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Pursuit of a Legacy


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

    1994

  • Rich plays hammered dulcimer on a song on Hokus Pick's Brothers From Different Mothers album called "I Believe."

  • Jimmy Abegg releases the solo project Secrets.



  • Rich appears in a special edition of Release Extra.

  • Syndicate Magazine publishes an interview with Rich Mullins.
    "Syndicate Magazine Interview"

    January 9, 1994

  • Rich, Beaker, Julie & Buddy Miller travel to Colombia with Compassion International.
    Rich: "It's 9:35 PM. We're in Bogota, Colombia - a much nicer place than I expected it to be. It's been raining since we got here..."


    January 10, 1994

  • Rich: "...We visited a Compassion project today - a very nearly desolate facility full of very happy kids who are faced with some terribly dire situations. It makes you wonder why we distrust Jesus' words in Luke: 'Blessed are the poor...' of course, the longer I go, the more I wonder why I doubt any of His words - or His mercy or His goodwill, His love for me, His faithfulness. No one should talk too much about anything until they're 80 or so, and I'm afraid that I am more apt to talk and less able to learn than most.
    I am tired again tonight - a good kind of tired. Some aches are well earned. I wish I could see the sky tonight. Today with those kids, with Juan and Alexander and Wendy and multitudes whose names I of course can't remember, I saw a part of the sky. Even in spite of the skepticism that persists behind my eyes, their eyes were so infused with faith and with love and hope that I could see (if only passively, second-hand-edly) beyond this wee little world into that vast invisible one where rulers and principalities exist. It was something to see. It was something!"


    January 11, 1994

  • Rich: "Colombia juts up from the ocean like the head of a very proud horse, and is covered with green. The rains fell again today and covered everything with a shine. Bogota was like a polished jewel under the sky where night was already settling in. It's cool here - a very fine climate. I don't know how it is when I'm not here, but it's been beautiful for these three days.
    Today I saw the district where the street kids hang out. It's unbelievable what their lives must be like. There is no desperation in their eyes - only a hideous, sick vacancy that makes them look like withered ghosts or the shadows cast when a ghost passes under the moon. There's no life left in these kids. They would envy ghosts if they had energy enough to envy. But they look like machinery more than like me - like things driven. It was awful to see.
    Of course, I'm sure that the same gloom haunts the eyes of millions of businessmen, young, well-dressed entrepreneurs, BMOC's (Big Man On Campus). Why are they so less threatening than these? They may not mug a passerby, but they would sell the soul of everyone living to buy a bar of French-milled soap. Then they would scrub their faces to look good at the funeral. This world is full of the damned. Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.
    Beaker took on the sponsorship of three more children at the project today. He is the original bleeding heart and I thank the Lord for that. It's so easy to get hard. Though it is the meek who will inherit the earth, though it is the pure who will see God - it takes some great strength to be anything like pure or meek. And the witness cloud must applaud his steps - every one of them.
    Tonight we all went for a walk in that rain that shined up the streets of a 'safer' part of Bogota. We looked at books and leather goods and pottery and ended up at Shakespeare's - this great coffee-house/bookstore. We drank some cappuccino and then the power went out and we laughed like emotionally overcharged people will when they are tired - and eucalyptus trees stand a mile over their heads and hold themselves with a cerain peand-and-quiet-beauty."

    January 12, 1994

  • Rich: "Today we are in Calli, Colombia. Today began obout 19 hours ago in Bogota. The van to the airport was about 20 minutes late. At 5:45 am, who cares? The flight from Bogota to Calli was beautiful. The mountains down here must be built on springs - they seem to shoot straight up - or maybe they've been cut real deep.
    Calli is not a particularly beautiful city. A little boy sang for me at the first of two projects we visited. The project was a not-so-good part of town. The second project was in a really bad erea. They look too small and too old for their ages - these children. Too mich poverty, not enough bread."

    January 13, 1994

  • Rich: "The drive to Buena Ventura was spectacular. These mountains rise so steeply and the grasses and trees and flowers are so rich and colorful. Nothing makes me feel as inadequate as trying to put language on what I saw today.
    The little huts on the roadside had split bamboo siding. There were goats grazing along the road and goatherders on bicycles. Men driving wedges through slate and carving bowls and spoons and forks our of comisa wood with machetes - sitting on one-legged stools under bamboo huts, over piles of wood shavings. There were beautiful vacation homes, chalets, Thai-style cottages, Tudor mansions. There were little suspension bridges over a fast running river. There were half-shadowed people sitting in the doorways of shacks, watching the roadm watching the trucks and buses blow by. There is no way that I can guess what they were thinking.
    But in Buena Ventura, the people were gracious and even graceful. They had features that were all their own. Of course, people down here are generally smaller than people back home and less 'soft'. They do not have 'bigger' builds - they look sinewy and their faces seem gaunt - not spooky gaunt - gaunt like Lincoln looks gaunt. They stood in the nearly suffocating heat with absolute composure and peace. While we sweated and were instantly weary, they seemed, not oblivious to it, but accepting of those conditions and possessive of a resolute dignity. There is a beauty in them that struck me in a place I did not expect to be struck - in a place I did not know I had."

