Canadian singer-songwriter bringing Canadians together to help people in need

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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

“It’s about Canadians coming together in a beautiful way to support incredible organizations doing their part to do justice to God’s world,” says singer-songwriter Jeremy Benjamin of his cross-Canada tour. (Photo: Submitted)

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.

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.

Concert dates:

August 16
Brooks, AB
Brooks Christian Reformed Church, 1104 Frazer Avenue West, T1R 0E2
7-9 p.m.

August 18
Lethbridge, AB
Maranatha Christian Reformed Church, 260 McGill Boulevard West, T1K 4C6
7-8:30 p.m.

August 26
Calgary, AB
Emmanuel Christian Reformed Church, 3020 51 Street Southwest, T3E 6S7
7-8:30 p.m.

September 5
Fort McMurray, AB
2.30-3:30 p.m.
More details coming soon!

September 7
Edmonton, AB
Covenant Christian Reformed Church, 19010 87 Avenue Northwest, T5T 6P2
7-8:30 p.m.

September 16
Edson, AB
Edson-Peers Christian Reformed Church, 4633 7 Avenue, T7E 1C9
6:30-8 p.m.

September 23
Smithers, B.C.
Smithers CRC, 4035 Walnut Drive, V0J 2N2
7-8:30 p.m.

September 30
Terrace, B.C.
Terrace CRC, 3602 Sparks Street, V8G 2V6
7-8:30 p.m.

October 5
Burnaby, B.C.
New Westminster CRC, 8255 13th Avenue, V3N 2G6
7-8:30 p.m.

October 7
Burnaby, B.C.
Nelson Avenue Community CRC, 5825 Nelson Avenue, V5H 3H6
7-8:30 p.m.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on later concert dates!

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.iamnotmyown.org or contact Benjamin at 519-281-7312 or jeremyzeyl@gmail.com.