Edmond Pastor Runs To Fight Human Trafficking
EDMOND, Oklahoma - Early each morning, Pastor Terry Cuthbertson laces his running shoes and hits the pavement.
"I've been getting up every morning at 4 a.m. and walking for two hours," Cuthbertson said. "And then in the evening, I walk another five miles. And on days it's sunny, my kids come out too."
Cuthbertson is the kids and family pastor at Spring Creek Assembly of God in Edmond. He is taking on a huge fundraising effort by running 1,000 miles in 100 days.
"When you tell people you're going to walk 1,000 miles, they look at you like you're a crazy person," he said. "Which is a correct way of looking at a person who says they're going to walk 1,000 miles in 100 days. That is insane. So make sure God has told you to do it because it's been a really hard walk."
Cuthbertson is running to raise $12,000 for Happy Horizons Children's Ranch in the Philippines. It's a safe house for victims of sex trafficking and abandoned children. Cuthbertson says the money he is pledging to donate will run their program's school for an entire year.
"We can't ignore what's going on with human trafficking. It's disgusting. It's a plague," Cuthbertson said. "I mean, we've got to do something. I might [not be able to] go to the Philippines to do anything, but I can do something here."
Dozens of people have sponsored miles for Cuthbertson from big corporations all the way to his dentist. But his biggest supporters are his family who often walk with him.
"I ran the whole way, and I beat him," said Ayla Cuthbertson, Cuthbertson's 5-year-old daughter.
Fighting through soreness, ached and shin splints, Cuthbertson keeps pressing toward his mark.
"It's those moments that you're walking, and you are kind of doubting, $12,000 is a lot of money to try to raise," he said. "But I know if I'm obedient, God will come through on this."
Cuthbertson, who started running on Feb. 12, is already at 300 miles. He plans to reach his goal of 1,000 miles by May 22. On his 33rd birthday on March 9, he walked 33 miles alone.
If you would like to support Cuthbertson's cause, you can contact him at his church Spring Creek Assembly of God at 405-341-5200or 1600 SE 15th Street Edmond, OK 73013 or by email at email@example.com