Tuesday, October 16, 2012

American Leprosy Missions Partners with the IXIST Tour to Rid the World of Leprosy

NASHVILLE, Oct. 16, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- American Leprosy Missions and the IXIST Tour are honored to announce a partnership for the upcoming 2013 tour. The tour hopes to recruit attendees to serve as a channel of Christ's love to persons affected by leprosy and related diseases, helping them to be healed in body and spirit, and restored to lives of dignity and hope. 

Founded by missionaries in 1906, American Leprosy Missions (www.leprosy.org) is a global organization dedicated to serving Christ by healing people and communities devastated by leprosy. American Leprosy Missions is the oldest and largest non-profit organization in the U.S. working to cure and care for people with leprosy and Buruli ulcer. 

Every two minutes, someone is diagnosed with leprosy. Often believed to have been eradicated, leprosy, also known as Hansen's Disease, still occurs in more than 100 countries worldwide. The good news is that leprosy is curable! 

Leprosy Statistics:
  • 130 countries reported cases of leprosy in 2011.

  • 3 to 4 million people have disabilities as a result of leprosy.

  • Nearly 250,000 new cases are diagnosed every year, and many more go undetected.

  • Approximately 10% of all new cases are in children.

  • 17 countries in Africa, Asia and South America accounted for 95% of all new cases of leprosy in 2011.
With unparalleled expertise, American Leprosy Missions' world-renowned experts, including award-winning doctors and consultants to the World Health Organization (WHO), focus on empowerment: re-weaving marginalized people into their community, healing them physically, and restoring dignity and hope. 

IXIST is more than a concert tour. It is a ministry campaign dedicated to helping people share their testimony. Each night, one local market testimonial will be chosen and posted from an ongoing international YouTube campaign, created to inspire others to share their story and consider the work that God is doing through their lives. 

Coming in Winter 2013, the IXIST TOUR will kick off in late February, routing across the U.S. through March and then on to Africa, where the tour will travel to six countries. The tour will include IXIST Media Sessions featuring on-site interviews at each location; afternoon IXIST In-Stores in select cities, and, of course, the IXIST Concert each night. The tour features the Xist Music roster of leading Urban Christian artists & their ministries, anchored by the Billboard and SoundScan best-selling artists The Ambassador and Sean Simmonds. Supporting artists for the tour include Yaves, D-MAUB, UK based artist Jahaziel, and Nate "NF" Feuerstein. 

Three of the faith-based market's leading companies have joined together to for IXIST Tour: urban music label Xist Music, the formidable artist & booking agency Elite Talent Agency, and top Christian media & events group, FrontGate Media. The tour comes as Christian hip-hop and urban music is exploding, evidenced most recently by a Billboard charting milestone: TobyMac's "Eye On It" debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.Christian Newswire

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