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Silverdale concert to benefit AIDS victims

The Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Christian band “Jacob’s Well” will be the headliner at a concert in Silverdale Nov. 21 to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS worldwide.  The concert is sponsored by the Silverdale United Methodist Church, Wagner Chiropractric Center and World Vision. - Photo courtesy of Jacob’s Well
The Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Christian band “Jacob’s Well” will be the headliner at a concert in Silverdale Nov. 21 to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS worldwide. The concert is sponsored by the Silverdale United Methodist Church, Wagner Chiropractric Center and World Vision.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Jacob’s Well

Three Christian bands will perform in Silverdale Friday, Nov. 21, to benefit the African AIDS pandemic.

It is estimated that 40 percent of the population of sub-Saharan South Africa will die from AIDS. It has the highest concentration of HIV-infected persons in the world. Those suffering the most are poor black adults and children.

Three bands will perform in the Silverdale United Methodist Church gym in an effort to bring local awareness to the global problem, said Lori Fender of the Wagner Family Chiropractic Center. Sponsoring the concert are the Wagner’s center, Methodist Church, and World Vision — a Tacoma-based international Christian relief organization.

Wayne Mason and his band will kick things off at 7 p.m. and be followed by The Edge. Jacob’s Well will be the headliner, Fender said. Mason is a local talent. Jacob’s Well is based in Fort Wayne, Ind. and was founded in 1998. They describe themselves as a Christian band with an “alternative sound.”

Fender gave more details on the pandemic.

“Every 14 seconds a child in Africa is orphaned because of AIDS,” she said. “Many parents want their children to die before they do, so at least they (the children) will have someone to look after them while they’re alive.”

World Vision wants to go to Africa and help a new HIV-free generation pull the country out of its crisis. The concert is to raise awareness and resources to fight AIDS. World Vision will be taking pledges of $26 each for at least 100 HIV-infected children.

“How this all came about, was when Michael (Wagner) and I attended a Christian concert last spring,” said Wagner’s wife Angela. “They spoke about the AIDS crisis in Africa, and we decided to set up a special arrangement in our chiropractic center. We offered customers seven months free consultation and sessions in exchange for a $200 donation to World Vision.”

She said they had success with this, but felt they could do more. They contacted World Vision. Someone suggested doing a concert. And when the Wagners asked their own church if the concert could be held there, United Methodists agreed.

“We’ve been distributing flyers to other churches and denominations, as well as businesses in the community. We want everyone to know about this concert, and the crisis,” Mrs. Wagner said.

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