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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Run: 4Justice

On February 12, 2011 , our home church sponsored Run: 4Justice, a 5K Run/Walk (and 1K Fun Run for kids) which was a fundraising effort to raise money for the International Justice Mission. The IJM is a human rights organization that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual and other forms of violent oppression around the world. In particular, our focus has been on the child sex trafficking in Cambodia. Teams go from the church yearly to partner with IJM in Cambodia and work with them.

When I first heard that my church was sponsoring a run, I decided to jump on board as an effort to motivate myself to get on the treadmill more often. I have never run a 5K but have always thought it would be a good goal for myself. I enlisted my sister-in-law Mary to fly out and join me. She is an avid runner so I figured I'd probably be trailing far behind her but I thought it would be fun anyway. I mentioned to Tom that he should jump in on the fun, too, but initially he was reluctant to commit. However, once we saw the promotional video for the race, both Tom and I were in 100%. Every Sunday, when the video was shown, I was brought to tears. I can't help but think of Libby when I see those girls. What those beautiful children are going through is despicable to God and should make us rise to action on their behalf. If I can help even one of them running a little more than 3 miles and donating money (neither of which is really much sacrifice), then I will certainly do it. Tom asked his co-workers from the hospital in Dallas  to partner with him in the run and several of them did.

My training faltered in January when Tom and I were hit with the flu and stomach bug and it felt like we spent most of the month struggling to get out of bed, let alone train for the run.  When the week of the race came, I hadn't hit the treadmill but once in the new year.  Yikes!  Although the actual running seemed daunting, our family was really excited about being a part of such a great mission.  We bundled up (it was 28 degrees at the start of the day) and joined 1300 other people to run for justice!

Mary and I joined the runners at the head of the pack.  Amazingly, I was able to jog most of the 3.1 miles.   Tom and the kids (in our monster double jogger) joined a few of  his co-workers near the back with the rest of the walkers.  We all finished and were proud of our success.  However, the bigger success was the $133,000 raised to support the Internation Justice Mission and their work to free those precious girls in Cambodia.  "We rescue people because we are rescued people!"

100% of the proceeds from the RUN:4JUSTICE will benefit International Justice Mission and the work of freeing young girls from the sex trafficking industry in Cambodia.

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