Singer Jeremy Benjamin hosting charity concerts across Canada as part of tour sponsored by Christian Reformed Church; proceeds to support local causes and emergency hunger response in Nigeria
Canadian singer-songwriter Jeremy Benjamin wants to bring people in Canada together through music, worship and giving back.
The concerts, which will be held on across the country until May 2019, are part of the I Am Not My Own cross-Canada tour that sees Benjamin, along with his wife and two kids, visiting Christian Reformed churches and other local ministries from P.E.I. to B.C.
“Each concert is an opportunity to bring communities together over song to celebrate God’s Kingdom while working toward a just and fair world,” says Benjamin, who most recently worked as the worship leader at Talbot Street Church in London, Ontario.
Proceeds from the tour will be split between an emergency food response in Nigeria through relief and development organization World Renew, with support from Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and local causes in each city where concerts are held.
The goal is to raise $500,000.
“We’ll be honouring God’s work at home in Canada and abroad by directing our mission efforts to local and global contexts,” says Benjamin.
We’ll be honouring God’s work at home in Canada and abroad by directing our mission efforts to local and global contexts.
In northern Nigeria, funds raised at the concerts will be used to help people caught up in civil conflict. Mass abductions, bombings and assassinations have caused almost two million people to flee their homes in search of safety, most of them women and children.
Through Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 church organizations working together to end global hunger, World Renew is providing emergency cash to displaced families who will use the cash to purchase food at local markets they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.
“The work being done in Nigeria is a true testament to the positive impact Christians can have around the world when we answer God’s call to love and support one another,” says Benjamin.
Benjamin says the invitation is open to everyone who wants to enjoy an evening of community, music and caring for neighbours near and far.
“The goal of the tour is to join communities in worship and in mission,” says Benjamin.
“It’s about Canadians coming together in a beautiful way to support incredible organizations doing their part to do justice to God’s world.”
Admission is free, but there will be a freewill offering during the concert at each concert.