Gabby Lauda is dribbling the Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon in Providence, Rhode Island! On Sunday, August 7, she will be dribbling all 13.1 miles with a basketball for an extremely powerful cause. Check out at least the first 5 minutes of this video, then read from Gabby’s heart her desire to share the love of Christ with “the least of these.”
On August 7th I plan to run a half marathon in Providence, Rhode Island. When I decided to run a Half marathon I immediately thought of Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord not for men.” I see this as not only an opportunity to seize a personal goal but more importantly an opportunity to serve God and others.
Over the last couple months the issue of human sex trafficking has been laid on my heart. I am joining an organization called Dribble the World in which I will dribble my half marathon with a basketball and look to raise money to help an organization that helps stop the injustice of sex trafficking and provides aid to many after they have been saved from this tragedy. I am choosing to raise money for Tiny Hands International. Tiny Hands is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the church in a developing world to help the poor over come poverty and become lights of the world. Tiny Hands is committed to finding the greatest injustices in the world, and works to relieve them in whatever way possible. They are particularly called to orphans, street children, and the victims of the sex trafficking industry.
Sex trafficking is one of the biggest tragedies in our world. In only one year an estimate of 10,000 girls are trafficked in Nepal. They are trafficked across the border into Indian brothels, and are forced to become prostitutes. The girls range from age 7-24, with an average of age 15. Nearly all of these girls are forced to begin having sex with their clients within the day of their arrival. Many are gang raped and beaten to be initiated. Often they are held in cages. These precious daughters are forced to have sex with as many as 40 clients a day. This needs to be stopped, so I chose to help join the fight to stop this injustice now. I hope you may also choose to help join the fight and join me in my efforts to raise money for Tiny Hands.
I was immediately drawn to this organization as it not only provides aid to the poor and deprived but also provides the victims with the opportunity to receive the gospel and gain eternal life with our Savoir, Jesus Christ. When I realized I was a sinner, in need of a Savior, I accepted Christ into my heart and now I live with an inexpressible joy that I simply must share. This organization not only saves lives in this passing world we live in, but also gives many the opportunity to choose eternal life in Christ Jesus.
If you feel led to donate to Tiny Hands International, you can make checks payable to Ball for Lives, Inc. 100% of your donation will be sent to Tiny Hands (You can read Dribble the World’s donation FAQs HERE). You can also donate online at DribbletheWorld.com (right side of web page) and write Gabby Lauda in PayPal’s “Add special instructions to seller” box. If you are called to prayer, please pray for those who are involved with Tiny Hands Ministry. Also pray that the victims will experience the love of Jesus through the love shown to them. Pray that they may come to know Christ as their Savior. Pray for the race on August 7th that opportunity to share Christ’s everlasting love will come about. Pray for strength for all those experiencing injustice around the world. Pray that the Glory of God becomes more evident in our world today!
I pray and ask earnestly that you, if called by God, join me in the fight to stop injustice around the world. I pray that all is done in obedience to, and for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Everyone who donates $10 or more will receive a bracelet made personally by a girl in Nepal who has been rescued from trafficking! You can check out the bracelet at this link: One Girl Bracelet and more about Tiny Hands International on their website, TinyHandsInternational.org.
Great Job Gabby!!