Karen Toni del Rosario
A few years ago, I started running because my doctor told me that my health was in danger. I immediately hit the pavement. However after a year or so past, I hit a plateau. I hit my pysical goals and I felt amazing. But something in me felt like I needed to run for more than myself. I needed a purpose. This purpose came along when Northridge Church began supporting a great cause. This cause was running against Human Trafficking.
I came to a realization that where I came from and where I was at was a very small world. At that time, Human Trafficking was not known about very much but it is surprisingly the Second Largest Illegal Trade in the World... It was not just happening in my home country of the Philippines, but, it also spread here in the United States, even in Michigan. Growing up I have always been mindful of my own little bubble. Not wanting to take part or hear anything negative going on around me. Nothing really struck me as something worth fighting for or going all in for. But my faith was also growing. One of the talks that my pastor gave was being lukewarm.
As I embark on my second year running, I am so happy to know that awareness has spread and we are catching so many more suspects and saving so many lives. But it is only the beginning and we cannot stop. I cannot bare to imagine one of my nieces or nephews or anyone I know be a victim to this. I pray that these victims are found and saved. Every little bit of action leads to these things happening. Please help me and my team in saving these victims. Not just from the trafficking itself but also restoring their lives.
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