Freedom Challenge 2017

The Freedom Challenge, a project of Operation Mobilization (OM) brings hope and transforms lives of women, men and children who are exploited, enslaved, and trafficked.

The Freedom Challenge’s objective is to stir compassion, action and advocacy for the issues of modern day slavery, exploitation and trafficking of women, men and children globally. We accomplish this by raising funds and awareness, supporting OM projects around the world focused on these issues. Our vision is to see one million oppressed women, men and children set on a path to freedom over the next ten years. 

In January 2012, 48 women from seven countries gathered in Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro—the world’s tallest free-standing mountain—and declare freedom for those denied it. Climbers from all over the world have continued in that mission. The Freedom Climb has held climbs in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, climbed to the base camp of Mt. Everest (Nepal) and, in August 2016, Fernie, BC. In 2017, men and women will gather in Sudbury, Ontario for three days, two spent hiking in the Canadian Shield and learning of OM’s anti-trafficking initiatives. 

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” Proverbs 31: 8-9 NLT

Thinking of joining us? There will be two 4–5 hour moderately strenuous hikes in the beautiful Canadian Shield. You will learn more of OM’s anti-trafficking initiatives in the evenings and on Sunday morning. Climbers will be taken by bus to the base of  the hikes. 

Schedule

Thursday August 17: Registration 4–6 pm; dinner at 6 pm, 7 pm Welcome and information about anti-trafficking initiatives

Friday August 18: Cup and Saucer hike (4 hours) along the Manitoulin Extension of the Niagara Escarpment with 70 metre cliffs. After the hike, we will visit Bridal Veil Falls.

Saturday August 19: A 4-5 hour hike along the La Cloche Mountain Range in Killarney Park. 

You are also invited to join a prayer team during the hikes that will support hikers and OM projects in prayer. The event fee for hikers and the prayer team is $600. Hikers will also be asked to raise at least $2000 for OM’s anti-trafficking projects.

For inquiries contact: freedom.ca@om.org

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Forever Changed
By Denise Heppner a Freedom Climber

Looking up to the peak of the mountain was daunting. My breath came in heavy gasps, my legs cement pillars protesting each step. More intense than that pain was the heartache for the women and children I was climbing for: Beautiful people, children of God, trapped in horrible circumstances—the nightmare of the sex trade where darkness, despair, and pain rule. But how could I make a difference? Pausing on the mountainside, a sharp intake of breath (“Yah”) and its exhalation (“weh”) reminded me that with every breath I breathed God’s holy name: “Yahweh”. Through the Freedom Climb Fernie, I had the joy of helping to bring love, light, and hope to those who are suffering! 

The Freedom Climb (now Freedom Challenge) has challenged, stretched and changed me. Women around the world come together to climb mountains and bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking, raising funds for projects in prevention, rescue, and rehabilitation. It’s a sacrifice of time, energy and vulnerability. However, the love and support from family, friends and even strangers is part of the incredible Freedom Climb/Challenge journey and makes a huge difference in the lives of others. Every step on the mountain leads to freedom and empowerment. God has created in me a passion and drive to continue helping others in need. I have been forever changed.