We got to end our day in hoodies today! So stoked about this weather in Milwaukee! You guys were awesome today! #skad #bringyourdarknesstolight #warpedtour

We got to end our day in hoodies today! So stoked about this weather in Milwaukee! You guys were awesome today! #skad #bringyourdarknesstolight #warpedtour

Our friend came back for a visit today to give us an update. 😭💞💞❤️ #skad #bringyourdarknesstolight #hope  #warpedtour

Our friend came back for a visit today to give us an update. 😭💞💞❤️ #skad #bringyourdarknesstolight #hope #warpedtour

Some of the sweetest moments captured are of embraces and I loved capturing this one at our tent today in Nashville @warpedtour. Everyone needs a hug from to time. #bringyourdarknesstolight #skad #warpedtour #hug #hope (at Van’s Warped Tour Nashville)

Some of the sweetest moments captured are of embraces and I loved capturing this one at our tent today in Nashville @warpedtour. Everyone needs a hug from to time. #bringyourdarknesstolight #skad #warpedtour #hug #hope (at Van’s Warped Tour Nashville)

Tyler friends! Get your car washed and make a donation to help us continue bringing hope to young people in the community and across the nation.

Tyler friends! Get your car washed and make a donation to help us continue bringing hope to young people in the community and across the nation.

The heartbeat of our organization! Weekly community nights for teens. A safe place for these kids to come and talk about what they’re walking through and a place to be encouraged. If you could have a SKAD Community Night in your city, which city would that be? #nonprofit #youthoutreach #hope #community #skad

It’s a beautiful day @warpedtour in Virginia beach! Come hang out and #bringyourdarknesstolight! #skad #warpedtour #hope

It’s a beautiful day @warpedtour in Virginia beach! Come hang out and #bringyourdarknesstolight! #skad #warpedtour #hope

Warped Update 5.


Psalm 139:12 says “Even the darkness is not dark you” and that’s something we at SKAD have been clinging too lately. Whether it be our team in Tyler, that are working with our local teens or our amazing volunteers on Warped Tour. We were so inspired by that verse that we even had our talented friend Corinne Buchannan create a shirt for us. Anyway, when I read a card like the one above, I just see the hurt, the struggles, the pain, and for anyone without Christ, they would probably look at that and think there is no hope-even the person that wrote that card, may feel like there isn’t any hope. However, I’m here today to tell you that ‘EVEN THE DARKNESS IS NOT DARK TO HIM.’ Your biggest struggles, your deepest darkest secrets, and anything you think people would shun you for-it still doesn’t phase the Lord. Let Him give you peace, comfort, freedom and allow Him to be the light in your life. You’re worth it.



If you haven’t watched our most recent video about our outreach on Warped Tour, please take time to do so.


Last week, I was in the office and received a Facebook message from a young lady on the SKAD facebook and this is what it said:


"I saw you today in Cincinnati and wanted to know what you were about, but never got around to asking even though I was volunteering at the booth right next to you. Near the end of the non-profit day (5:30, 6ish), I had ventured out into the crowd for the first time that day and came back a few minutes later after buying a shirt. For some reason, my anxiety was acting up (in all my years of volunteering at Warped Tour it never has before). In the midst of trying to deep breathe myself out of a panic attack and taking a little bit of my medicine, I looked over and saw a teenage boy crying at your booth talking to one of you. It shocked me at first, but I assumed he had gotten hurt and was waiting for First Aid or something. Seeing someone crying was making my anxiety worse, then I looked over again and saw -you- (whoever the man running your booth is) holding his hands over the boys head and it looked like he was praying. I automatically understood, he was experiencing the same thing I was. Maybe not anxiety, but some crippling form of emotional pain. I wanted to cry right then, because seeing -you- help talk him through it was helping me, almost like his calm demeanor and energy was radiating. I wanted to go over and say something once the boy left, but I was afraid. The people I was with are friends, but I still don’t feel like they would understand if I went over to say something to the people working your booth. The stigma behind mental illness is getting better, but not everyone is accepting yet. I’m sorry for the long message, but I just need to say thank you. Thank you for what you are doing, what you stand for, and the safe environment you give to people who need it. Thank you for being fearless in a society that wants to point fingers instead of opening arms. Thank you. I’m sorry for the long message, but please pass on to the two people who are working your booth that they are making a difference even if they don’t realize it."  — Anonymous

After reading that message, I was so moved and encouraged by it, that I shared it with David and Madison. David was so blown away and then shared the story about what was actually happening when the girl witnessed that.


