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I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,

I was a stranger and you invited me in." - Matthew 25:35

 

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If not you Jon, then who?

 

The words below are from Jon Andrews prior to completing two 5ks on one Saturday morning in November. Jon is a youth pastor in northern Indiana.

"I am spending some time the last few days wondering why? 

Why would God pick a guy who in his 41 years of life had never run more than a mile at one time in his life, to sign up and train to run 6.2 miles in one morning and when this all started in July could only run from one phone pole to next then walk for the next 1/2 mile. Let alone a guy that weighed 347 pounds.


Why did God place a passion for those that are hungry in his community in someone who has never truly been hungry? A little known fact 1 out of 8 people in Elkhart County are in danger of going hungry today. 

Why place a burden in the belly of a guy from small town Indiana for victims of sex-trafficking? Did you know that more people are enslaved today then when slavery was legal in the U.S. ? 

The fact that really is etched into my inner most being is that of the 3 year old little girl who is trafficked because some cultures believe that sex with a virgin will cure aids and s.t.d.'s. The little girls are then stitched up and sold over and over again. Until they themselves are infected with one of the death sentences themselves.

Here is why! 

Because if God chooses the most unlikely candidate to do something and it gets done only He can get the glory. I was reminded specifically of Moses. Who God chose to do His speaking despite the fact the he had speech problem. So tomorrow if I can run 6.2 miles without walking it is and can only be a God thing and he will get and deserve all the credit. I have never run more than 4 miles, and had never done that until Tuesday.

Why a passion for the hungry of my community? Maybe it's precisely because I have never been "hungry." I was blessed to have been born in a family that was born in a country that has never felt hunger pains that have kept me from sleeping. I have never had to not eat so that my kids would have something. I have never had to tell my kids that there was nothing to eat as I listen to the stomachs growl. I know this that if I had ever been hungry and God had called some unlikely person to go for a little run and collect pledges so that my family could eat, I would want him too follow God's call.

Why sex trafficking? Why not? I remember the night I first was burdened by trafficking. I could not sleep! I spent time with God that night. He said this to me in an almost audible voice "Jon, you have 2 choices. You can either go on with life as usual thinking 'that is too bad' or you can actually do something about it." The thought of any of my children having to endure that death sentence made me realize that I was going to do something about it! If we can save just ONE child from this HELL then l can state everything that my body will go through for a couple of days will be worth it. 

With your help we can do something.

Many of you have asked me the question "What can I do? I am just one person" There is a famous quote that goes something like this.."All it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to stand by and do nothing." This is the time will you stand by and do NOTHING or will you stand with me and do SOMETHING?"

- Jon Andrews  

 

 

 

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