Tenth Avenue North on tour to end human trafficking

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

Sept. 21, 2010 at 4:21 a.m.

Tenth Avenue North, one of Christian music's most successful progressive rock bands, is currently on tour with a purpose: to ignite a fever about ending human trafficking. This Sunday, that fever will hit Parkway Church at 7 p.m. when The Light Meets the Dark Tour stops in Victoria.

"This is how we want to bring light to the issue of human trafficking," said Jeff Owen, Tenth Avenue North guitarist.

The Dove Award-winning band kicked off the tour earlier this month in Jacksonville, Fla. and has been zigzagging through the southern and midwestern states for about three weeks.

"The tour has been going great," Owen, said. "There are no words, it's been awesome."

For the next four months, Owen and fellow band members Mike Donehey, and Jason Jamison will spread the message about ending human trafficking, while encouraging fans to join them in their partnership with Compassion Kids, a non-profit organization that promotes child adoption in countries touched by human trafficking.

"We are trusting that God provides for these kids," Owen said.

When asked why Tenth Avenue decided to become advocates for ending human trafficking, Owen said they felt a responsibility to do something contentious.

"People started asking us, 'What are you going to use your platform for,' and as absurd as it sounds, we all said 'Human Trafficking,'" Owen said.

Owen noted there are more than 27 million modern-day slaves worldwide, with children making up about half of that number. About 800,000 slaves are trafficked across nearly 150 international borders each year, including the United States.

Eighty percent are women and girls, according to the U.S. Department of State.

But, even while championing an awareness campaign against human trafficking, band members are impassioned always with a message of Jesus.

"We're not up there to make much of ourselves, but to be a reflection of who our God is. We're trying to make disciples, plant seeds and help people grow, and give them the gospel," Owen said. "The message we want them to leave with is that ultimately God needs to be their satisfaction."

Man 2 Man Ministries is sponsoring the concert locally, and tickets can be purchased at Parkway, Northside, and Faith Family churches, Bible Bookstore and Interstate Batteries. General admission is $20, and the show begins at 7 p.m.

Tenth Avenue North will play five shows in Texas, with other stops in Marshall, Waco, Houston and Sachse. Tenth Avenue North will be joined on stage by special guests Addison Road and Matt Maher.



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