First if you would like to learn more about and consider giving to Gracehaven then click here: 5k for 25 days
The following video is with Aaron Cohen a former rock star who now fights to free slaves. You will get a good intro to slavery here in America and around the world.
WARNING: The video is a little graphic and covers very heavy material. I would not recommend watching with the kids around.
The church should be on the front lines battling human trafficking because we carry the message of Jesus Christ which will bring the victims true freedom.
First if you would like to know more about 5k for 25 days then click here: 5k for 25 days
Yesterday I felt the need to do an update that isn’t so much an update but that is more of an explanation. I want to take a couple moments and lay out what has compelled me to do this “5k for 25 days”. Why would I take so much time out of this Christmas season to do this? I realized that if I fail to make the reasons why clear then I have failed at giving credit to whom credit is due.
There are three reasons specifically that led to me pursuing this little adventure but the first reason is the one that is the foundation for the other two. The first reason that I have been compelled to run and is essentially the reason that makes all other reasons valid is Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that God sent His only Son, Jesus to the world to die for humanity. To die for our sins and take upon Himself the wrath of God to pay for all of our sins (John 3:16; Eph. 2:1-10). At about the age of five I confessed my sin and trusted Christ as my Savior. Now my life because of what He has done is lived for His glory. My prayer is that the way I live my life is a testimony to the majesty of God and His Son Jesus. So I run that God my receive all the glory. If His son had not come then I would not love nor care to do something like this.
The second reason that I run is that Christ has laid a burden on my heart for human trafficking and to join the fight against it. The slavery of individuals who were created by God in His image is an atrocity. Especially in regards to the children who are forced into sexual slavery. As a follower of Jesus Christ I am called to seek the Kingdom of God and in God’s kingdom justice reigns. I am drawn to see justice and justice is the freeing of individuals from slavery and the wicked punished. As God’s child not only am I called to seek His kingdom but I must also spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. If these individuals are freed physically that is a good thing, but if they are also freed spiritually by coming to Jesus Christ then that is a wonderful thing. Jesus calls me to not only fight for their freedom physically but also and more importantly their freedom spiritually. So I run secondly for freedom.
The final major reason I run is because of my family. God has blessed me with an amazing wife and four incredible children. As a husband and father I long for them also to know Jesus and to value the things of Jesus. I have learned in my short life that I pass things on to my kids best by how I live. So I run that they may see how important it is to sacrifice for others. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice that we might have life and so I am called to sacrifice that others might come to know the love of Jesus. First and foremost this responsibility is to my children. I pray that they would seek Jesus and pursue the dreams and passions that He has given them. As a dad I pray that I will always support them in their dreams encourage them to have the faith that God can and will do great things through them. I hope that this 5k for 25 days will be an example to them.
So for those of you who may ask why is Wade running? The answer: Christ died for me and I want all of my life to bring glory to Him. I do not run because I am anything special but because God is great in me!
To God alone be the glory!!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!!!!