American Idol Ministries (No. I’m not kidding.)
Danny Gokey’s charity, Sophia’s Heart Foundation, appears to be doing a gala in 2010. While the One Heart Gala is in its planning infancy, the woman planning it has decided to start a blog about, well, the planning.
Meanwhile, all over Milwaukee, people are going Gokey crazy. Including area veternarians and Starbucks baristas. Nice to see Milwaukee doing their part for their hometown boy. As long as they’re not heading in droves to his church, of course.
Lots of people think the criticism of Faith Builders International Ministries is unwarranted. Alas. Another blogger has accused me, and others of posting things with sadistic glee. (The least she could have done was linked back to me, ya know?)
Take a look at who’s orchestrating the backlash
Besides particularly vicious remarks about Danny’s widower status (some even referring to him as “Dead Wife Guy”), most of the anti-Danny Gokey people are savaging his Christian faith and even denigrating the church he attends–copy ‘n pasting things from Faithbuilders’ website and ridiculing them with sadistic glee.
The comments are typically teeming with obscenities and juvenile name-calling. They truly exhibit the mindset of people who obviously have not even a nodding acquaintance with compassion or heart.
Bellesi has literally started an American Idol Ministries of sorts. As in, this woman likes to help out Christian contestants’ families by giving them housing, airfare and spiritual support while they’re in the big, bad city of Los Angeles.
Bellesi, with the help of her husband, Pastor Denny Bellesi, started something called AI Ministry Resource at the beginning of season 7. They basically fly people in and out, give them a place to stay, et al. Very recently, Bellesi even flew Jamar Rogers back to Milwaukee for his 27th birthday.
(And if you’re a Jamar fan, you can have him mix you a drink at a P.F. Chang’s somewhere in Los Angeles.)
The Bellesis are the founders of something called Kingdom Assignment. They’ve made a name for themselves by handing out $100 to members of their congregation and telling them to do something good with it, inspired by 2000’s ridiculously overly-sentimental film, Pay It Forward. They’ve even been featured on Oprah, as she used some of their philosophies in her Oprah’s Big Give show. Apparently, they’ve also been featured in People and on Dateline.
I won’t begrudge anyone for giving out money for others to do good deeds, however…
I’m sure you could say how nice it is for this woman to help out these fellow Christians and their families, but some might find this a little odd. It does seem that starting a ministry might be a good way for some Fan Frauen to get closer to their Idol Messiah. Contestants who have benefitted from Bellesi’s “good will” include Jason Castro and Syesha Mercado, whose parents stayed at residences owned by the Bellesis while they were on the show.
Bellesi has done an exceptionally good job of getting close to Idol contestants, as indicated by her blog. (She even has the McPheever!) I’ve seen compelling evidence of many women who spend excessive amounts of money to follow their Idol favorite(s), but this is perhaps the most well-orchestrated and elaborate plans I’ve ever witnessed.
While the Bellesis have done a lot of good as far as charitable works go, it still seems a bit odd and unnecessary to create an outreach ministry for American Idol contestants.
But at this point, nothing surprises me.