"It was about 30 minutes to close, super slow day, when out of nowhere this dude and his girlfriend ran up to the tent and started off the conversation by asking me if I was a Christian and if I could pray for the guy. (My guess is they saw "JOHN 10:10" on the tent). The guy proceeded to tell me about how he’s a volunteer fire fighter who suffers from PTSD. When we began to pray that God would fill him with peace, he started weeping, I asked Him what was going on, he then told me all about how he had been involved in witchcraft, the occult, and even blood sacrifices. I took Him to the back of the tent and asked Him if He wanted to be free from all that and he was desperate for freedom. I briefly shared the gospel with Him and explained that even the darkness is not dark to God and how no matter what he’s been involved in or bound by, the blood of Jesus is powerful enough to set Him free. With many tears He renounced all of His witchcraft and ties with the occult, repented of His sin, and gave His life to Christ."  — David Rozier

That story is reason enough to be out there. Lives are being impacted whether they stop by the tent or whether they’re just passing by.


"A young girl came up to the board and as she was reading the cards, I asked if I could tell her about SKAD. She wanted to fill out a card right away and when she did, It read - ‘I love drugs way too much.’ I asked more about it and she really opened up about what type she liked, the highs, and how it made her feel- positive and negative. She stated that she has talked herself back from the edge of death. As we continued to talk I asked her if she felt like she was worth more and if she thought she was loved and cared for. She said she was sure her friends and family did. So I asked how they would feel about her not being around if something happened. I was able to really impress on her how unexpected death is and how the drugs could affect her by telling her about the loss I just had the night before. It really hit home about the severity of it then, and she seemed genuinely serious about trying to be free of them. We talked about a lot of random stuff following that, including snowboarding, which she was so passionate about. She came back later to talk even more and we really kept bonding."  — Madison Vander Hamm

Last week, our volunteer Madison lost a friend named CJ and texted me around 2:45 AM to tell me about it and yet, she still got up early the next morning and went out to continue outreach. That right there, shows the power and strength of the Lord. The story above also shows how God can use anything and everything for His glory. He can take dark situations and use them for something beautiful. Don’t ever forget that.


We only have a few weeks left of the tour and we ask that you continue praying for David and Madison and the teens that stop by our tent to bring their darkness to light.



We still need $4545.71 to finish out the tour, so please consider giving.
We are having a local car wash fundraiser this Saturday the 26th at CVS on Broadway and 5th street-next to Bergfeld park. It starts at 8 am and will last until there are no cars left. Please come by and let us wash your car, so we can continue impacting lives of young people locally and nationally.
We are also having a garage sale this Friday (8-4) & Saturday (8-1) the 25th & 26th. Please come by and spread the word. If you have any thing you want to donate (local only please) that we can sell in our garage sale, please contact me at stellaskad@gmail.com and I will come and pick up the goods.



It’s not rare or random for us to receive messages from kids that stopped by our tent, so here’s another that I wanted to share with you. I think it’s great that David took a photo of Gumby with her card, posted it to our Instagram and she ended up contacting us. How awesome.



"You guys are doing amazing things. Yesterday was my first Warped tour and my clever self spent it in a gumby costume the majority of the time. I was walking past the tents trying to get people to smile and someone pulled me I to this one (matt or David. I feel terrible for not remembering but I do remember his story and love it.) I spent maybe 20-30 just in the tent with him while my friend had to wander because she was bored. After writing out a card, I wasn’t afraid to write my first name, he asked if he could read it. I have nothing to hide, so sure. He seemed surprised of everything I had to go through. After he read it I told him everything since it wouldn’t fit on one card, and that just seemed to blow him away. He asked if he could share him story, and of course I said yes. I’m always intrigued to hear where people come from and what they had to do to get to where they are. It just blew me away and it made me so happy to hear that God was involved in a huge way. I’ve heard these stories where people curse god and get better on their own, but being a Christian in a metal scene, it really made my day. He asked if he could pray for me and of course I said yes, even the people in our church just shunned me away after learning about my past, never praying for me. We ended up praying right there in the tent and it was all I could do not to tear up. I truly appreciate everything he did for me, and everything He’s done for me so far, even though I’m still not okay. Thank you guys so much for being on Warped, and please share this with him so I might be able to find him."  — Anonymous Gumby

This post is dedicated to CJ Eckhardt, may he rest in peace.

Warped Update 5.


