We were overwhelmed on our first evening at the Freedom Climb 7 Summits gathering of 70 courageous women climbers by a 13 year old amazing young Canadian girl, Rhiannon Bowes. When she was 11 she was inspired by former and current Freedom Climber Denise Heppner. At the tender age of 11 her heart was broken by stories of trafficked and enslaved girls for which Freedom Climb is raising funds to help bring restoration while also focusing on prevention. She was motivated to do something and prayed for ideas to raise $1900 to help restore one girl. Thru a lot of work and creativity and support from her parents she raised $3800 to help two girls. This year she decided again to make a difference in one life and raised an additional $1900 amid a very busy schedule.
On Sunday Rhiannon and her mom participated in the 7 Summits acclimation climb. What a beautiful picture of a mother and daughter climbing together to represent the climb to freedom of so many exploited, enslaved, oppressed and trafficked women and children around the world. They demonstrate so clearly that it doesn’t matter how old you are or how equipped you are, you can awaken your community to the needs and even more help overcome the atrocities of this world. As God has created us individually, so we can make a difference one individual at a time.
Today the climbers tackled their first full day of climbing, leaving at 4:30AM in four teams. A prayer team of 9 women began the day worshiping our great and almighty God. They then prayed for each climber, spent time focusing on the women role-models in the Bible and then the challenges in our world. Each climber carries 10 first names and the country they are from of women or children being helped by an OM project. These names are printed on butterflies to represent the transforming power of God and the climbers will be praying for these names as they go along each day.
The Freedom Climb’s objective is to stir compassion, action, and advocacy on the issues of modern day slavery, exploitation and trafficking of women and children globally. We accomplish this by raising funds and awareness to support OM projects around the world focused on these issues.
It isn’t necessary to climb mountains to get involved! You can be a voice for the voiceless by raising funds and awareness. Anyone can do it! Let us help you get started.