My journey to Hope Water started several years ago when I went to a weight loss program and lost 60 pounds by following a healthy diet and exercising regularly. I was encouraged by my weight loss coaches to walk on the treadmill which I did for about 30 minutes 5 days a week. After a while I was walking so fast on the treadmill that people would tell me I might as well be running. I had never been a runner but I started out slowly and kept progressing. I was preparing to run the Free Press ½ marathon in 2013 when I connected with my friend Beth who was running with Hope Water so I began running with her. She and Nicole taught me all about eating, clothing, foam rolling, breathing, intervals, cross training, etc. They encouraged me when I thought I couldn’t run another step. They wouldn’t let me slide because I’m older than they are. I finished the ½ in 2013 but while preparing for the full in 2014 I sustained an injury here on the trail. For a while, I thought I would never run again, but seeing the videos of the Pokot and hearing the story about how Steve Andrews prayed for them 10 years before he met Julius never gets old. And I heard the Lord calling me to invest fully into Hope Water. So I went to physical therapy, which got me back to running for the 2015 season, and with butterflies in my stomach and a lot of faith I signed up to run the full marathon last year.
2 Cor 12:9-10 says – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
I never knew how weak I could feel while running longer distances than my mind could at times wrap itself around. But this scripture was at the front of my mind every step of the way and every time I was able to complete the task. I never felt closer to God than in prayer in the midst of my training. And I will never forget the amazing experience that was marathon training, or the feeling of turning that last corner onto Fort St. and looking down the street to see the finish line, which I crossed with my friend Nicole, and where Beth and her husband Mark were there to give me a big hug.
So, I run because I am passionate about the Pokot and about Hope Water Project
I run because I delight in my weakness.
I run despite my injuries.
I run because I so enjoy being in community with Hope Water and Kensington
I run because I am doing something for eternity, and for people whom I will probably never meet this side of heaven.
Thanks everyone for the encouragement. Couldn’t do it without you!!
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