Tread on Trafficking: Perspire to Inspire | Love146
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Human trafficking does not impact me. At least that’s what I thought years ago as a fairly naïve college student. Fast forward a decade later: my wife, Leah, gave birth to our daughter, Brielle, and everything changed. I saw my daughter’s face in every child. The issue of human trafficking started to sink deep into my heart: that could be my child. But what could we do? The issue is so big and so monstrous, what could one family do?

We started to give. Just a little bit. Then we started to read and research. We started to give a little more. We watched the Love146 videos. We cried a lot. We started praying for children that were mentioned in the Love146 blog, children we had never seen and would never meet. Then I started to have the desire to let others know about child trafficking and exploitation. But what could I do to spread awareness about human trafficking? I decided to use my skills as a personal trainer and my enjoyment of obstacle course racing.
 

I invited everyone I knew to come out to a four part group exercise series that lead up to a super fun obstacle course race. The goal was simple: get a great workout and learn about the issue of child trafficking.

 
We had a local café provide samples, parents brought their kids, and one week we actually went out to the course to practice the obstacles. At each event, we worked out, had a brief discussion or presentation on human trafficking, and I challenged everyone to a small task. The tasks were simple: look over the Love146 website, watch a video about trafficking, sign up for a “human trafficking” Google alert, read the U.S. State Department’s suggestions for what individuals can do to fight human trafficking, and give. Believe it or not, we even helped a bill that protects foster kids who are vulnerable to being trafficked pass into law by writing letters to our Representatives and Senators.
 
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This little group of sweaty people actually helped create change. We did something.

 
Even though trying to help was too daunting of a task at first, I realize now that it starts with just doing something, like giving a few dollars or inviting friends out for a great workout. I hate that we live in a world where things like child trafficking exists. But I love that we live in a world where there is still hope, there’s still love and there’s still small groups of people willing to break a sweat for change.

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