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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Life...Be Daring

Be Daring

"If you're looking for a big opportunity, seek out a big problem."  -- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

This is a picture of my brother Jordan.  He and his band "Sargent Avenue" recently made a humanitarian trip to Thailand and Cambodia.  They went there to educate themselves and find out how they can help in the fight against the sexual trafficking of women and children.

It's a big problem...a huge problem, a problem so big that you wonder, what can one ordinary person do?  What can one band of six guys who barely make enough money to cover the cost of their band gigs do?

Let me repeat myself..."If you're looking for a big opportunity, seek out a big problem."  -- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

What big opportunity did they get in exchange for seeking out such a huge problem?  They did get the opportunity to play on the MTV stage in front of over 10,000 people....but they will tell you, that as great as an experience as that was, it was not the opportunity they are most thankful for.

They came back from their trip, changed men.  They came back with a desire and a passion to help make a difference.  The got an opportunity to help change the lives of women and children, and they took that opportunity and decided to run with it.  They have made it their mission to raise $250,000.00 to build a home for children who are rescued from trafficking, a home where they will be safe, receive an education, be loved and receiving healing for their physical and emotional pain.  And a home, where, as an added bonus, they will be provided musical instruments and musical training, offering them the ability to express themselves with the creative outlet of music.

It may not be the opportunity they thought they would find...but they've found that through this experience they have gained so much more than they ever thought possible.

The name of their band is "Sargent Avenue."  The name of the home they are building is "Sargent House." They are partnered with "Traffic Jam" a not for profit organization that exists to "jam" up the traffic involving the widowed, orphaned, abandoned, sold and vulnerable who are often forced into horrific lives of labor or sex slavery.

For more information or if you feel compelled to help Sargent Avenue, Sargent House or Traffic Jam, please follow the links below.  -- Rachael

Sargent Avenue Facebook Page:

Video with footage from their trip to Thailand and Cambodia:

Traffic Jam website:

Information on the campaign to raise funds for Sargent House:

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