Some of you may remember that 2 years ago I did my first Half Marathon. My “goal” was to dribble a half before I was 30, and I accomplished that with 2 days to spare. It was by the grace of God I accomplished that task, and thankfully He provided some great helpers to encourage me. Ashley Ten Kate ran this Half with me and motivated me to do my best and I had a great group of friends there cheering me on. I needed it. This Half was in Queens and it looped around itself and when you passed Mile 2, you saw the sign for Mile 9, and I can tell you that is a bit discouraging. Regardless, I kept thinking “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me”.
This year I got into the NYC Half through the lottery. I’ll say, I was a bit surprised, but I know the Lord has a plan for me. I also know that it will once again be by His grace that I finish. Ever since my last race, I have wanted to run for Empower-A-Child, the organization that I had the privilege of working with when I went to Uganda in 2008. On March 18th, I plan to to run in honor of EAC.
EAC “seeks to bring confidence and sustainability to orphaned and vulnerable children of East Africa by teaching them modern skills, giving them the opportunity of education, and enlightening through the word of God”. My life was truly changed by this trip to Uganda and I was inspired to see this group of people, all who were younger than me and most who were Uganda natives, who wanted to make a change in their communities and share God’s love with children who were hurting, abandoned and forgotten. I am so grateful that God led me there and showed me how He can use individuals to make differences for His kingdom in their own backyard or around the world.
Please pray for me as I train for this race, that I stay focused and remember the purpose of dribbling. Please pray for Empower A Child and all they are doing in East Africa for the children there, take a few moments to check out their website and see what projects they have going on. Finally, please pray for the children of East Africa many of whom have been abandoned and forgotten due to the AIDS epidemic. Pray that they learn how precious they are in God’s eyes and that they are worth something.
All support raised from this race goes directly to Empower A Child. If you feel led, please donate via PayPal or check to:Ball for Lives 395 Park Avenue Fairview, NJ 07022
Thank you for your kindness and love,