BACKPACKING MISSIONARY — Troy native and Obion County Central High School graduate Savannah London has plans to step away from her position as a national event specialist for Varsity Spirit in Memphis and sell most of her possessions to follow what God has called her to do. She’ll be taking part in the World Race, a multi-denominational Christian backpacking mission trip which will take her through 11 countries in 11 months. Ms. London will be teaching English, ministering to sex trafficking victims, building churches and bringing food and water to villages, all while sharing the gospel. A “Run With Purpose” 5K has been slated in Troy for Sept. 15 to raise part of the more than $18,000 it will cost for her to participate in the endeavor. For more information about the World Race, the Run With Purpose or how to help, contact Ms. London at

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