Psalm 139:12 says “Even the darkness is not dark you” and that’s something we at SKAD have been clinging too lately. Whether it be our team in Tyler, that are working with our local teens or our amazing volunteers on Warped Tour. We were so inspired by that verse that we even had our talented friend Corinne Buchannan create a shirt for us. Anyway, when I read a card like the one above, I just see the hurt, the struggles, the pain, and for anyone without Christ, they would probably look at that and think there is no hope-even the person that wrote that card, may feel like there isn’t any hope. However, I’m here today to tell you that ‘EVEN THE DARKNESS IS NOT DARK TO HIM.’ Your biggest struggles, your deepest darkest secrets, and anything you think people would shun you for-it still doesn’t phase the Lord. Let Him give you peace, comfort, freedom and allow Him to be the light in your life. You’re worth it.



If you haven’t watched our most recent video about our outreach on Warped Tour, please take time to do so.


Last week, I was in the office and received a Facebook message from a young lady on the SKAD facebook and this is what it said:


"I saw you today in Cincinnati and wanted to know what you were about, but never got around to asking even though I was volunteering at the booth right next to you. Near the end of the non-profit day (5:30, 6ish), I had ventured out into the crowd for the first time that day and came back a few minutes later after buying a shirt. For some reason, my anxiety was acting up (in all my years of volunteering at Warped Tour it never has before). In the midst of trying to deep breathe myself out of a panic attack and taking a little bit of my medicine, I looked over and saw a teenage boy crying at your booth talking to one of you. It shocked me at first, but I assumed he had gotten hurt and was waiting for First Aid or something. Seeing someone crying was making my anxiety worse, then I looked over again and saw -you- (whoever the man running your booth is) holding his hands over the boys head and it looked like he was praying. I automatically understood, he was experiencing the same thing I was. Maybe not anxiety, but some crippling form of emotional pain. I wanted to cry right then, because seeing -you- help talk him through it was helping me, almost like his calm demeanor and energy was radiating. I wanted to go over and say something once the boy left, but I was afraid. The people I was with are friends, but I still don’t feel like they would understand if I went over to say something to the people working your booth. The stigma behind mental illness is getting better, but not everyone is accepting yet. I’m sorry for the long message, but I just need to say thank you. Thank you for what you are doing, what you stand for, and the safe environment you give to people who need it. Thank you for being fearless in a society that wants to point fingers instead of opening arms. Thank you. I’m sorry for the long message, but please pass on to the two people who are working your booth that they are making a difference even if they don’t realize it."  — Anonymous

After reading that message, I was so moved and encouraged by it, that I shared it with David and Madison. David was so blown away and then shared the story about what was actually happening when the girl witnessed that.


"It was about 30 minutes to close, super slow day, when out of nowhere this dude and his girlfriend ran up to the tent and started off the conversation by asking me if I was a Christian and if I could pray for the guy. (My guess is they saw "JOHN 10:10" on the tent). The guy proceeded to tell me about how he’s a volunteer fire fighter who suffers from PTSD. When we began to pray that God would fill him with peace, he started weeping, I asked Him what was going on, he then told me all about how he had been involved in witchcraft, the occult, and even blood sacrifices. I took Him to the back of the tent and asked Him if He wanted to be free from all that and he was desperate for freedom. I briefly shared the gospel with Him and explained that even the darkness is not dark to God and how no matter what he’s been involved in or bound by, the blood of Jesus is powerful enough to set Him free. With many tears He renounced all of His witchcraft and ties with the occult, repented of His sin, and gave His life to Christ."  — David Rozier

That story is reason enough to be out there. Lives are being impacted whether they stop by the tent or whether they’re just passing by.


"A young girl came up to the board and as she was reading the cards, I asked if I could tell her about SKAD. She wanted to fill out a card right away and when she did, It read - ‘I love drugs way too much.’ I asked more about it and she really opened up about what type she liked, the highs, and how it made her feel- positive and negative. She stated that she has talked herself back from the edge of death. As we continued to talk I asked her if she felt like she was worth more and if she thought she was loved and cared for. She said she was sure her friends and family did. So I asked how they would feel about her not being around if something happened. I was able to really impress on her how unexpected death is and how the drugs could affect her by telling her about the loss I just had the night before. It really hit home about the severity of it then, and she seemed genuinely serious about trying to be free of them. We talked about a lot of random stuff following that, including snowboarding, which she was so passionate about. She came back later to talk even more and we really kept bonding."  — Madison Vander Hamm

Last week, our volunteer Madison lost a friend named CJ and texted me around 2:45 AM to tell me about it and yet, she still got up early the next morning and went out to continue outreach. That right there, shows the power and strength of the Lord. The story above also shows how God can use anything and everything for His glory. He can take dark situations and use them for something beautiful. Don’t ever forget that.


We only have a few weeks left of the tour and we ask that you continue praying for David and Madison and the teens that stop by our tent to bring their darkness to light.



