Christian Performance artist Jon Jorgenson can write a spoken word piece in 15 minutes and snag 6 million views on YouTube. Getting those viewers to join in the fight to help alleviate the scourge of AIDS and extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa — a cause to which he is devoted — can be a more difficult task. But he’s up for the challenge.
In Jorgenson’s latest performance piece titled, “Raise Your Voice,” he outlines the staggering figures behind the suffering in Africa’s sub-Saharan region with the goal of introducing the masses to the continent’s epidemics, and inspiring them to take action. Suffering, like the 17,000 women who are infected with HIV every week, goes largely unnoticed.
The artist has partnered with the One Campaign, a nonprofit organization focused on taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases in Africa.
Jorgenson is very deliberate about his craft, spending time researching, documenting his thoughts and feelings, merging cocepts, and composing it all into one cohesive piece. In an interview with The Christian Post, he said that “expressing [his work] in a way that’s creative, engaging and builds the right flow, and then adding in all that word play and rhyming” is his goal.
He explained that the One Campaign contacted him because of its desire to engage with the Christian faith community and its passion for fighting social injustice, like combating physical and global poverty and hunger, and the fact that 1 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty (less than $2/day).
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SOURCE: The Christian Post