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Jennifer’s Story: Blood Water Mission – Nyamonge, Kenya

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

A transformation story about Jennifer a young girl living in Nyamonge, Kenya and what the clean water well has done for her and the lives of people in her community.

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Chellamma’s Story (IJM)

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

“I never thought I would be able to leave the mill and then, suddenly, my family and I were free. … All at once I could hope.”

IJM client Chellamma* shares her story in her own words:

I am Chellamma. My father’s name is Nayan*. My mother is Neela. My native place is Red Hills. I was born in a rice mill.
IJM First Person Photo
My father took [a small loan] from a rice mill owner before I was born. Because of that our whole family had to live and work in the mill.

When I was eight years old I started working in the rice mill where we lived. With my father I would work … spreading out rice grain for drying. My brother and sister are younger than I, so it was my work also to care for them.

[When Chellamma was 10 years old, the family was moved to a different rice mill.]

The children were not allowed to go to school, but I took care of my family and worked with my father. When I was thirteen I had to start adult work. With my father and the other laborers I boiled paddy and raked the rice and put the grain into bags.

Every day was for work. We were not allowed to rest during the day. Only after the work was done could we sit and eat. Even though I worked so much, the owner never gave me wages. […] Knowing that my mother was dead and that my father’s health was also not good, the owner used to come to me and tell me my future. He told me my father would die. The owner said that when my father was gone, I would take my father’s advance and stay working at the mill until I paid the full amount. The owner said he would not let me leave until all the money was repaid. I thought I would never leave the mill. It was not possible for me to pay back the advance, even if I worked my whole life. […]

NOTE: * Chellamma and Nayan are pseudonyms used for the protection of these IJM clients. Real names and casework documentation are on file with IJM.

Courtesy: IJM/IJM.org

+ Read the rest of Chellamma’s story at IJM First Person

Of Shoulders Left Un-shrugged and Crisis Kept Unabandoned

Monday, March 8th, 2010

by Dan Haseltine

Dan Haseltine is the lead vocalist for Jars of Clay and co-founder of Blood:Water Mission

I received a wonderful email from a friend recently. It was timely. My life has gotten quite overwhelming: I’m wondering about environmental issues far more than ever before. I’m wrestling to know what it looks like to stay engaged with the political activities going on in the U.S., and on top of this still keeping my hands dirty in the relationships I am trying to grow in Africa. And in certain moments, I have wondered why I shouldn’t simply, intentionally, forget a few of those things, lighten the list… and choose not to care.
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What is Art, Music Justice?

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Good question. we’re so glad you asked!

April 16-18, 2010 we have the privilege of bringing Art/Music/Justice here to The Falls Church for a special weekend event. Over the course of those three days, through special concerts and seminars, we will have the opportunity to talk in new ways about stewarding our lives well.
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A Fluffy Waste of Time? : A bare-bones theology of creativity

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

by Connally Gilliam
Workshop Speaker

“In the beginning, God created…” God’s first revelation of himself in the Scriptures is as One who creates. He hovers over the formless darkness, bringing order out of chaos, and the culmination of his Genesis creation is humankind, fashioned after his image: “So God created man in his own image,/ in the image of God he created him;/ male and female he created them.” Therefore we, as people created in the image of God, are likewise designed to be creators, patterned after our heavenly Father. Creativity—the capacity “to cause to come into being that which would not naturally evolve”—is woven into our very DNA. We were from the beginning, designed as creative beings (see Genesis 1 & 2).
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An Evening of Discussion & Next Steps | Tues Apr 27 at 7:30PM

Come discuss what you’ve heard at Art Music Justice and consider your next step — joining a small group, participating in local and global outreach, performing music or creating art. This event is free and open to all. Pizza and drinks will be served.

