UPDATE: One sign of the great privilege I take for granted every day is the simple ability to choose. I made use of that privilege today as I chose to shift my goal race for this fundraising campaign from the Twin Cities Marathon to the Twin Cities 10 Mile, which is run on the same day. I've experienced some setbacks in my training including an ankle and knee injury, but what matters here is that again I have the ability to choose. Those who walk an average of 6 kilometers every day just to access water that may very well kill them obviously lack such an ability to choose. So I will re-double my efforts to train and run the best 10 mile race I can. I do so in solidarity with those who can't make the choices I can, in the hope that you'll partner with me by donating to give clean water to those who lack it. $50 means clean water for life for one person; won't you give today? Thank you!
2017 so far has been a year of much change as I've been learning how to follow Jesus in ways that I never did before. I've been a "Christian" most of my life, but it's only recently that I've found myself both able and willing to move toward beginning to give up some of my privilege and power so that I and my family can more faithfully follow Jesus. Part of this journey has led me to this moment in which suddenly I've found myself running with Team World Vision to help provide clean water for communities in Africa. I'm grateful to be doing so with my wife of 20 years, Kirsten. I know that not only can we do all things through Christ, but that we are stronger together. Gratefully, we're part of a faith community that we're also joining in this journey.
Speaking of journeys, I could talk a lot about my running journey since I started in 2009 and how it's happened in fits and starts as my weight has fluctuated greatly, but whatever successes or failures I've gone through in that time are very much rooted in the privileged world I inhabit. In the meantime, some people struggle to survive for lack of the most essential element of life, water.
Water is life, and there is a very real clean water crisis that demands our attention and every bit of the energy we can put to it. That's why I'm running my first marathon, and I invite you to join me in this journey.
$50 = clean water for 1 person.
Will you invest in the future and provide clean water for 1, 2, 3, or even more people in Africa? We can help change lives, together.
Thanks for your support!
World Vision provides more clean water than any nongovernment organization in the world. They work with communities around the world to help solve the puzzle of poverty -- providing things like clean water, nutritious food, education, medical care, economic opportunity, and spiritual development.