We still need $4545.71 to finish out the tour, so please consider giving.
We are having a local car wash fundraiser this Saturday the 26th at CVS on Broadway and 5th street-next to Bergfeld park. It starts at 8 am and will last until there are no cars left. Please come by and let us wash your car, so we can continue impacting lives of young people locally and nationally.
We are also having a garage sale this Friday (8-4) & Saturday (8-1) the 25th & 26th. Please come by and spread the word. If you have any thing you want to donate (local only please) that we can sell in our garage sale, please contact me at stellaskad@gmail.com and I will come and pick up the goods.



It’s not rare or random for us to receive messages from kids that stopped by our tent, so here’s another that I wanted to share with you. I think it’s great that David took a photo of Gumby with her card, posted it to our Instagram and she ended up contacting us. How awesome.



"You guys are doing amazing things. Yesterday was my first Warped tour and my clever self spent it in a gumby costume the majority of the time. I was walking past the tents trying to get people to smile and someone pulled me I to this one (matt or David. I feel terrible for not remembering but I do remember his story and love it.) I spent maybe 20-30 just in the tent with him while my friend had to wander because she was bored. After writing out a card, I wasn’t afraid to write my first name, he asked if he could read it. I have nothing to hide, so sure. He seemed surprised of everything I had to go through. After he read it I told him everything since it wouldn’t fit on one card, and that just seemed to blow him away. He asked if he could share him story, and of course I said yes. I’m always intrigued to hear where people come from and what they had to do to get to where they are. It just blew me away and it made me so happy to hear that God was involved in a huge way. I’ve heard these stories where people curse god and get better on their own, but being a Christian in a metal scene, it really made my day. He asked if he could pray for me and of course I said yes, even the people in our church just shunned me away after learning about my past, never praying for me. We ended up praying right there in the tent and it was all I could do not to tear up. I truly appreciate everything he did for me, and everything He’s done for me so far, even though I’m still not okay. Thank you guys so much for being on Warped, and please share this with him so I might be able to find him."  — Anonymous Gumby
Warped Update 5.


Psalm 139:12 says “Even the darkness is not dark you” and that’s something we at SKAD have been clinging too lately. Whether it be our team in Tyler, that are working with our local teens or our amazing volunteers on Warped Tour. We were so inspired by that verse that we even had our talented friend Corinne Buchannan create a shirt for us. Anyway, when I read a card like the one above, I just see the hurt, the struggles, the pain, and for anyone without Christ, they would probably look at that and think there is no hope-even the person that wrote that card, may feel like there isn’t any hope. However, I’m here today to tell you that ‘EVEN THE DARKNESS IS NOT DARK TO HIM.’ Your biggest struggles, your deepest darkest secrets, and anything you think people would shun you for-it still doesn’t phase the Lord. Let Him give you peace, comfort, freedom and allow Him to be the light in your life. You’re worth it.



If you haven’t watched our most recent video about our outreach on Warped Tour, please take time to do so.


Last week, I was in the office and received a Facebook message from a young lady on the SKAD facebook and this is what it said:


"I saw you today in Cincinnati and wanted to know what you were about, but never got around to asking even though I was volunteering at the booth right next to you. Near the end of the non-profit day (5:30, 6ish), I had ventured out into the crowd for the first time that day and came back a few minutes later after buying a shirt. For some reason, my anxiety was acting up (in all my years of volunteering at Warped Tour it never has before). In the midst of trying to deep breathe myself out of a panic attack and taking a little bit of my medicine, I looked over and saw a teenage boy crying at your booth talking to one of you. It shocked me at first, but I assumed he had gotten hurt and was waiting for First Aid or something. Seeing someone crying was making my anxiety worse, then I looked over again and saw -you- (whoever the man running your booth is) holding his hands over the boys head and it looked like he was praying. I automatically understood, he was experiencing the same thing I was. Maybe not anxiety, but some crippling form of emotional pain. I wanted to cry right then, because seeing -you- help talk him through it was helping me, almost like his calm demeanor and energy was radiating. I wanted to go over and say something once the boy left, but I was afraid. The people I was with are friends, but I still don’t feel like they would understand if I went over to say something to the people working your booth. The stigma behind mental illness is getting better, but not everyone is accepting yet. I’m sorry for the long message, but I just need to say thank you. Thank you for what you are doing, what you stand for, and the safe environment you give to people who need it. Thank you for being fearless in a society that wants to point fingers instead of opening arms. Thank you. I’m sorry for the long message, but please pass on to the two people who are working your booth that they are making a difference even if they don’t realize it."  — Anonymous

After reading that message, I was so moved and encouraged by it, that I shared it with David and Madison. David was so blown away and then shared the story about what was actually happening when the girl witnessed that.


