Contemporary Christian music artist Bebo Norman has raised more than $50,000 for relief efforts in Haiti after auctioning his personal guitar to help the struggling country.
Norman turned to the social networking site Twitter to ask friends to donate to Compassion International, after the 7.0 earthquake devastated the island nation Jan 12.
The overwhelming response led the singer to put his limited edition Everett Laurel guitar on eBay for a one-week auction ending Jan. 22. The final bid on the instrument was $51,500.
"I don't have the words to explain how overwhelmed I've been by this entire process," Norman said. "And the final results of the auction absolutely blew the doors off any expectations I could have ever dreamed of with such generosity from the bidders and the overabundance of God."
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Norman said the guitar was one of his "primary songwriting guitars for 10 years." His songs "Nothing Without You," "Try" and "Borrow Mine" were all written with the guitar, but the singer was happy to part with it for a good cause.
"Obviously, this was not at all about a guitar, but instead was such a beautiful picture of the body of Christ actually being the body of Christ-- using whatever gifts they have at their disposal to serve the people in Haiti that are so desperately in need," he said.
All the funds raised from the auction will go to Compassion International for Haiti relief.
Norman is still urging fans to donate and has posted a link to the charity on his Web site.