Faith Digest

The first Stop Child Trafficking Now 5K, held last year, raised almost $25,000.

Stop Child Trafficking Now 5K


In Focus Church will hold its second annual Stop Child Trafficking Now 5K walk and run at 9 a.m. Sept. 22 at Jessye Norman Amphitheater, 836 Reynolds St.

Last year, more than 300 runners participated. About 400 are expected this year, said Regan Boudreaux, a Stop Child Trafficking Now community ambassador.

“It went really well. We raised almost $25,000 last year. Our initial goal was $10,000,” she said. “We were all blown away by the response and what happened.”

Church member Steve Matjasko will run 100 miles in the 24 hours leading up to the race. He’s expected to cross the finish line at about 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

After the race, Keisha Head, a trafficking survivor, will speak from the amphitheater.

“Trafificking isn’t something that just happens in third-world countries. This is happening in our state,” Boudreaux said.

Registration is $25. Children 12 and younger can register free. Learn more at

Steel Praisin’ in concert

Reid Arts presents Steel Praisin’ in concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way.

The steel-drum band from Winston-Salem, N.C., is led by professional percussionist Tom Peterson and is an outreach ministry of Friedberg Moravian Church.

The free concert is the first in this season’s Reid Arts series. A workshop for beginning pan drumming will be held earlier in the afternoon. Call (706) 733-2275 for more information.

Augusta Aglow meeting

September’s Augusta Aglow meeting features Wanda Barr, who will talk about her studies of the Bible, the Hebrew language and her experiences in Israel at Ariel University Center.

The meeting is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez. For more information, call (706) 925-7164 or see