For Such A Time As This

Maximizing everyday moments to glorify God

“In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.” (John 17:18 MSG)

on November 17, 2013

It’s not about me.

On February 24, 2013, I ran my first half-marathon. It wasn’t about being a runner, or getting in shape, or even striving for the accomplishment.

ImageIt was to give a voice to someone who doesn’t have one. At least not yet.

Training for this race took nearly a year. Having never run anything more than three miles, and only mastering that feat a couple years ago, I was nervous about going the distance. But when I heard the stories of those trapped in the bondage of human trafficking, I couldn’t sit by doing nothing. I joined a group called Team Freedom. Together, we raised money for an organization called Abolition International, which helps with rescue and recovery for those trapped in slavery. Today, there are more than 27 million slaves, more than at any other time in history.

The stories of the bondage are mind-boggling and stomach-turning. However, the stories of recovery and redemption are like sunshine bursting through dark clouds, bright and stunning.

Jesus didn’t offer me salvation to sit with it on a shelf and wait to go to Heaven. He called me to go out into this broken world and make a difference. To get involved. To step outside my comfort zone and do something, anything, whatever it is that He leads me to do.

He made it abundantly clear this was a cause, a team that I needed to be involved with. Hearing the stories of those rescued broke my heart and left me sobbing. I knew I had to run this year. For them. For others. He put a dollar figure in my head – the exact amount He wanted me to commit to raising for the organization. Not having a clue how I would raise the money, or train my aging body for a half-marathon, I simply said yes. A few weeks later, I received an anonymous check in the mail for the exact amount He put in my mind. I knew this was my mission.

In February 2014, the team is again running for freedom. I am running again and am now raising funds to help our partner organization, Abolition International.

Would you please consider helping me reach my fundraising goal of $500? Anything helps and it’s an easy process. Just visit my fundraising site: here: http://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise?fcid=288273

 

God has given me this mission. And I trust that He will equip that mission by keeping me healthy for training and bringing in donations. Saying “yes” is the first step. I’ve said “yes,” will you?

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