Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 in Your Stories | No Comments

When I started running a year ago I did it because I thought it would be fun. The “fun” lasted for literally four minutes before I was huffing and puffing, wondering why anyone would want to be a runner. My running career was filled with frustration, disappointment and boredom. I was ready to quit, but then I found World Vision. World Vision is an organization that brings aide to poor countries. The team I got connected with focused specifically on raising money for clean water in Africa. When I began hearing the stats like, “1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease” or ones that talked about how we could end the water crisis in our world if we have what we didn’t need financially, or about how children aren’t going to school because they have to walk miles every day carrying 40 pound jugs of unsanitary water…I was changed. I had found purpose. When I would go for a run and my legs would hurt, I would be out of breath, it was raining, it was too hot, too cold, I had a long day – a picture of a child gathering water from the same pond that animals spend their days in, I would somehow find the energy and motivation to keep going. I began spreading the word and asking others to help raise money. By the grace of God I raised almost $1,000 in just 4 short months. God had given me the means to find my purpose for running. I am a runner, but I don’t enjoy running. However, I keep moving. When I run I will think of the children and I won’t stop moving until the water crisis is over.

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