Saturday, October 10, 2009

Run 4 Revolution

My husband and I believe in making a difference in the lives of others. That is one of the many reasons we support Run 4 Revolution. I know I just posted about our support for Operation Smile but Run 4 Revolution is such a worthy and important cause ... I felt in my heart that I needed to share this with any who may read this blog.

So what is a revolution....
Derived from the Latin word "revolutio", revolution means "a turn around".

Our daughter, Lindsey, is very passionate about the fight against human trafficking and she has had an ache in her heart for YEARS, for innocent children (over a million of them) all over the world who fall victim to sex trafficking - children who are ripped from their homes and sold into prostitution, some as young as four years old!.

Lindsey has educated herself about human trafficking and her heart and soul has been on fire to do something ... to raise awareness and to fight to protect innocent children that fall victim to human trafficking. She, along with her friend LIndy who is a missionary in Kenya, have joined to make a team to raise funds to fight this horrible crime. How are they doing this? They are running for the cause ... Run 4 Revolution.

So, Lindsey and Lindy are starting, what they hope, will be a monster of an organization that works like a worldwide track club where members sign up to run races and raise money for the International Justice Mission's effort with human trafficking under the banner of Run 4 Revolution. If you have not heard of the International Justice Mission, please take some time to check them out.

Lindsey is 8 months pregnant with her second child, Adalei. The two will be running the Ardmore 5K in Winston Salem on October 17th to raise money for this great cause. Want to learn more? Check out her site at:

In the meantime, some other ways you can help...

~Educate yourselves on human trafficking
~Read books on human trafficking. I recommend "Terrify No More" by Gary Haugen
~Pray about joining R4R

We support this cause 100%, in fact, we will match every donation made for Run 4 Revolution up to $100 per person. Contact Lindsey at: to make your donation or visit her blog at:

You can also check out Run 4 Revolution site at:

Run 4 Revolution is a worldwide running club that, through its members, creates awareness and helps fund the fight against the violence that steals dignity and health from children trafficked into forced prostitution. Human trafficking is the world’s third largest criminal enterprise–just after drugs and weapons. There are nearly two million children, worldwide, who have been forced into the commercial sex trade. This is an industry that is based solely on force, coercion and exploitation–an industry that profits $32 billion annually from rape. This is an industry that WE are doing our part to see crippled–brought to its knees with your support.

All donations received and money earned by Run 4 Revolution go directly to fund International Justice Mission. The International Justice Mission fights to secure the protection of the law for trafficked women and children. Human trafficking will continue as long as it is a profitable criminal enterprise. By working to free victims and prosecuting the criminals benefiting from this industry, IJM operations actively increase the risk and decrease the profitability of trafficking.

Help us in making a difference in the lives of millions of innocent children!

Thank you for your interest and support for this great cause.

"Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!"
-- Anne Frank (1929-1945), Jewish Refugee and Diarist

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Help Create A Smile

A smile is universal in meaning . . . and it is pretty contagious! But what about children who cannot smile? Those who find it difficult to even speak or eat?

I want to share with you about something that is very dear to our hearts ... helping children through Operation Smile.

Recording the faces of children and their families is our greatest pleasure. That’s why we believe so strongly in the work of Operation Smile. Each year this incredible organization of more than 6,000 volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists, and specialized health-care professionals, perform free reconstructive surgeries for children suffering with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. More than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity each year in Operation Smile’s 26 partner countries.
This October our photography business, Autumn Song, will participate with an elite group of photographers around the country in a very special family portrait promotion. Throughout October we will celebrate “Family Portrait Month,” a wonderful opportunity for you to update your family portrait (or portraits of your children), and help to support Operation Smile, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Along with other studio members of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), we have pledged to contribute a portion from each session to PPA Charities, which has chosen Operation Smile as its charitable partner.

We hope you will join with us in helping to make this vital work possible. Don’t forget that the holiday season is right around the corner, so there’s no better time for a family portrait, which is always appreciated as gifts for family and friends and to send along with holiday greeting cards.

A smile is universal in meaning . . . and it is pretty contagious! But what about children who cannot smile? Those who find it difficult to even speak or eat? Now is your chance to give them a smile. Participate in Family Portrait Month and make a difference! For further information or to schedule a portrait session email us at or call 336-475-6457.
To find out more about Family Portrait Month visit our website at:

If you are not interested in family portraits but would like to make a difference by contributing to Operation Smile you can do so by visiting their website at:

"There is more happiness in giving
than in receiving."
Acts, 20:35