What an amazing time we had at the 3rd Miles for Freedom Atlanta on the Silver Comet Trail on April 26, 2014. The weather was absolutely perfect with a low of 55 and a high of 81 with no wind or clouds. This year we had a last-minute change in the start/finish line due to construction taking place on the bridges in Cobb County. We started at mile marker 11.7 at the Florence Rd. Trail-head and 45 participants skated, biked, walked and ran a total of 2.7, 7.2, or 27 miles. After an awareness message and thank you from Nia of Wellspring Living and Gentry of Miles for Freedom, Jimmy Blair II, Pro skater and owner of Pinnacle Racing, lead us in prayer for the survivors and participants.
We are thankful for the volunteers that were stationed near the half way points for each category and gave out food and drink. Many of the participants were surprised to see a wall of people taking over the trail about 5 miles into the event because a 5k in Dallas, GA got a late start. Thankfully, nobody was hurt and it ended up giving us a wonderful way to continue our mission to bring AWARENESS. The police officer for the 5k stopped Gentry’s Dad at Rambo Nursery and asked what is Miles for Freedom and why are they all wearing the number 27,000,000? That was the question many times throughout the day. We got to tell people that we are coming together as one team to fight for the estimated 27 million people in the World that are trapped in Human Trafficking.
For many participants this was their first time completing 2.7, 7.2, or 27 miles. The event was physically painful for most of us as well. We hope that our pain in sport will give us an extra reminder for those that are suffering in the pain of human trafficking. That it will provide an opportunity to cry out in prayer for the pain of the millions that are suffering in the U.S and around the World.
Another part of the mission of Miles for Freedom is to provide FUNDING for ministries that support the restoration and freedom of people. With the help of God, prayer, volunteers, participants, and sponsors we raised a total of $1,967 for Wellspring Living. That will provide hope, love, trust, faith, therapy, housing, clothing, transportation, medicine, prison outreach and many more things for the women and girls that are served by Wellspring.
We are so grateful for all of you that are reading this and that have joined us in this fight for freedom. Please enjoy a few pictures from Miles for Freedom Atlanta below. You may also join the conversation and get involved on
May 31 and October 4, 2014 we will have events in Dayton, OH to provide furniture for a new residential program of Oasis House for survivors of Sex Trafficking. For more details visit 2014 Events/Expos
- WELLSPRING LIVING’S MISSION IS TO CONFRONT THE ISSUE OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION THROUGH AWARENESS, TRAINING, AND TREATMENT PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS