Who I’m Hiking For

This is a page dedicated to those organizations that I am attempting this fund raising thru-hike for. Please take a few moments to read through what each organization stands for and is committed to.

If you decide you would like to sponsor me financially on this adventure, please check the “How Can I Donate” page for easy directions on how you can donate. Seventy-five percent will go to Bombay Teen Challenge, while the other twenty-five percent will be donated to Life Without Limbs. If there is a specific ministry you’d like to donate to, please make of note of that. All contributions will be tax deductible. Thank you!

http://www.bombayteenchallenge.org

http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org

Bombay Teen Challenge

Life Without Limbs

3 Responses to Who I’m Hiking For

  1. thf2 says:

    A CLOSER LOOK: Bombay Teen Challenge

    In order to highlight each organization I’m sponsoring for this thru-hike, I’m posting a little something about each one. I encourage you to look further into each one by clicking the available links.

    This is taken from BTC’s website:
    “Since 1990, his (K.K. Devaraj) vision has grown and has become one of the largest ministries to the marginalized groups. K.K. Devaraj founded Bombay Teen Challenge and under its auspices provides services such as shelters for children of women used in prostitution and street children, a home for AIDS orphans, homes for daughters of prostituted women, feeding programs, medical care, HIV/AIDS clinic, rescue for drug addicted “street boys”, and homes for women who have been rescued from a life of enslavement to prostitution in the brothels. At Ashagram (translated, the Village of Hope), the women have an opportunity to start new lives in a protected environment of love, and receive education and job training in the hope that they can become productive members of society. Those that cannot move on because of psychological or physical trauma have a permanent home at Ashagram. Another near term plan includes a hospice for women and girls whose victimization by traffickers is costing them their very lives.”

    From me:
    I met K.K. Devaraj in November of 2008, when I was working as a videographer for Life Without Limbs. I won’t go into too much, except to say that this man is the real deal. What he is doing in Mumbai is nothing short of incredible. Just from the brief time I was there with him, I was beyond impressed and moved by this man’s devotion and tireless enthusiasm and energy to his mission. One afternoon we visited BTC’s shelter for children. These are children of the prostitutes working in the Red Light District (RLD). One child sat, tears streaming down her face, singing worship songs and praying. She was no more than 8. K.K. got into “Uncle” mode, and picked the girl up, just holding her close. After a few minutes, he sat her back down, and he and I walked outside. As he turned around, I saw tears running down his face, and he said, “Dug…I get to do this, EVERY DAY.” Later, we spent some time on the rooftop of his shelter for children, overlooking the Red Light District, and he told a story and mentioned a term I have had stuck in my head ever since: “spiritual discontent.” Knowing that there are women and children in the situations they are in right this very moment has been driving me to do something about it since my experience in the Red Light District. I have been to the Ashagram facility, and heard the testimonies of the women once trapped in sexual slavery. I’ve seen their smiles, and I’ve seen their tears as they shared. I’ve seen how this organization is changing lives. I’ve sometimes likened K.K. Devaraj as a cross between Mother Theresa and Rambo…but he’s far more than that. This man is extremely serious about what he is doing, and from someone who has seen firsthand what is being accomplished through Bombay Teen Challenge and his leadership, I wholeheartedly support his vision. I will be hiking for each one of the women and children being ministered to, both now and in years to come, by Bombay Teen Challenge .

    Please consider donating to my hike. 75% of the proceeds will go directly to Bombay Teen Challenge.

  2. thf2 says:

    A CLOSER LOOK: Life Without Limbs

    In order to highlight each organization I’m sponsoring for this thru-hike, I’m posting a little something about each one. I encourage you to look further into each one by clicking the available links.

    “A man stands before you today without arms and legs with a smile that you cannot argue with!” – Nick Vujicic, video, http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/about-nick

    This taken from Life Without Limbs website:
    “Meet Nick Vujicic, pronounced ‘Vooy-cheech’. Born in 1982 in Brisbane, Australia, without any medical explanation or warning, Nicholas Vujicic came into the world with neither arms nor legs. Imagine the shock his parents felt when they saw their first-born brand new baby boy for the first time, only to find he was what the world would consider imperfect and abnormal. A limbless son was not what nurse Dushka Vujicic, and her husband Pastor Boris Vujicic had been expecting. How would their son live a normal happy life? What could he ever do or become when living with such a massive disability? Little did they or anyone else know that this beautiful limbless baby would one day be someone who would inspire and motivate people from all walks of life. God uses Nick to touch lives and bring the hope of Jesus Christ to people across the globe.

    Throughout his childhood, Nick dealt not only with the typical challenges of school and adolescence such as bullying and self-esteem issues; but also struggled with depression and loneliness. He constantly questioned why he was different than all the other kids surrounding him; why he was the one born without arms and legs. He wondered what the purpose behind his life was, or if he even had a purpose. According to Nick, the victory over his struggles throughout his journey, as well as the strength and passion he has for life can be credited to his faith in God. His family, friends and the many people he has encountered along the way have also encouraged him.”

    From me:
    I met Nick for the first time in October, 2008, in Singapore. I was one of two videographers on board for the Singapore/India leg of the “Life Without Limbs World Tour.” I had heard about Nick before, but really knew nothing about him, and the next three+ weeks were an incredible whirlwind of experiences. I’ll just say this: A person could believe there is a God just by watching Nick go. The man has seemingly endless reserves of energy, and only a God-sized power source could resupply it every day, I kid you not. The man is amazing. I had heard stories of Nick having a spare 45 minutes between speaking engagements, and wanting to stop by a children’s home, youth prison, or orphanage for just a few minutes. I actually saw this happen. Yes, he gets tired. (Sorry, Nick, I didn’t mean to let the secret out)…but only just before his head is about to hit the pillow. His commitment to youth caught my heart especially. As a former youth pastor myself, seeing him interact and make time for as many kids as possible was inspiring. He always seems to have a good word for anyone. Once, as I was carrying him near a waterfall deep in India, he encouraged me: “Dug, by the way you carry me, I can tell you will be a good father someday. I mean that.” His tenderness towards people, and his genuine concern for everyone he comes across is a testament to who he finds strength in every day: Jesus Christ.

    His two organizations/ministries that he runs are “Life Without Limbs,” and “Attitude is Altitude.” His goal in life is to touch as many people as is possible, and encourage, inspire, and love each one.

    There’s more to say, but I’ll leave it here: As someone who has spent time on the road with Nick in both comfortable and not-so-comfortable environments, in dirt, heat, humidity, long days and potentially dangerous situations, I can attest to this mans character, integrity, and passion. That is why I chose Life Without Limbs as one of the two organizations to give to.

    Please consider donating to my hike. 25% of the proceeds will go directly to Life Without Limbs.

  3. Fatima Kashin says:

    Excellent cause! I really like the way you perceive things! Keep up!

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