Investigators are sifting through the remains of the tour bus that was carrying the bands I AM THEY and Citizen Way, after a fire engulfed and destroyed the bus. The bands were on tour together when their bus caught on fire. Thankfully, all band members and crew are safe.
On their Facebook, I AM THEY told us they’re working on what to do next:
Everyone is safe. We’re not exactly sure how it started but the bus that @citizenway and we were traveling on caught fire. So sorry to everyone who bought tickets for the show tonight, we will make it up to you. Please keep us in your prayers as we try to figure out what the next step is. We love you all.
Ironically, I AM THEY’S current single, “Scars” addresses how God uses difficulties from our past to bring about His ultimate purposes. It appears that the band now has a personal testimony to apply this truth.
Lately, there has been a rash of Tour bus accidents happening to Christian artists. Seventh Day Slumber and the Southern Gospel group The Perry's have both recently been in accidents involving their tour buses. Other bands that have had experience with bus accidents include Sanctus Real, We Are Messengers, Addison Road, and Sidewalk Prophets.
UPDATE: A fundraising page established by the non-profit Generosity Rocks has been set up to raise money to keep this ministry traveling on the road. Citizen Way's Ben Calhoun shares, “Despite this loss, we know God uses all things for good. We also know He has plans for the work of Citizen Way, Generosity Rocks, and YOU! I founded the non-profit Generosity Rocks and am humbled to serve alongside a board that equips bands like us to minister across the country and pour into local communities. We do that not only with the Gospel but by donating 10% of our merchandise sales every night to a local charity, outreach or ministry.”
“This mission IS going forward! We need to replace this transportation as part of that mission,” adds Calhoun. “Reliable buses can cost up to one million dollars or more. We don’t need anything near that, but it will cost about $250,000 for something sturdy enough to take what constant touring requires. Would you support this outreach by making a tax-deductible donation to Generosity Rocks? We want to continue bringing this message of hope found in Jesus and generosity to your community soon. Thank you for making it happen with your donation today!"
To donate and to find out more information, please visit their donation page