Good morning from Phil and family. Steps of Justice, the non profit we run, seeks to serve people in a number of ways, fitness is just one of them. In June, I am preparing to lead a small team to Cambodia for a 10- day short-term mission trip to work with a few non-profits, learning, serving, and sharing the love of Jesus. As part of the mission trip, our coaches have been invited to help run a CrossFit camp in partnership with Agape International Mission (AIM).

Steps of Justice has been leading teams to Cambodia for over 11 years. These trips are to learn, serve, and partner with different non profits and organizations who are making a difference in people’s lives by serving the most vulnerable populations of Cambodia. We have not been back to Cambodia since before COVID, so we are so excited to return in a few months.

Time in Cambodia

While in Cambodia our coaches, along with a few others, will be running a three-day CrossFit camp, similar to the one we will be running here the week before. We will train local kids and youth in the community in fitness and nutrition. The camp will be held at The Lords Gym. More information about the gym where we will be serving can be found here, The Lords Gym. We are trying to raise money for the trip and the camp, and we have come up with a great idea, which involves our local community and your kids and teens.

Our teen program in Kalispell. Currently, we are serving approx. 80 kids and teens

During the month of April, we are running an old fashioned Jump-A-Thon to raise funds for the trip. Here is how it will work. Your kids will get people to pledge to give money for each jump rope they do in the month of April. It can be $.10 or $.50 a jump, and they can cap how much they give at any amount. Our goal is to raise $4000 in the month of April, 100% of which will go towards the trip. We will be talking to your kids about it over the next week or so, and getting them information and sponsor sheets, like the one attached to this email. 

We will get you to sign off each week for accountability on how many jump ropes they do. They can ask friends, family, teachers or even us coaches to donate to the Jump-A-Thon. We will have a running tally at the gym too, so that the kids can see how much is being raised, and how much work they have done. Each athlete who gets 10 sponsors, and at least $100 in pledges will receive a shirt from the camp in Cambodia.

If you are interested in helping with this, Abby and Eliza are both jumping rope to raise money for this trip. I am attaching the information here, let me know if you are wanting to help. 206-550-2594 or


Campaign Pledge Sheet

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Today I was looking at this blog, as I needed to send a bio to my good friend Sheri and figured I’d take it off of my site here. I realized that the bio hasn’t been updated in 12 years, hmm, time to change that. In doing that, I realized I haven’t posted in over a year, so here I am again. Looking forward to processing on here, my thoughts and movings from the Spirit and those around me.


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Hey friends, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all. It has been an incredible year, even in the midst of a global pandemic. We wanted to give you an idea of what we, Steps of Justice do as a non profit. Steps of Justice was founded on the belief that there is always something we can do in response to injustice, like poverty, homelessness and teen suicide to name a few.  We started by making awareness of some of these injustices, and then providing ways that regular people, like you and me, can bring change. 

One of the ways we do this is through trips. Phil has been taking teams over to Cambodia for the past 12 years, working alongside local Cambodians serving low income communities. We have been a part of house builds for the poor, water well projects and lots and lots of kids programs, talking about Jesus, sanitation and healthcare. We do this alongside local Cambodians, who are heavily invested in serving these communities. This year, through giving Tuesday, we were able to provide money for a Christmas party for the kids in one of the communities we work in, photo below. We will be taking a team back to Cambodia this June, you are welcome to join if you have interest. We will be working with local non profits, serving low income communities. Info is on our web site,

Another thing we are a part of is serving the refugee community in San Diego, specifically the Syrian and Afghan communities. The injustice towards these communities from their own people is devastating, and many of them have come to the USA, specifically San Diego. Each year we have thrown a Christmas party for the refugee community, getting presents to all the kids, and gift cards for groceries to the moms and dads. This year, thanks to generous people like you, we were able to purchase gifts for Afghan kids for Christmas who have had to flee their country over the past months due to Taliban takeover. We do this to show Gods love to them, no strings attached. 

Finally, the kids and teens program. We are so honored to be able to serve teens and kiddos in Kalispell and Bigfork through this program. Some parents have asked how we have so much patience with all the kids that are coming. Well, in short, we feel invested in this program, and we see the value of it in the lives of kids, not just in the physical, but also in the emotional and mental. We see kids becoming strong leaders in the community, as they continue to grow in discipline, perseverance and the love of hard work. We see what will be, not just what is currently happening. This, and the fact that all of the kids coming are remarkable, which makes this program a success. 

Thank you for your investment in all of this, we pray you feel ownership in it. Your donations and prayers for us make all the above things possible, and your generosity goes far beyond what we can see with our own eyes. We pray you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Merry Christmas,

Phil, Amy and the Steps of Justice Team. 

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Since quarantine began I have been running family fitness classes 2-3 days a week. I have been pursuing fitness for just over 15 months now, not because I like getting muscles (well, I kind of do), but because what I see it doing in my life and those around me who are pursuing fitness. Group fitness, specifically functional fitness, like CrossFit, produce vulnerability in people, which produces community.

This works because whey you are on the floor beside someone, trying to do your next push up, sweating and sore, it reveals a weakness. It reveals a weakness not that you are ashamed of, but that you want to overcome, without shame. When others see your weakness, or when you see theirs, it breaks down barriers and creates commonality. When this happens, I feel like I see in me, and others a place of connection, trust and community.

I have been running these family workouts, on Zoom, for the past two months, and love it. Three times a week we have 12-15 people on the screen, doing physical activity together. Kids, moms, dads all doing the same thing, and in many areas, the kids destroying the parents, which I love. I see this as a way of building strength (physically and socially) in families. I see it as a way of connection with kids and parents, and I see it as community building.

I would love to have you join us. We are on Zoom, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3:30pm- 4:15. Its free, it works and its fun, well not always fun, but worth it. Email me at to get in on it.


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In August of 2018 I started a journey with 120 (give or take) students from over 15 countries in the City Heights area of San Diego. City Heights is known for its diversity, poverty and culture. I have worked in this area of the city for the past three years, and I have learned more than I have ever taught. This community has formed me in my faith, my understanding of people and my belief in humanity.

Now, 10 months later, the year is coming to an end. Tonight, three students will graduate from the high school I am at, the first graduating class from City Heights Prep school. Yesterday we celebrated our 8th grade promotion, pictured above, which was also an amazing accomplishment for many of these students who come from broken, and disadvantaged homes.

I have seen students rise above their circumstances and achieve greatness. I have seen students push back on the cards that were dealt them, and win in so many areas of life. There is something special that happens when people believe in you and give you the motivation and the opportunity to succeed. Students in the worst of circumstances will rise up and become great when encouraged and pushed by someone who can see the other side and that getting there is possible.

I am proud of our students, and excited to see our three seniors walk the stage tonight to receive their high school graduation diploma.

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