Cindy Hughlett recently added another line of credit to her music resume with the CASHBOX Country Christian Number One spot for “Here To Eternity”, a duet with well-known Country and Bluegrass artist, Marty Raybon. This adds to a long string of radio charts for Cindy, plus honors she has received such as Album of the Year, Female Vocalist and Song of the Year over the past 20 years.
In April, Cindy will be heading into the studio to work with legendary producer Ron Oates on her 10th studio album. However, Cindy Hughlett is more than just music, there is a ministry side that many may not be aware of through the non-profit organization, Smallest Gifts.
Cindy recounts how this side of ministry began, “Smallest Gifts was born after an outdoor community concert that my band and I put on an area town. 100% of the offering was to go to help fund a church in Egypt that I was building through International Cooperating Ministries. The donations were mostly change and small bills given by many who had very little. It dawned on me that these people gave generously from humble means and that moment impressed upon me that these donations were not their excess but was their lunch money, all they had. Like the widows mite, I wanted to do something where little could do much, in which small amounts given could make a huge impact in someone’s life and that everyone could participate.”
Thus Smallest Gifts was born! Over the next several years Cindy and Smallest Gifts partnered with International Cooperating Ministries and funded the construction of churches in Egypt, Philippines and Honduras. The support then turned to funding needs such as chairs, musical equipment, food and the physical need of the children at the orphanage associated with the Philippines church Smallest Gifts had built.
About 5 year ago, Cindy read a post from one of her friends describing the needs and stories of patients at a local dialysis center, she was moved to do something to help these people. Cindy tells how the ministry of Smallest Gifts shifted, “Something small can do something great. We re-focused our ministry. We work though a social worker and our ministry administrator, and three 10 dollar bills are placed in an envelope and given to patients with extreme needs along with a card that says, ‘Someone Cares’. These Smallest Gifts Envelopes are used to buy food, clothing, medicine and transportation for patients who are struggling to survive the daily struggles of life on dialysis.”
2019 is the celebration of 13 years of ministry for Smallest Gifts. It will also be the 7th Annual major concert event supporting The Texas Boys Ranch, a local children’s home in Lubbock, TX. Previous concerts have featured headline artist such as Richie McDonald, Marty Raybon, T. Graham Brown and Bryan White. This year’s headliner will be Country Music Artist and New York Best Selling Author, Jimmy Wayne. Jimmy spent many years in the foster care system as a youth and his story will be inspiring as his music entertaining.
With a mission statement of “Making An Eternal Difference, One Life At A Time”, Smallest Gifts will continue with passion and purpose to reach a hurting and lost world with music and resources that minister Life and Hope. The music is only the vehicle, the message is Jesus.
For more information or to donate to Smallest Gifts, visit: Smallest Gifts