(by Mikayla Lewis for Fox 17 News)
Lindsey Yoder is only 14, but making strides to combat human trafficking by walking 300 miles to raise money for Hope for Justice.
“I watched the movie Priceless and it has a lot to do with human trafficking and it broke my heart to see that happening to men and women all around the world. So, I did a lot of praying.”
The teen says God told her to walk…and she did. Starting in her Illinois hometown to the Hope for Justice U.S. office in Nashville.
Co-founder of Hope for Justice and Christian music artist Natalie Grant surprised Yoder on the final leg.
Yoder did her part on Saturday by crossing that finish line and raising at least $34,000.
Ok you guys – this is 14 year old Lindsey Yoder, and she’s my new hero. She saw the movie “Priceless” and was heartbroken by the reality of human trafficking. But instead of just being horrified by something and then going back to her everyday life, Lindsey turned her feelings in to action. In an effort to raise money for @hopeforjusticeintl, she decided to walk 300 miles from her small hometown in Illinois to Nashville, TN – home to our US headquarters for Hope For Justice. She’s been walking since May 28th, and she will complete her 300 mile journey TOMORROW. She’s had physical setbacks, had to use crutches at one point – BUT SHE DIDN’T QUIT. What an example for us all. So in the remaining final hours of her journey, I’m hoping as many as possible will donate to her fundraising page. Let’s cheer and champion her by donating to the cause she’s walked 300 miles for. She’s putting feet to her faith. Literally. The link to give is in my profile or visit Facebook.com/walk4freedomnashville All of your donations are 100% tax deductible. And as a co-founder of Hope For Justice, I can tell you the organization puts their money where their mouth is, and they are doing the real work of rescuing and restoring victims of trafficking. And Lindsey – thank you for being such an incredible example of a true world changer. You’re my hero! Go girl!
Yesterday I told you about 14 year old Lindsey Yoder, who decided to walk 300 miles to raise money for @hopeforjusticeintl. Well, today I surprised her on the final stretch and walked the last mile with her. THIS. GIRL. I’m blown away. Wise beyond her years, she’s an absolute world changer. She didn’t wait for an invitation to change the world, she just went for it. She simply said yes to the God-nudge in her heart and as a result, is now impacting literally thousands of people. So proud of you Lindsey. So fun to surprise you and meet you today. Thx for being an example to us all. And thx to our nashville news CBS 5 and FOX 17 for covering the surprise today. Hey everyone – Lindsey’s fundraising page is still open for a bit more. Go and show this champion some love and support the cause. The link to give is in my profile. Or go to walk4freedom.com #justsayyes #nomoreslaves #hopeforjustice #endit