October 12, 2010


What these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours, that while their freedom depends on ours, the quality of our freedom depends on theirs. ~Elie Wiesel

Hands down, Ten Shekel Shirt {http://tenshekelshirt.com/} and LOVE146 {www.love146.org} are two of my favorite ONE(s)! Ten Shekel Shirt's lead singer, Lamont Hiebert, helped start LOVE146 in 2002, with Co-Founders Rob Morris, Desirea Rodgers and Caroline Hahm. They "went on an exploratory trip to SE Asia to determine how they could serve in the fight against child sex trafficking." Out of this trip Love146 was birthed. They partner and network with other abolition orgs in Asia, Europe and the U.S. to grow the abolition movement and provide restorative care for survivors. {*all info taken from www.love146.org}

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
~1 Cor. 13

Ten Shekel Shirt's album's, Jubilee, lyrics revolve around freedom and restoration. The title track, Jubilee, has an especially phenomenal, behind the song story. You can take a listen here: {www.facebook.com/pages/Ten-Shekel-Shirt/52267945483?v=app_5179614317} and read the story here:

The origin of the word Jubilee has nothing to do with a wedding anniversary or a schmaltzy Las Vegas show. It has everything to do with the emancipation of slaves and the celebration of freedom and justice. When I wrote the title track, Jubilee, I combined that ancient meaning of the word with this true story of a teenage girl rescued from slavery and her first moments in a safehome.

At the tender age of 12, she was sold to a brothel by her stepfather. After 4 years of unspeakable violence, cruelty and shame she was rescued and brought to a safehome our charity (Love146) supports. The first moment she entered the home she noticed a small picture of Jesus on the wall. When she saw it she fell down and wept in utter relief and astonishment. She then explained that while she was in captivity she would often dream of being in a safe place and that in those dreams she would picture that face.

A strange thing happened while I was writing the song. Although I was writing about a safehome I kept feeling like the song had another layer to it, one that was somehow linked to the hereafter. I told the safehome director about this unintended sense I was getting from my own song. She then told me that after a successful, restorative year in the safehome the girl that had inspired the song had died of AIDS. The caregiver said she past away with a peaceful countenance on her face as she expectantly prepared for her ultimate Jubilee. *Source: www.myspace.com/tenshekelshirt/blog#ixzz129vJwldO

Please, check out Ten Shekel Shirts' CD, Jubilee, and LOVE146. These ONE(s) are literally saving lives by passionately pursing the end of children becoming victims of slavery, rape, and exploitation.

Ten Shekel Shirt {http://tenshekelshirt.com/}
LOVE146 {www.love146.org}


Amy Sullivan said...

Love what you are doing here. Love that you are getting me to think outside myself and face some of the ugly issues happening outside of my little world.

I never heard of Love 146. Thanks for the video clip.

Fields of gold said...

Thanks Amy! There's so much, even right outside our front doors and across our streets, that we can do. Praying the Lord leads you in His will as you reach out to others! :)

Kelly Langston said...

Thanks, Samantha, for filling me in about this SO NEEDED ministry. I can tell it is near and dear to your heart and pray that God will lead you as you pray and serve in this area.