For two weeks, each member contributed their gifts and talents to the residents they met.
"At first I wasn't sure what I would be able to offer there. I like using cameras and meeting people, so I thought about doing a documentary of the trip." However, Thien quickly changed his plans as he realized the depth of the project. And then it dawned on him.
Although, ike most performers, Thien has a "day job" -- he's a naval flight officer on sea tour and teaches NROTC at Morehouse College when he's on shore tour -- writing, singing and performing music has been a large part of his life.
As he prepared to go with the mission team, Thien continued to sense that this was the direction God was pulling him and that God would inspire him to write 10 songs in 10 days. The songs, which Thien describes as peaceful, acoustic pop, would feature the beauty of the people in Nakuru and invite listeners to support them.
Jeff Beech, one of Thien's mentors, said, "Many people thought that this was more than ambitious. But we know that with God all things are possible."
Support from friends like Beech allowed Thien the chance to begin his challenge. While in Nakuru, he was able to meet the people there and listen closely to their needs.
The result is a project that does more than entertain. Thien has been working with a producer to record the songs on an enhanced CD. Thien has committed 100 percent of the proceeds to go directly back to the ministries in Nakuru that God used to inspire the music. The Beech Foundation has arranged to match every dollar raised and double it. A great deal of the production has already been donated.
In addition, Thien will perform his long awaited project, "Ten Songs in Ten Days." The free, open air concert will take place in Jeff and Greta Beech's pasture in South Rockdale on Sunday, Sept. 13.
Connected to all of the current media, Thien has been drawing quite a gathering. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are all linked to Matt and his music ministry.
Thien has been sharing his vision on local stations. Within the last month, he has appeared on Atlanta Live Channel 57 and radio station Star 94 FM. The concert is dedicated to raising $12,000 needed to see the project complete its first phase.
The family friendly, free outdoor show will be held at The Beech's House located at 2461 O'Neal Road, Conyers, GA 30094. Thien said that everyone is encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. If the weather doesn't cooperate, the concert will be held at Smyrna Presbyterian Church's Tabernacle at 2920 Ga. Highway 212. More details may be found at www.mattthien.com