For Such A Time As This

Maximizing everyday moments to glorify God

Just say “yes”

on September 14, 2015

“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)

Five years!

Five years ago, a small group of women decided to tackle a half-marathon as a way to celebrate a milestone birthday. In the process, they were able to raise money for a cause.

Today, more than 300 people are part of what is now called “Team Freedom.” This team raises money to help fight human trafficking through an organization called Hope for Justice. In that time, we have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help rescue and restore the lives of those trapped in slavery. While that is an incredible accomplishment, there is much more to be done. And Team Freedom has no intention of stopping.

Four years ago, I laced up my running shoes and joined the fight. I wasn’t a runner by any means. But, after that first year when I heard the stories of women trapped in the sex slave trade, my heart broke. I remember literally sobbing after hearing the story of one young girl. The thought entered my mind, “I HAVE to do something.” God has called us to be a light in a dark world. Well, it doesn’t get much darker than the horrific world of human trafficking. I simply said, yes. I’ll do it. God called me to be a part of this mission and whether I am a runner or not, I’m in.

I've been running with Team Freedom for four years and I have no intention of stopping!

I’ve been running with Team Freedom for four years and I have no intention of stopping!

Fast forward to today. I have completed three half-marathons, two 15K’s and numerous 10K’s and 5K’s. I certainly don’t say that to brag. I say that because my heart remains on fire for this cause and running is how we help. Every day, I wear a bracelet made by a woman who was rescued. It keeps me grounded and reminds me of why I run.

In February of 2016, I will run more miles than I have ever attempted, 25.5 miles over two days. The reason? To give a face to this problem. To hopefully open a conversation with people who may not realize how big this issue really is. Today, there are more than 29 million slaves in the world. That’s more than any other time in the history of the world. I cannot sit by and do nothing. I pray that you would stand in agreement with me on that point.

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.

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.

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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