Last Summer, I wrote an email that I never thought would be answered…but it was, and what has happened since then has been AMAZING!
See, I was planning my fall fundraiser event. In November we hold an Orphan Luncheon to raise funds for PY and to raise awareness for orphaned and vulnerable children. I knew if I wanted my event to be a success, I needed to find someone to perform who people would want to see…so I wrote an email to Francesca Battistelli asking her if she would perform. I still remember when I got an answer from her manger saying that YES she wanted to come and perform, it was incredible..but wait there’s more!!
The day of the luncheon finally came, and Francesca came to perform. She was so incredibly sweet and nice. While she was performing she started talking about a new song she just wrote and that was going to be on her new CD. It took me a few minutes to realize she was talking about me, and my story. She wrote a song about me! I couldn’t believe it. I started crying, my mom was crying and Franny was crying too. The song is “Giants Fall” and it is beautiful, I was in shock, not only did Franny come to perform but she wrote a song about me!
We got to spent time that day and I got to know her better. Since then I have been able to go to her concerts and hear her tell my story from the stage, and hear Giants Fall live. It’s been incredible, people have heard my story from Franny and they email me. Hundreds of people are hearing my story every night she performs.
In an interview, Franny talked about the story behind the song and this is what she said…
This song began with a 14-year-old girl named Mallory. When she was 11 she started an organization that has raised over $20,000 to help children in Uganda. She’s an amazing girl who had a vision to do something for the kingdom of God that was bigger than herself. She reached out to me about singing at a benefit luncheon, and in her email, she said, “People are telling me I’m crazy to even write you, but if I’ve learned anything the past few years, its that God is able to do so much more than I could ever imagine if I would just step out in faith and ask.” I was so moved by her faith that a few days later I wrote this song for her (again with Jeff Pardo and Molly Reed). The song is a reminder that no matter how small the gifts or talents you are holding in your hands might seem, if God is able to use a tiny stone to make Goliath fall, He can do absolutely anything. All it takes is mustard seed sized faith.
– Francesca Battistelli
When she shares my story in interviews, it still amazes me, I’m just me, Mallory..she’s Francesca Battistelli and she’s talking about me!
My favorite line in the song is…Don’t you be afraid of giants in your way with God you know that anything’s possible! That is what I hold onto, that is what God has shown me so many times since I started PY….that with Him ANYTHING is possible.
What is even cooler then all this, is that I have gotten to know Franny and her husband since the luncheon and they are super cool people, and Franny not only cares about what I am doing with PY but she cares about ME, and I am lucky to call her friend!
If you haven’t gotten Franny’s new CD yet..get it today! It is AMAZING!!! It is called “If We’re Honest” and when you listen to Giants Fall, know that its a very special song to me. I’d love to hear what you think about it..you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
“If We’re Honest” on iTunes click here