    January 14, 1994

  • Rich: "Tomorrow morning at 6:30 we will leave this hotel for the last time, by 9:30 we will be leaving Colombia. This evening we all went back to Shakespeare's - the coffee shop, and did the male-bonding thing. Bogota is very lively - there is a lot of pedestrian and automobile traffic. It's not rowdy, exactly. It sounds like people cut free of their weeklong ball and chain and keep each other company. I like the sounds of this Friday night. It sounds like it should. I'm no idiot - I know that beyond this noise there is darkness - that beneath this laughter there is something empty. But I know that beyond this darkness and beneath that void there is a sun that's gonna rise, there is a day that's gonna dawn and that some will escape into it's light. So the sounds seem ironically appropriate.
    Tonight, while we ate dinner with everyone, we laughed because the din is dissolving. We laughed becauseour somber faces would not hasten the time - they could not hold it off, so they broke into the kind of reckless hilarity that is fitting for those who belong to a day not yet born, to a home not yet visited, to a world being prepared. 'The wind blows where it will...' We have only to thank the Lord for causing it to blow our way. Oh Lord, 'Thine is the glory...'"

    Winter 1994

  • Release Magazine publishes an article by Rich Mullins.
    "Three Things, Four"

    February 1994

  • Campus Life Magazine publishes an article about Rich Mullins.
    "Excuse Me, But Aren't You Rich Mullins?"


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

    February 7, 1994

  • "Here in America" debuts on the AC Charts. It would spend 13 weeks on the chart and peak at #4.

    February 19, 1994

  • Rich hosts "CCM TV" (with appearances by Bear the dog and Steve Taylor). Rich also announces the winner of the Reunion/Compassion Legacy contest and phones him to give him the good news.
    Over 1000 entires were received, ranging from 8 to 76 in age, from as far away as South Africa, Canada, and Australia.
    The winner was Miguel Garcia Massiate, 76, from San Antonio. Miguel will travel with Rich to Bogata, Colombia in August.
    Miguel's winning answer to "How can I leave a legacy to the poor?" was "Without looking at those who receive, to give great or small, with our loving embrace, one that shakes the joyous heart, it is hard our scrifice so small, compared to the greatful eyes and smiles, those smiles leave me a legacy of love, a memory grander than words."


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

    March 1, 1994

  • Fingerprint and Myrrh Records release a tribute to Mark Heard, entitled Strong Hand of Love. The album includes Rich's cover of Mark Heard's "How To Grow Up Big and Strong" - which also appeared on the Litergy, Legacy and a Ragamuffin Band album. Other articsts contributing to the project include Chagall Guevara, Randy Stonehill, Ashley Cleveland, Tonio K, The Choir, Buddy & Julie Miller, Pierce Pettis, Victoria Williams, Bruce Cockburn and others. Later, a double disc version entitled Orphans of God would be released with additional tracks from artists like Olivia Newton John, Phil Keaggy, John Austin, Carolyn Arends, Daniel Amos and others.


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

    April 1994

  • Rich's "Hold Me Jesus" is nominated for two Dove Awards. (Song of the Year & Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year).

    May 13, 1994



    (Rich Mullins, Director Steve Taylor and Ben Pearson)
  • Rich releases a video collection entitled Pursuit of a Legacy, which included promo videos for "The Color Green", "Creed", "Here in America", "Hold Me Jesus". The Promo Videos and Interview segments were directed by Steve Taylor.
    Video Reviews

    Terry Hemmings (Reunion): "In 1993 Rich and I were in Ireland working on a video. We had a very, very long day shooting and went to a pub for a late dinner that night. At the pub there was a local Irish family band playing old, old, Irish instruments, with names you can't pronounce, so Rich and Beaker decided that they wanted to join in. They went out to the car, got their instruments, came back in, and started playing - just figuring it out as they went. It was the most incredible two hours of music I've ever experienced, just because of what it was - it was raw, it was spontaneous. We were kind of on a high, and by the time we got back to the hotel it was two in the morning. It was really late, but Rich knocked on my door - he was still going. That night had been one of the most incredible experiences for him, just to play with those people.
    As we were talking the phone rang and it was my wife. She told me that my grandmother had died and that I needed to come home. I hung up the phone and Rich could tell that something was wrong. And I looked at him and said, 'My grandmother just died.' And he said, 'Good for her' and he got up and left.
    We were really fortunate to have Rich. He had a different perspective on everything - life, pain, sorrow, joy, trauma, sin.... You name the topic and he had a perspective that we'd never heard before. And that we'll never hear again."