"It was about 30 minutes to close, super slow day, when out of nowhere this dude and his girlfriend ran up to the tent and started off the conversation by asking me if I was a Christian and if I could pray for the guy. (My guess is they saw "JOHN 10:10" on the tent). The guy proceeded to tell me about how he’s a volunteer fire fighter who suffers from PTSD. When we began to pray that God would fill him with peace, he started weeping, I asked Him what was going on, he then told me all about how he had been involved in witchcraft, the occult, and even blood sacrifices. I took Him to the back of the tent and asked Him if He wanted to be free from all that and he was desperate for freedom. I briefly shared the gospel with Him and explained that even the darkness is not dark to God and how no matter what he’s been involved in or bound by, the blood of Jesus is powerful enough to set Him free. With many tears He renounced all of His witchcraft and ties with the occult, repented of His sin, and gave His life to Christ."  — David Rozier

That story is reason enough to be out there. Lives are being impacted whether they stop by the tent or whether they’re just passing by.


"A young girl came up to the board and as she was reading the cards, I asked if I could tell her about SKAD. She wanted to fill out a card right away and when she did, It read - ‘I love drugs way too much.’ I asked more about it and she really opened up about what type she liked, the highs, and how it made her feel- positive and negative. She stated that she has talked herself back from the edge of death. As we continued to talk I asked her if she felt like she was worth more and if she thought she was loved and cared for. She said she was sure her friends and family did. So I asked how they would feel about her not being around if something happened. I was able to really impress on her how unexpected death is and how the drugs could affect her by telling her about the loss I just had the night before. It really hit home about the severity of it then, and she seemed genuinely serious about trying to be free of them. We talked about a lot of random stuff following that, including snowboarding, which she was so passionate about. She came back later to talk even more and we really kept bonding."  — Madison Vander Hamm

Last week, our volunteer Madison lost a friend named CJ and texted me around 2:45 AM to tell me about it and yet, she still got up early the next morning and went out to continue outreach. That right there, shows the power and strength of the Lord. The story above also shows how God can use anything and everything for His glory. He can take dark situations and use them for something beautiful. Don’t ever forget that.


We only have a few weeks left of the tour and we ask that you continue praying for David and Madison and the teens that stop by our tent to bring their darkness to light.



We still need $4545.71 to finish out the tour, so please consider giving.
We are having a local car wash fundraiser this Saturday the 26th at CVS on Broadway and 5th street-next to Bergfeld park. It starts at 8 am and will last until there are no cars left. Please come by and let us wash your car, so we can continue impacting lives of young people locally and nationally.
We are also having a garage sale this Friday (8-4) & Saturday (8-1) the 25th & 26th. Please come by and spread the word. If you have any thing you want to donate (local only please) that we can sell in our garage sale, please contact me at stellaskad@gmail.com and I will come and pick up the goods.



It’s not rare or random for us to receive messages from kids that stopped by our tent, so here’s another that I wanted to share with you. I think it’s great that David took a photo of Gumby with her card, posted it to our Instagram and she ended up contacting us. How awesome.



"You guys are doing amazing things. Yesterday was my first Warped tour and my clever self spent it in a gumby costume the majority of the time. I was walking past the tents trying to get people to smile and someone pulled me I to this one (matt or David. I feel terrible for not remembering but I do remember his story and love it.) I spent maybe 20-30 just in the tent with him while my friend had to wander because she was bored. After writing out a card, I wasn’t afraid to write my first name, he asked if he could read it. I have nothing to hide, so sure. He seemed surprised of everything I had to go through. After he read it I told him everything since it wouldn’t fit on one card, and that just seemed to blow him away. He asked if he could share him story, and of course I said yes. I’m always intrigued to hear where people come from and what they had to do to get to where they are. It just blew me away and it made me so happy to hear that God was involved in a huge way. I’ve heard these stories where people curse god and get better on their own, but being a Christian in a metal scene, it really made my day. He asked if he could pray for me and of course I said yes, even the people in our church just shunned me away after learning about my past, never praying for me. We ended up praying right there in the tent and it was all I could do not to tear up. I truly appreciate everything he did for me, and everything He’s done for me so far, even though I’m still not okay. Thank you guys so much for being on Warped, and please share this with him so I might be able to find him."  — Anonymous Gumby
SKAD Warped Tour Video

Happy Friday friends! We only have a few weeks of Warped Tour left and we wanted to share this video with you to give you the Warped Tour experience from the perspective of our team. Check it out, pass it around and have a great weekend and expect an update on Monday!


SKAD Warped Tour 2014 from Matthew Hogan on Vimeo.