Kirk Cameron, Candace Cameron Bure Host 'Hope Rising' Virtual Benefit Concert to Fight COVID-19

Amanda Casanova

Candace Cameron Bure and her brother, Kirk Cameron, teamed up to host the Hope Rising COVID-19 Benefit Concert on Sunday.

“Our circumstances have pulled us all together as families across the nation,” Kirk Cameron said during the concert. “Right now we are treasuring the people who have the center of our hearts.”

The concert featured Casting Crowns, Mercy Me, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, the Newsboys and others. The speaker lineup included Bishop T.D. Jakes, Kristen Chenoweth, Franklin Graham and Lysa TerKeurst.

“Hope Rising will uplift and inspire by uniting the audience through music and inspirational messages,” Bure said in an interview before the concert. “Plus, despite the challenge of each artist recording this from home, the end result is mind-blowing. There is an amazing energy behind it, and it needs to be seen everywhere.”

The concert will also benefit Samaritan’s Purse, the organization that most recently set up a field hospital in New York City to help with the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“They are on the front lines helping those affected by COVID-19 but also doing it in Jesus’ name,” she said. “That was important to us as people of faith, to know the good work they are doing also has a purpose to share God’s love.”

Bure says she has been spending the quarantine with her family.

“My husband Val and I had become empty nesters in 2019, which made me sad,” she said. “Now, we have all three kids back in the house which thrills me! For that reason alone, it’s been one of the small positives I’m grateful for. More time with my children and husband, cooking, playing board games, going for walks around the neighborhood and talking.”

Kirk Cameron said he hopes the concert points to the truth of God’s word.

“During a season like this where things feel very out of control. they can feel so insecure there is always a place where we can always find strength and security,” Cameron said. “Knowing that God is going to see us through.”

Photo courtesy: Hope Rising Screenshot/Kirk Cameron

Video courtesy: Kirk Cameron

Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.