RUN AGAINST TRAFFICK
It is hard to know where to begin this story. Many of you have given me the opportunity to share face to face and I thank you. I wish I could sit for an hour with each of you. I’m sure it would change your lives as it has changed mine. I hope you will take a few minutes to read this story and join me as I take on the most important challenge of my life.
My mom and I were in Myanmar (Burma) the first 4 months of this year and that is where the story begins. Burma/Myanmar has been a closed country for the last 40 years after the takeover by a brutal military junta. If you watch the movie “The Lady” (wonderful story) it will inspire you and give you an understanding of many things I can’t cover here. All of it contributes to why we were in Asia and why I am writing to you. There is so much I would like to share but in the interest of time, I will tell you only one aspect of our efforts – the sex trafficking of children.
In the brothels of Asia, a man can buy 3 little girls for $50 for 24 hours. He can take them wherever he chooses, do whatever he chooses and return them…..little girls…..8-9-10 year old little girls. Many of these little girls are being raped 10-15 times a day!
Through a series of remarkable events, God led me to a man named Judah who with his wife and the help of friends, is rescuing these children and giving them homes; places to heal and learn to live safe productive lives. Judah calls these homes Ruth’s Farm House. There are 12-15 children and young women in each self-sustaining home. They are loved, protected, educated transformed by the love of God and the safety of a nurturing home. I had no idea when I was introduced to Judah and Katie that I would ever become involved in their work but here I am, telling you this story.
As a result of that meeting, we are organizing a 10k “Run Against Traffick” to help raise money for the next home for rescued children that will be built in northern Thailand. On October 5, 2013 we have planned an informal 5k run/walk for the purpose of sharing the vision and building a team to organize the 1st Annual “RAT” Race. This “Run Against Traffick” will lay the ground work for the major fund raising event in the Spring. On October 5th we invite you to join us, or sponsor Mom and I in the vision casting 5k walk/run. We invite you to walk/run/bike with us and spend a few minutes to hear the plan we have to take on this challenge, not only in Myanmar and Thailand, but also raise awareness here in America.
I have only learned since I began this journey, that Phoenix, Arizona is a hub for the sex trade in America. I have also learned that the Super Bowl is the largest venue in the world for underage sex trafficking. Remarkably, Mom and I were invited by our AZ State Representative Doug Coleman to attend a meeting of the Task Force on Sex Trafficking, which Governor Jan Brewer recently appointed in anticipation of the 2015 Super Bowl in Arizona. The task of the Task Force is to research and make recommendations. We have been stunned by what we have learned and the amazing ways God has placed people in our path seemingly guiding this journey in ways we never could have imagined. What began as a fund raiser to build homes for rescued children in Asia, has clearly expanded to include raising awareness of the crisis in Arizona.
If your heart is touched and your curiosity stirred, please join us on October 5th at 7am at
C3 Tempe (Campus Christian Center), 1034 S Mill Avenue, Tempe. We will share the story, run the 5k and ask you to be a part of the 1st Annual “RAT” Race as we join the fight for children being sex trafficked. We can’t save them all but we can make a huge difference and we must try….if only one young girl is saved it is worth all our efforts, but I believe we can do much more than that together.
We still need more sponsors, fellow walkers/runners, team mates and prayer warriors. There are many areas where we need volunteers and partners if we are to accomplish our goal. It is far more than a fund raising stroll, I am discovering that it is really more about prayer than anything. So much has been happening in my heart through this that I feel it is part of my mission to share the experiences.
We cry out for the children as we take on this challenge. I cry every day, partly because of the responsibility, partly out of compassion for victims of injustice and partly for joy of the awesome privilege of being called to this journey and growing closer to the heart of God through it.
The walk is only a week away and I still have a lot to do get ready, so that is all for now. Thank you all for your encouragement. Please write me or give me a call at (602)809-2314 if you have any questions or suggestions. God bless you all.
P.O. Box 3997 AJ, AZ 85117
ALL AGES EVENT
$50 Registration Fee
All proceeds go to build Ruth’s Farm Homes in Thailand and Myanmar.
WHEN October 5th, 2013 7am
WHERE C3 Tempe 1043 S Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ
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TO GET A SPONSOR FORM CLICK HERE