We were running on behalf of my church, The Rock of KC for an organization called For the Silent. For the Silent wars against human trafficking: the illegal sale of men, women and children for exploitation. It is modern day slavery. It is heinous. It is happening.
Did you see the movie “Taken”?
Number of kids sold into sex slavery every minute in this world? 2
Number of miles in the Kansas City Marathon: 26.2
Number of girls on my running relay team: 5
Number of people who I saw hurl in front of me while we were running the race: 1. Ew and ick. That’s just wrong.
Number of hours I had to wait with total strangers on a cold street corner before I got to run? 2.5 (torture)
Number of times I used the porta-potty as I waited my turn to run: 4 (overactive bowel syndrome???? haha)
Number of miles I ran: 6.7 miles: the perfect distance. Not too far. Not too short.
Number of crimes more profitable than sex trafficking: only 1. Drug trafficking.
Number of people in my church who Ran For the Silent: Over 100
Number of steps I walked in the race: 0
Number of rhinestones I glued to my shirt? Uh….I dont feel like counting them! But it was stinkin’ cute!
Number of rhinestones Shauna would have glued to her shirt if we wouldn’t have stopped her: 6,517. Or more. This girl likes her bling. And clearly she likes to run. She ran an extra 4 mile leg after her leg “just for fun”.
Number of times I must have combed my hair before I bedazzled my shirt: clearly zero.
Number of miles I have ran so far this year: 305
Number of pounds I would gain if I didn’t run that much: oooooh ….let’s not go there.
Number of glues we had to try before we discovered which one kept rhinestones on: none. My friend Becky (the leader of of our team) knew all of the glue tricks! And by the way turns out to be one heck of a runner! Thank you so much Becky for putting this team together! I’m looking forward to more races with you in the future!
Number of years old the average sex slave is: 13 years old.
Number of races my husband has come to to watch me run in: Every one of them. Thanks baby!
Number of men I saw running the marathon in a superhero costume and bikini underwear: 1 (but I will spare you the picture)
Number of headbands our team purchased before we finally selected the ones we each wore: 10
Number of children who have been forced into sex trafficking in this world: 1.2 million
Number of sex slaves who are AMERICAN children: 300,000!
Number of miles this girl has ever ran before this year? None, but she’s now ran in 3 races this year….Laura I am sooooo proud of you! You are truly FABULOUS AT 40!
Number of children sold, manipulated or stolen into sex slavery EVERY MINUTE: 2
Number of safe houses in the US right now for women and children brought out of sex trafficking? 5…only 5! For the Silent is building a new safe house right now in Texas.
If you or someone you know is interested in supporting this worthy organization or please go here. They could use your prayers and financial support.