November30 , 2022

    Light the World Benefit featuring Amy Grant

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    Amy Grant performed at ACL’s Moody Theater in Austin, Texas on Sunday December 9th as part of The Bless Foundation’s 2018 Light the World benefit. It was a spectacular event that had some great music, some tearful and heartrending stories and one that raised a tremendous amount of support for six very worthy ministries.

    Enabled

    The night began with an hour of mingling on the Moody Theater patio. There were refreshments and tables set up from each of the Light the World five beneficiary ministries (the Five Pillars). Here I got to speak with representatives from Pioneers, the organization that stands behind Enabled. Jim Haase was there with his whole family to talk about the work the Enabled Project is doing to help end the orphan crisis in India. You can read more about the Enabled and their work here.

    Global Child Advocates

    I also got to talk a little with Ashlee Heiligman from Global Child Advocates. She told me a little about their work to help fight child trafficking among the Burmese migrant population in Thailand. It was chilling to hear her story because of the danger these refugee families face in having no identification, no standing in the community and a tremendous fear of reporting abuse to authorities. Children are in the most danger because they have no legal rights and, with no identification, it is very easy for them to just simply disappear into the world of human trafficking.

    Empower One

    Scott Heider with Empower One spoke to me about his organization’s efforts to bring clean drinking water to villages in North Africa. Their main focus is on bringing the gospel to villagers in Sudan and South Sudan. Survivors of the Sudanese civil war still face monumental challenges in obtaining adequate food and water for their families. Of all the stories I heard this night, David Kaya’s simple, direct, message on about Empower One was most moving. I encourage you to read their story on their website.

    Ananias House and TWR

    I did not get a chance to speak with representatives from Ananias House or Trans World Radio (TWR) because we ran out of time. But I learned more about their ministries in the presentations given to us over dinner. Each beneficiary was introduced with some personal testimony and a short video. Drew Womack and