CALENDAR

FRIDAY APRIL 16

  • 6:30p
    Doors open for Sara Groves
  • 7:30p
    Sara Groves concert

SATURDAY APRIL 17

  • 8:00a
    Registration/Doors Open – Nicholson Hall
  • Resource Center Open – Upper Narthex
  • 9:00a
    Opening Plenary – Historic Church
  • 10:00a
    Break
  • 10:15a-11:00a
    Session I Begins
  • Charlie Peacock “The Artist as Creator, Servant, and Prophet” – Nicholson
  • Heidi Metcalf Little (Hudson Institute) “Global Philanthropy: Why Good Intentions Aren’t Enough” – Modular I
  • Christy Yates (Gordon College) “Justice Begins at Home” – Modular II
  • Elizabeth Fitch “Poetry from Pain/God’s Good Use of Our Brokenness” – Rooms 116/117
  • Ted Haddock (International Justice Mission) and Jim Wildman (National Public Radio) “Telling Stories with Words and Pictures” – Choir Room
  • Troy Groves/Shep Owen (Food for the Hungry Intl)/Jena Nardella (Blood:WaterMission) “Poverty in Africa, What You Can Do” – Southgate 106
  • Lauren Johnson (International Justice Mission) “Real Girls Beyond You.” – Southgate 112 [Cornerstone and Crossroads Girls only]
  • 11:00a-11:15a
    Break
  • 11:15a-12:00p
    Session II Begins
  • Charlie Peacock “The Artist as Creator, Servant, and Prophet” – Nicholson
  • Heidi Metcalf Little (Hudson Institute) “Global Philanthropy: Why Good Intentions Aren’t Enough” – Modular I
  • Christy Yates (Gordon College) “Justice Begins at Home” – Modular II
  • Elizabeth Fitch “Poetry from Pain/God’s Good Use of Our Brokenness” Rooms 116/117
  • Ted Haddock (International Justice Mission) and Jim Wildman (National Public Radio) “Telling Stories with Words and Pictures” – Choir Room
  • Troy Groves/Shep Owen (Food for the Hungry Intl)/Jena Nardella (Blood:WaterMission) “Poverty in Africa, What You Can Do” – Southgate 106
  • Sara Groves “The Real You” – Southgate 112 [Cornerstone and Crossroads Girls only]
  • 12:00p-1:00p
    Lunch Break
  • 1:00p-2:00p
    Plenary – Historic Church
  • 2:00p-2:15p
    Break
  • 2:15a-3:00p
    Session III Begins
  • Sara Groves “The Many Sides of a Songwriter” – Nicholson Hall
  • Rev. Bill Haley “Theology and Spirituality for AMJ: Owning Our Dignity, Anticipating Our Destiny, Releasing Our Gifts”- Modular I
  • Bill Wichterman, (Wedgwood Circle) “The Culture Stream: How Our Nation is Shaped” – Modular II
  • Andi Ashworth “The Art and Work of Caring” – Choir Room
  • Katie Keister and Connally Gilliam “The Healing Power of Art & Creativity PART I” – Southgate 104
  • Nar Tiang (The Falls Church, Outreach Department) “Who is My Neighbor? Local Justice Opportunities” – Southgate 106
  • 3:00p-3:15p
    Break
  • 3:15a-4:00p
    Session IV Begins
  • Sara Groves “The Many Sides of a Songwriter” – Nicholson Hall
  • Rev. Bill Haley “Theology and Spirituality for AMJ: Owning Our Dignity, Anticipating Our Destiny, Releasing Our Gifts”- Modular I
  • Bill Wichterman, (Wedgwood Circle) “The Culture Stream: How Our Nation is Shaped” – Modular II
  • Andi Ashworth “The Art and Work of Caring” – Choir Room
  • Katie Keister and Connally Gilliam “The Healing Power of Art & Creativity PART I” – Southgate 104
  • Nar Tiang (The Falls Church, Outreach Department) “Who is My Neighbor? Local Justice Opportunities” – Southgate 106
  • 4:00p-5:00p
    Resource Center Open
  • 6:30p
    Doors open for Jars of Clay
  • 7:30p
    Jars of Clay Concert

SUNDAY APRIL 18

  • 11a
    Sunday Service – Worship Service, to include special music & messages from Sara Groves and more
  • 1p
    Lunch with Local Ministry Partners and Shep Owen – Director, Kenya for Food for the Hungry (Location: Fellowship Hall)