David Franco wrote -
I took a deep breath and turned left into N. Rufe Snow Dr. in Keller, TX. My pace slowed down as I noticed the lights of Keller HS’s stadium, home of the Keller Indians, brightly shinning at the top of the hill. The road climbs half a mile into it; and from there, you can see much of the city of Keller, as the land around it is flat and stretches on for miles. I pressed on my pace, and took on the hill. My legs hurt; my chest burned, and as I reached the top of the hill and could see the city lights, I thought about my two precious daughters, and how being a father has given me so many reasons to be joyful. I made a left on Johnson Road, and as quickly as my pace increased, my thoughts shifted to children whose fathers are not present. My heart ached; my feet pressed hard against the ground, and my prayers started to flow. I finished my race, and started to think about how I could convert my running into helping the fatherless. I don’t need to spend much writing about the situation in the Middle East, especially with respect to orphans.
When talking about numbers, UNICEF estimates a total of 5.6 million children living in poverty, displacement, and at the front lines of war in Syria. In Iraq, according to the BBC between 800 thousand and a million Iraqi children have lost one or both parents. These are children in need of warm clothing, blankets, heating supplies, food, and adequate shelter in countries like Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to do a small online search on this topic. It is heartbreaking, and it deserves our time, our resources, and our prayers: father to the fatherless is God in his holy habitation (Psalm 68:5).
This fundraiser is very important to me; my heart is deeply burdened with the situation in the Middle East, especially with children. As I know that many of you are also burdened, I hope that together we can do what we can to bring humanitarian relief and the word of God to these beautiful little lives. By running this race, I am not only hoping to raise money but also raise awareness to this situation.