Ben Houston Ride for Freedom: Day 7

Oct 13 2013

Distance: 106 kms
Average speed: 31.7 km/h
Max speed: 56 km/h
Average H/R: 126 bpm
Max H/R: 166 bpm
Ascent: 1036 m
Calories: 1760
Total Distance: 761 kms

I can’t believe we are in Germany now. We have just completed day seven of our A21 Freedom Challenge. Today we travelled through three different countries, Austria, Italy and Germany.

The weather was crazy today and I was so grumpy all morning. I have never been this sore in all my life. Plus I am so tired, it was absolutely freezing, and I miss my girls like crazy.

When it came to getting ready I could not bring myself to get changed. We were in a small little town and every now and then you would see a break in the clouds and the majestic mountain peaks soaring high above. To think we had to get ourselves around and over those again was haunting.

The ride was long and hard today. It was by far the quietest ride so far. No one wanted to speak and I think a couple people may have lashed out with fire like a dragon if provoked.

But the heart of the team was shown early in the day when we came across a car stuck in the snow. Without a second thought the boys jumped to action and helped push the car back on to the road. It would have been quite strange for the poor guy in the car, out of nowhere eight guys in black appear out of the snow to push him and then disappear in a blink of an eye.

We eventually got to Munich and rode right into the heart of the city. It was like arriving into a Disney movie with the most spectacular castle looking buildings.

If I am to be honest, I could easily pack up and go home right now. Even writing this blog is a drag at the moment. But this is what this Freedom Challenge is all about.

Ben Houston A21 Freedom Challenge: Hillsong Collected
Ben Houston A21 Freedom Challenge: Hillsong Collected
Ben Houston A21 Freedom Challenge: Hillsong Collected

I am doing this by choice (semi-begrudging choice). If I really wanted to I could choose to sit it out. If I really wanted to I could go home to my family and loved ones. But for the 27 million out there trapped in slavery this is not an option.

Jany was trafficked from Bulgaria at the age of 15 and forced to work here in Germany as a sex slave for six years. Six years of unthinkable violence, abuse and suffering. Approximately 2,200 days of unrelenting torture. Local police eventually rescued her in a raid and immediately called A21 to help bring restoration to her life. After time in the A21 shelter in Greece and the transition home in Bulgaria, she was successfully reunited with her family.

Scripture teaches us in Galatians 6 to not grow weary or tired in doing good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up. It goes on to say that whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good for others – for everyone. I am believing for a harvest of freedom in our world. But we as The Church must not get tired or weary of fighting for the people who are unable to fight alone.

It has been seven tough days on the bike here in Europe, but there is not even a slight comparison to what Jany went through each day. And for Jany it was thousands of days!

Pray for us as we continue across Europe to London, but more so please pray for all those out there like Jany. We declare freedom in the mighty name of Jesus.

Much love,


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