When Moriah’s youth pastor told the youth group that some missionaries wait months, even years, before getting their first vehicle, Moriah wanted to do something about it.
“It’s crazy to me that someone would move halfway across the world and have to wait that long before getting a car to reach people they want to minister to,” says Moriah, age 14.
Her youth pastor, Danny Wilson of Bethel Assembly in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, challenged the students to come up with ways to raise money for missionaries — “because they’re the heroes of our faith,” Moriah says. “Since God gave me the gift of gymnastics, I decided to give glory to God and raise money for missionaries at the same time. I decided to try to do 1,000 cartwheels in a day. My plan was to do this at the end of the summer.”
But before the summer was over, Moriah’s father passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart attack. Her world was turned upside down, and she had a decision to make: Would she follow through?
“My dad was a youth pastor for a while, and he always had a heart for missions, so I knew he would still want me to do it. I decided not only was I going to do the challenge, I was going to work even harder to raise more money to do it in honor of his memory.”
Her initial goal was to do 1,000 cartwheels and raise $1,000. This spring, Moriah completed 2,019 cartwheels in 4.5 hours and raised over $4,000.
Inspired by Moriah’s dedication, her brother Seth set out with a goal of his own. “I’m the goalie for my soccer team, and my goal was to block 1,000 shots.”
To make the challenge even more difficult, he blocked 1,000 shots from the Southeast Missouri State Lady Redhawks.
“My goal was to raise at least $2,000, but I ended up raising over $4,000, just like my sister,” Seth says.
Moriah and Seth raised this money through Speed the Light, a student ministry of the AG that speeds the light of the gospel to a world in darkness by providing missionaries with means of communication and transportation — whether that’s cars, motorcycles, buses, boats or donkeys.
“I couldn’t be prouder of Moriah and Seth,” says youth pastor Danny Wilson. “They took a situation that could have crushed them and they turned it around. There are people all over the world now that will hear the gospel of Jesus because these siblings refused to allow hurt and disappointment to rule their lives.”