying to learn more about God and improve our own relationships with Christ.”

Thirstborne has been playing together since 2000, touring to represent Hesston College, leading worship at local and national youth events, including the past two Mennonite conventions in Nashville and Atlanta, and scheduling tours to perform their original rock music with Christ-centered lyrics.

The concert, co-sponsored by Mennonite Mission Network and EMU campus ministries, is open to the public and will be geared especially to youth and young adults.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to support the EMU Compassion Fund.

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