Katy-area mom Kelly Isenberger and other members of Kingsland Baptist Church spent two weeks this summer in South Asia to serve young girls who are learning what it means to be free.


"I love those girls - they're our girls and they don't have families," said Isenberger, whose church financially supports a residential home where the children live. "A lot of the girls go to school or take dance class. It's beautiful to know their story and what they've been through, and then to watch them live life and be girls and see them laugh and play."


The girls' story is one of tragedy and heartbreak caused by modern-day slavery, the practice of trafficking and selling young girls for physical labor and sexual exploitation. Asian girls as young as 10 who had been tricked or taken from their families to live and work with strangers have been rescued and remain in an anonymous "safe home" where they attempt to regain their childhood and innocence.


Kingsland Baptist members like Isenberger are doing what they can to support the home for the girls and make the community more aware that slavery is not a practice of the past.

For the second consecutive year, Kingsland is hosting its "Just Run for a Just Cause" fundraising run and walk to raise money for victims of human trafficking. This year's event is set for Sept. 17 and will include a 5K like last year and an added 10K.


The 5K and 10K will start at 8 a.m. and a one- mile family run/walk will start at 8:10 a.m. at the church, 20555 Kingsland Blvd.


The cost to participate is $25 per runner for the 5K and 10K, and $25 per family plus $5 per family member for the family run/walk. Early arrival is necessary for timing chip pickup.

"It's a lot of planning and hard work by so many people, but it's all for the girls," said Isenberger, who is race coordinator both years. . . (read the full story at www.chron.com)

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