Hello Refresh ladies,
This year—2022—is a BIG year for me!
I will celebrate 10 years cancer free, AND I’m turning 60. Both call for a BIG celebration, and I am throwing my own PARTY with an event called “STEPS OF HOPE.”
For Steps of Hope, I will be walking 60-miles- 20 miles a day, over 3 days (Sept 8th, 9th, & 10th) to raise money for Serving Orphans Worldwide and our Refresh Team Hope. YOU are invited to join me in making a difference in these two ministries that I am very passionate about. Learn more about these ministries here.
There are many ways you can get involved! You can sign up to be a single day walker, a two day walker, or complete all three days with me! If you don’t want to walk, but would still like to support these ministries, there are plenty of opportunities to do that, too. No matter what you choose to do, know that you are making an impact for the Kingdom both locally and globally!
I am so excited to go on this journey with you all! Below are the levels at which you can get involved. Scroll further down to learn more about the ministries we are supporting through this walk and why they mean so much to me!
BEFORE YOU SIGN UP TO WALK: First consider your current condition, consult with your doctor, and add a training schedule walk to your weekly calendar. Walking 60 miles requires preparation! Fill out your release form here.
All participants will receive a weekly email with walking tips, location of group training opportunities, and encouragement to help you stay on track.
Business & Individual Sponsors will be recognized with signage and social media shout outs. Contact Gina (Gina@roseheights.org) or (903-372-3234) for more info.
Monday, March 21st is Gina’s 60th birthday AND it will be the KICK-OFF Party for the 60-mile training schedule! NO GIFTS PLEASE! Just wear your good walking shoes! Come, walk & go anytime between 4 PM & 6 PM at the Rose Heights CLC.
GOALS AND TIPS FOR STEPS OF HOPE TRAINING:
Must be able to walk comfortably for 8 miles on your long day, and 4 miles three days a week.
Must be able to commit to one long day per week, walking continuously for 2-6 hours.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Walk four miles. You can mix up the kind of walk you enjoy, building both speed and endurance.
Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday: You can still enjoy a leisurely stroll or other exercises, but these aren’t training days.
Saturday: Build mileage with a long slow distance walk. Goal is to steady slower pace distance walking.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: Walk four miles. You can mix up the kind of walk you enjoy, building both speed and endurance.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: You can still enjoy a leisurely stroll or other exercises, but these aren’t training days.
Sunday: Build mileage with a long slow distance walk. Goal is to steady slower pace distance walking.
You may vary the exact days of the week, but you should take a day off between each walking day or take just an easy walk on that off day. Your longest training day should be three to four weeks before STEPS OF HOPE. Then you will taper back mileage as we approach the walk. On the final week before Steps of Hope, walk 2-4 miles every other day so you will fully be refreshed and energized before participating! Check your emails weekly to stay on track.
Three years ago, we launched Refresh Team Hope as an outreach to women who were trapped in shame and homelessness. Once a month Team Hope went out to pray and connect with women that God led us to on the street. Over and over, we have seen Him lead us to the one who needed to hear God loved her.
Through covid, Team Hope struggled with direction and how to continue. But we kept praying. Last Feb through the snow-magedon, God positioned us to be able to network and collaborate with local organizations who came together in our community during that time. Today, a year later, we now are providing practical help such as food, transportation, lifesaving supplies, and so much more all while sharing and showing the love of Jesus. We’re ministering to and supporting women who are doing the work to change their lives, and we are seeing dignity and honored restored.
SERVING ORPHANS WORLDWIDE
Serving Orphans Worldwide has been part of our Refresh Conference since 2017. Refresh girls already love the work of SOW and for the last 5 years we have been part of making a huge impact globally in orphan care though our partnership with SOW. If you know Gina, you already know orphan care is very close to her heart.
Gina is walking for TEAM HOPE and SERVING ORPHANS WORLDWIDE because she is PASSIONATE ABOUT THEIR WORK.