Friends I am in the final couple weeks of collecting money for Gracehaven. Here is how: 5k for 25 days.
4 days left! Hard to believe that 21 days have passed since I have begun. God has used this time to teach me much about about compassion and to increase my heart for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Surprisingly my body has held up well. Just my shin on my left leg is sore and the calf on my right like is getting sore. Nothing a couple of pain killers can’t help! The pain though has been a reminder of the pain that those enslaved live in everyday. I realize that the pain I experience is only a tiny fraction of what they live in. Yesterday I realized why so many turn to drugs and alcohol. When you experience that much torment at the hands of others how could you not want to use something to escape.
I also find myself praying increasingly more for the church to find greater ways for involvement in the fight against human trafficking. I pray that pastors will be awakened and lead their churches to pray and then allow the Spirit to guide members to get involved in other ways.
Finally I still need lots and lots of help to make the $5000 goal. A little over $2000 has come in. Please consider giving only if it is $10. I am hopeful that this goal will be met!
Thanks to all of you for your love and support during this endeavor!
Here is an event in the Cincinnati area for those of you who would like to learn more about the fight against human trafficking: The Power of 1
Please click here for details on how to give: 5k for 25 days
Wow…today was tough! My guess is that it was the combination of helping a friend move for five hours and then doing the run. At least I am praying that is the case!
Today I was also able to raise awareness for human trafficking and Gracehaven. I got to speak with the middle school students at Dayton Christian. The first thing I did was to ask how many were aware of the problem of human trafficking and only about 20% had. Not any longer though! Today I was able to let them know how huge of problem human trafficking. Now I pray that God will lead some of those students to step out in faith and help battle human trafficking.
Financially I am at about $1000 only a fifth of the way there. There is about 15 days left and I need $4000 to hit the goal. Please prayerfully consider pledging thus helping give Gracehaven a great Christmas gift.
One last thing to tell you about. I am planning a short event that everyone can be a part of on Christmas eve. Tomorrow I plan to have up all the information about it. Be looking for it!
Again thanks for all your help and support through this.
Click here to learn more and find out how to donate to Gracehaven: 5K for 25 days
Well I am now five days in and by the grace of God I felt really good today while I ran. Hopefully on day twenty I will feel just as good! I found some real encouragement from my friend Dan who ran with me yesterday. Having someone to chat with and to also have praying with me for human trafficking was great.
As I pondered his encouragement and the fact that he was praying as well it gave me an idea and a challenge for you all. Starting today through the end of the week would you join me in praying for issues surrounding human trafficking and for Gracehaven as you exercise? So everytime you run, walk, do pushups or any other exercise take some time and pray for these things. I know that someone of you won’t be sure how to pray so here is a link to a human trafficking prayer guide: A PRAYER GUIDE. The A21 Campaign is another great organization that is fighting against human trafficking.
Please if you are willing to pray for human trafficking and Gracehaven this week while you exercise then please comment on here or send me an email or a message on Facebook so that I can know who all is praying for me.
Financially I am at about $900 in pledges. Considering that I am 1/5 of the way through I am almost on target. Please prayerfully consider how much the Lord would have you give.
One last note if you would like to run and pray with me then just let me know I would love to have others come along. Girls if you are going to join me then I need to get another guy to come along. Sorry, I just want to respect my wife in that way.
Thanks for all your encouragement through this. To God be the glory!
Click here to see how to sponsor me: 5K for 25 Days
Today was the third day of running and it seems to be going well. Honestly I will not be setting any speed records over the 25 days. I did realize that I must not push to hard for better times or in 10 or 15 days I will regret it. My old shoes were causing some discomfort so to get the new ones from my friend was a huge blessing!
The kids have been great about supporting and encouraging me. Noah when I told him what I was doing went and got his money to donate: $2.79. Such a great gift! Then yesterday when I go home Emma (3) told me that she had ice and water for me. She then preceded to the refrigerator and got me my water out. They have also spent time praying for kids who are affected by this to. I am truly blessed by the children Amy and I have.
