For the past several years, my family and I have been involved in a pretty cool project called Run for Compassion. Our friends, the Bacak's, put it on every year to raise money for Compassion International, specifically for children in Ghana. Check out what Compassion and my friend, Jenn, have to say:
Sponsoring children in need is breaking the cycle of poverty
Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training. Compassion International continues to get the highest ratings from Charity Navigator. Today, Compassion helps more than 1 million children in 25 countries.
You can. You and your whole family.
If you’re a runner, then you will enjoy this race. You will enjoy our clearly marked route with friendly route directors, and our race atmosphere. This year, we will have chip timing. And there will be prizes. Who doesn’t love prizes?
If you’re not a runner, here’s what I want you to know:
My slogan is RUN, WALK OR CRAWL FOR COMPASSION.
If you’ve never run before, you CAN do it! (See the Couch to 5K training schedule.)
But you’re welcome to walk, or even crawl, across the finish line. I’ll stay as long as it takes you to finish.
And I’ll cheer you on!
This is an event for everyone. And isn’t it time? It’s time for you to accomplish more than you thought you could. It’s time for you encourage others to do the same.
So start training! You might feel like you’re going to die…I know that feeling well…but I have been deeply changed by becoming a runner. Not just changed physically, but changed spiritually.
You will be too! Commit yourself and register today! You might be scared…a lot of us are when we start out…but if you are, this is the perfect event for you!
I hope you will register and come out on Saturday, April 14th to run with us and support Compassion as they care for the "least of these." We can't all take mission trips but we can all do simple things like run and support their cause in this way!