THE BAND
THE BAND ABLLE

    As a band our main goal is to financially and spiritually provide for those in need, primarily children in third world countries. As many if not all of these children have gone through malnutrition, disease or abuse. Alot of them take up smoking or some other life deterring habit to lessen the trauma. Slums are their playing grounds while garbage heaps are used for their homes and a place to stay for shelter and protection from the harsh elements of nature.They are abandon in war torn countries to fend for themselves. This, some times is a result of parents being killed or the little ones being left behind by family's fleeing war. Alot of these countries (who are in war times) have gone as far as enlisting children as soldiers. Putting them on the front lines in the heat of battle and listing them as casualties. These children range from the ages of 8-15.

    Disease is also quite common. The saddest part is, that many of the diseases that these little ones succumb to can be easily treated and prevented with the proper medication and diet. Due to the fact that poverty is running rampant in these countries access to the most simple and basic necessities are hard to come by.

    As a band we have made it our solemn duty to assist as many children as possible by using the gifts that we have, which is the gift of music. We are not asking for hand outs or pity for these children, but we are asking for as much help and assistance as possible. Imagine if you will, waking up in the morning to uncertainty or the shrilling cries of someone being tortured. Imagine if you will, walking outside your house and you don't know if the next step you take could be your last. Imagine if you will, waking up alone, in the middle of nowhere hungry, cold and thirsty. Imagine it. Imagine if it were you. Then put yourself at The age of 10, 11 ,12 or even 3 years old (YES, AS YOUNG AS 3). Then ask yourself this question...what would I do? It may seem a little far fetched for children to be in such a situation but it is happening.

    We may not want to come to terms with their suffering. But the next time you see a child, any child walking down the street or playing, think about the millions that live their lives like it's their last day on this earth. Because it may very well be. -ABLLE

Click on the links below to read our biographies.
TOLA OLUBUNMI
Tola Olubunmi

     In a small town in the crevices of St. Louis Missouri was born a small child. A child who never knew the meaning of "figgy pudding", (actually I still don't know what that is). A child who would be beaten up by his three sisters whenever he asked for more ice cream after supper. A child who would come to learn that throwing rocks at stray dogs is not always a "fun" thing to do (I've got the scars to prove it); a child destined to kick butt in a major and extremely drastic way. This child's name is (drum roll)…(dramatic pause)…(high hat crash)…Oluwatola Ajibola Oluwabunmi but you can just call me Tola. Hey,everything I said up there was pretty much true, except for the getting beat up for ice-cream part…well I hope not anyway. But I was born in St.louis and, No, I don't know Nelly or the St.Lunatics and, Yes, I've been up in the Ark and all that good stuff. But enough of that, let me stick with the reason for all the typing and that's (yep you guessed it) me.

     I started playing guitar a little later in life and have been singing alot longer. I've lived in alot of places but the place that sticks out most in my mind is Nigeria, West Africa. That's where I got saved and really learned the meaning of living life with a purpose. When you have basically nothing you learn to live for everything and everyone. The band ABLLE has that very same mentality, to live for everyone everyday that we are on this earth. God has given me a talent, a talent and a gift. A gift that I will use to the best of my ability.
EMILY OLUBUNMI
Emily Olubunmi

    Hi everybody, I'm so honored to be on this site and give God the thanks for making this happen. I have had a heart for children since I was a little tike. From babysitting, nursery worker, to Sunday School it seems as if I had done it all. But as I have gotten older (gracefully), God has given me a an even greater compassion to reach out to teenagers.

    I volunteered with one of the most dynamic inner-city outreach centers in the nation, S.O.U.L. (Standing On Unconditional Love) here in Tulsa OK, where I learned how to go out and reach these hurting kids and let them know more about Jesus.

    God has given me the opportunity to travel to other countries to share the gospel of love and forgiveness to those in need, and for that, I am eternally grateful. As I had given out of my time to others God was preparing me for even more ...marriage. I am thankful to say that God prepared someone, first who has a heart after Him, and secondly who has compassion and love for children around the world.

    My husband has dedicated his time and many sleepless nights to get this message of love through music out to help hurting people in third world countries. I ask that you support the mission of A.B.L.L.E. to support Compassion and tell a friend.

    Looking forward to what all God has instore for both Tola and I as we share this journey together and watch God work in and through us to bring glory to His name.

God Bless
ARIC THORPE
Aric Thorpe

    I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior on October 30th 1994, after a radical "road to Damascus" experience. I was a former drug addict and high school drop out. Since, I have realized "life, and life more abundantly" through Christ Jesus; now washed in the blood of Jesus and filled with the Holy Ghost, free from drugs and alcohol and living in the fullness of his love.

    I started playing the drums on the steering wheel of my car. Actually my dad used to play drums in his younger years. I guess that's where I got the inspiration. I love different types of rythmes and different types of sounds when it comes to music. I've played with other bands, namely 70 weeks and played in a lot of places, but the most joy that I get, is playing for the Lord.

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