Last month, the Experience Hope Benefit Concert brought together music and artistry, voices and stories, awareness and hope.
Local musician Michael Myers took the stage to share his own musical project, Story Laboratory. His folksy, soulful voice, combined with his often-spirited lyrics and acoustic guitar, brought a fresh sound with each song. His songs would swing from the beats of reggae, through melodies of folk, and even to some whimsical chimes of pop, but ultimately, Michael’s music poured out from the characters and places in his lyrics. You can listen to Michael’s Story Laboratory here.
The Experience Hope Benefit Concert was also a night to raise money, support, and awareness for the U COUNT Campaign. U COUNT supports women and children in Delhi, India, who are trapped in the sex-trafficking industry.
The U COUNT Campaign partners with the ministry of Project Rescue. Project Rescue fights human trafficking in India, Nepal, Moldova, Bangladesh, and Tajikistan. They work directly with the women who are brought out of sex trafficking to teach them vocational skills so they may earn an income and have a sustainable life after they are freed from the sex-trafficking industry. The mission of Project Rescue is this:
We exist to rescue and restore victims of sexual slavery through the love and power of Jesus Christ.
By providing emotional and spiritual healing, Project Rescue opens the door for these women and their children to escape the imprisonment they have known. The women learn to sew and craft items that can be sold in retail shops. The U COUNT Campaign supports these women by purchasing and selling their products in the United States.
U COUNT Campaign is an outreach of Timberline Church and was founded by Bonnie Northrop. You can read more about how the U COUNT Campaign began in a letter from Bonnie.