In keeping with the recent musical theme of this blog, I went to a concert tonight. Far from being your typical rock show, this one took place in a house - an enormous house focused on community living, but a house nonetheless - in Edmonds called Rosewood Manor, and this band had a mission.
In short: there are an estimated 27+ million slaves worldwide, half of whom are children, and many of whom are employed in illegal sex traffikking. This is a figure that demands revulsion, and, more than that, demands action. The band Jubilee has decided to take action by bringing attention to this issue every time they play, and by donating half of their album sales to the International Justice Mission, an organization which aims to bring people out of slavery and provide them with the care they need to move on to a better life.
So perhaps tonight's house party wasn't what you might expect. You usually don't hear a plea for monetary support for social justice, and, going beyond the dollars, a plea to use whatever resources we may have to combat this issue. After all, Jubilee is just a group of guys with guitars and some drums. And so here I am, a girl with a blog. It's not much, but I wanted to share what I've learned with anyone who might be reading this.
If you are interested in learning more about the International Justice Mission, please see their website at: http://www.ijm.org/
And if you're in Seattle and interested in a rock concert for a cause, Jubilee is playing at Neumos on Monday, March 9th.
It may seem like such a small effort, but I pray it will make a difference, that somewhere on this earth someone will gain new life through these actions. Seek justice, protect the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)