    May 16, 1994

  • "Creed" debuts on the AC Charts. It would spend 12 weeks on the chart and peak at #1 on June 20.


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

    May 24, 1994

  • Rich gives a phone interview with Sandi Brown of WCBW 104.9 in St. Louis, MO.
    Read Transcript

    May 28, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and Beaker perform in St. Louis, MO. at Westport Playhouse. Songs performed included "Boy Like Me, Man Like You" (on the Piano), "Brothers Keeper," and others.

    May/June 1994

  • Release Magazine publishes an article by Rich Mullins.
    "Playing Second Fiddle"

    June 1, 1994

  • Cross Rhythms publishes an article about Rich Mullins.
    "The Versatile American CCM Man"

    June 20, 1994

  • "Creed" hits #1 on the AC Charts. Following its debut on May 16, the song would spend 12 weeks on the chart.


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

    June 25, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform at Joy Jam '94 in Louisville, KY. Jimmy Abegg accompanies Rich because Beaker had to miss the show.
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  • Beaker misses the JoyJam performance because his wife is having a baby. That baby is Aidan who is the inspiration of the song "Let Mercy Lead" on the Brothers Keeper album.

    June 29-July 3, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin band rehearse more than 25 songs in a church in Illinois for their upcoming tour.

    July 4, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Bushnell, IL. at the Cornerstone Music festival.

    July 5, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Rockford, IL.

    July 6, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Milwaukee, WI.


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

    July 7, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Wilmar, MN at the Sonshine Festival.

    July 8, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform at the TimberWolf Amphitheater for Spirit Song 94 in Cincinnati, OH.

    July 9, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Columbus, OH.

    July 10, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Erie, PA.

    July 12, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Lexington, KY.

    July 13, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Knoxvill, TN.



    (Rich in concert, photo by Dennis Wilkes)

    July 14, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Chattanooga, TN.
    Concert Review

    July 15, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Birmingham, AL.

    July 16, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Atlanta, GA.

    July 17, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Augusta, GA.

    July 19, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Montgomery, AL.

    July 20, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Jackson, MI.

    July 21, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in New Orleans, LA.

    July 22, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Baton Rouge, LA.

    July 23, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Houston, TX.

  • Billboard Magazine mentions Rich, along with Bruce Cockburn, Victoria Williams, Pierce Pettis, Tonio K, Michael Been, Phil Keaggy, Julie Miller, Randy Stonehill, the Choir and others in a short article about the Mark Heard Tribute album Strong Hand of Love.

    July 24, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Corpus Christi, TX.

    July 26, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in San Antonio, TX.

    July 27, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Austin, TX.

    July 28, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in in Lufkin, Texas.

    July 29, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in in Dallas, Texas.

    July 30, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in in Dallas, Texas.

    July/August 1994

  • Release Magazine publishes an article by Rich Mullins.
    "Virtue Reality"

    August 1994

  • Lee and Nikki Lundgren have a baby girl named Eliza. Rich would write "Eli's Song" for the Brother's Keeper album for Eliza.

    August 1, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Tulsa, OK.

    August 3, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Joplin, MO.

    August 4, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Columbia, MO.

    August 5, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Kansas City, MO.

    August 6, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Wichita, KS.

    August 7, 1994

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Meade, KS.

    August 8, 1994

  • "Hard" debuts on the AC Charts. It would spend 11 weeks on the chart and peak at #10.

    Mid-Late August 1994



    (Contest Winner Miguel Garcia Massiate and Rich Mullins)
  • Rich Mullins and "Leave a Legacy" contest winner, Miguel Garcia Massiate travel to Bogata, Colombia with Compassion International. On the trip, Rich visited the Ciuda Sucre Center where he presented them with over $40,000 that was raised on last summer's Ragamuffin tour.
    Rich: "Even though you look at your life and see reasons to believe that God has brought you to where you are, you still have this gnawing fear that it all means nothing... Last summer my audience said something that I needed to hear - that people can still respond to needs, that life and a certain quality of life is a joy to contribute to, to participate in... The compassion shown in this generosity is great joy to all of us."

    September/October 1994

  • Release Magazine publishes an article by Rich Mullins.
    "His Master's Voice"

    October 1994

  • CCM Magazine reviews Rich's July 14th Chattanooga, TN performance.
    Concert Review

    October 31, 1994

  • "Peace" debuts on the AC Charts. It would spend 14 weeks on the chart and peak at #7.

    November/December 1994

  • Release Magazine publishes an article by Rich Mullins.
    "Invisible Things"

    Late 1994

  • Reed Arvin's first novel, The Wind and the Wheat is published.


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