Financially I have received pledges of just over $800. Please be praying that I find the other 42 $100 donors. Although if you want to sponsor for less don’t hesitate to do so. Every little bit is going to be important to blow past the $5000 goal.
As I run I spend time praying for Gracehaven and other organizations such as Love146. I also pray for the individuals who are enslaved that they would find freedom physically and also freedom spiritually in Christ. Today I was also led to pray for the men and women who are the customers who rape these children that God would open their eyes to their sinfulness and need for Jesus. At the end of the day we are all sinners and need Jesus. Most of these individuals will never find the power to change on their own they need Jesus to give them a new heart.
Please e-mail me to sponsor and let me know how much you are giving. (email@example.com)
I would love to go over $1000 today so let’s get two more $100 sponsors today!
First click here: 5K for 25 days to learn about this and how you can donate funds.
I am so excited for how this is already being used to encourage people and bring glory to God! I am two days into promotion and $320 has been pledged. That means only $4680 to go or 47 more $100 sponsors. Please though don’t hesitate to give if it is only $5 or $10. The truth is it is going to take everyone’s help to reach the goal and beyond. Another cool thing is that a friend of mine gave me a pair of New Balance running shoes. This is huge because my running shoes are almost three years old!
A couple of promotion opportunities to be praying for are the Dayton Daily News and Starbucks. The store I work at is going to allow me to put up information and this will allow me to find a lot more sponsors. Secondly some editorial writers at the Dayton Daily News have heard about what I am doing and now I am praying they will want to do a piece on it. My prayer is that for God’s glory that the goal of $5000 will be blown out of the water!!!
Theresa Flores is on the board at Gracehaven and this a quote from her about the importance of Gracehaven getting open.
We (Gracehaven) is in such need to raise this money, so we really appreciate it! We just HAVE to get open this spring and only need money to do it. It seems like such a small thing, yet so hard too. But there are young girls out there living in hell right now, and we Have to do it.
Tomorrow starts the running! yeah!
Please be willing to donate to this great cause. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know how mush you want to pledge.
You may find yourself asking, “what does that title mean?” A couple nights ago I got contemplating how I could raise awareness around the issue of human trafficking and at the same time raise some funds to help a ministry involved in fighting this battle. Around 11 pm that night a plan came to my mind and now its time to make it happen.
I need your help though!
First take a few minutes to go to the Love146 website and learn about the human trafficking especially in regards to minors.
Second, take a few more minutes to learn about Gracehaven. Gracehaven is a home in Ohio that is being developed to helped minors who have been rescued from sexually slavery. These girls can stay at the home for as long as they need to or until they are 18. The home will have ten beds and have workers to help these young girls. Also realize this will only be the fourth house of it kind for minors. Two of them exist in Ohio. But please check out the website for more information.
So here is my plan. I would like to raise $5,000 to go to Gracehaven to help them get open. Of course I need your help because I don’t have $5000.
5k for 25 days is the plan. You can look at this two ways. The first is that for 25 days starting December 1 I will run a 5k. The final day will be Christmas day. The second way is that for 25 days of running I am going to raise $5000.
What I need is simply 50 sponsors who will give $100 to Gracehaven. Would you do this please? They need it to get closer to their goal of getting open. I would love to raise more than $5000 but that is the goal. Please if you can’t do $100 but would do less then please do less.
Here is how you can give:
1. Send me an e-mail at email@example.com or contact me some on facebook or twitter to let me know that you will sponsor me and for how much.
2. Make out your check to Gracehaven.
3. Mail it to me: 8693 Shadycreek Dr., Centerville, OH 45458.
Also you can hear regular updates on how the 5k for 25 days is going on facebook and twitter.
If you would, please pass the link on for this post to others so they can get involved too. $5000 seems like a lot to me, but I know that if the word spreads enough this amount will be nothing.
On the my blog you can also find some other websites that will give you information about the problem of Human Trafficking. Breaking the Chains is another article that talks about Human Trafficking especially in Ohio.
Friends please consider how you may help so we can give a Christmas gift to Gracehaven!!!!