Kingsland’s Third Annual Just Run for a Just Cause is now history. This morning, 875 participants pounded the pavement in this annual run and family walk designed to raise awareness about human trafficking. Making people aware of the scope and magnitude of modern-day slavery is the first step toward making a difference. Those who are aware are more likely to pray, to speak on behalf of those who have no voice, and to financially support initiatives that result in the rescue and care of the oppressed. As for those who choose to do nothing, William Wilberforce said it best: “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” This year we again featured our sixty-foot long justice wall made up of panels that sequentially illustrate the story of how young girls are trafficked and how those who champion justice come to their aid. I stood at a distance, watching and praying as folks carefully read and studied the contents of each panel. For many, this was their first exposure to the dark world of modern-day slavery and what they can do to help.
I am especially grateful to Paul Crandall, Kingsland’s Recreation Pastor, who served as this year’s race coordinator. Paul and his assistant Becky and a team of dozens of volunteers did a fabulous job of planning every detail and ensuring that the race/walk was a success. I am happy to say that their hard work paid off. I spoke with lots of folks this morning who expressed their gratitude to Kingsland for sponsoring this race and for giving them an opportunity to invest in supporting our justice initiatives from Katy to Kolkata. The proceeds from this year’s race will help us to continue our support of local and international justice initiatives — including caring for more than 150 girls rescued from brothels in South Asia who now live in the aftercare home we support. Although the race is now history, I pray that what happened today will help to change the future for victims of human trafficking as we continue our efforts to speak on behalf of those who have no voice and work to free the captives.