Nine-time Gospel Music Association Dove Award-winning Christian singer Nichole Nordeman is coming to Hicksville High School Friday, not only to sing, but to shine a light on the issue of human trafficking.

Known by worship music fans for songs like “Why,” “This Mystery,” “Holy,” “Legacy,” “Brave,” and “What If,” the Colorado songstress will perform live at Hicksville High School, 958 E. High St., at 7 p.m. on July 19.

Nordeman has been releasing albums since 1998’s Wide Eyed, up to 2017’s Every Mile Mattered, which followed a 12-year hiatus taken by the singer to focus on family. Nordeman’s work has also been featured on Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia and VeggieTales compilations as well.

Tickets are $49 per person with all proceeds going to FIGHT Ministries, which stands for Freeing Individuals from the Grasp of Human Trafficking, trough Hicksville’s Gateway Chapel.

The organization’s goal is “to prevent, rescue and rehabilitate victims that are trapped in a system and society of oppression and abuse,” according to FIGHT’s website. “We strive to be a voice for children that are dominated by the brutal world of modern-day slavery. Our purpose is to restore hope, healing, security and safety to children through the power of Christ.”

The ministry focuses on the Dominican Republic, which is ranked fourth in the world for human exportation to other countries and where gang activity is rampant and hope is scarce. There, FIGHT owns 16 acres of property that features two safe houses that are home to 10 rescued female victims and where counseling, education and activities are provided to rescued children.

Nordeman herself has made known publicly her attention to issues involving children.

In recent days, Nordeman has asked Samaritan’s Purse CEO Franklin Graham to step in to aid migrants being held at detention centers by providing shoe boxes full of hygiene items and to petition President Donald Trump to sign a bill recently passed by Congress in relation to the matter.

Nordeman highlighted the situation as one in which children are at higher risk of falling into the hands of traffickers.

Tickets are available at the door or at Culligan locations in Defiance, Bryan and Hicksville.

For more information, contact Rhonda Van Dyke at 419-770-9117 or Pastor Jack Teeple, 419-487-4316.

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