Karl W Keltner
Welcome to the Operation: Breakthrough Poverty! initiative. I've created the Ultimate Endurance Challenge to help the kids at Operation Breakthrough in the urban core of KCMO.
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. (Romans 5: 3-5 NLT)
If our personal suffering can help another, then that means God can USE it for greater things. I'd like God to use my sufferings to help families in the urban core of KC, and I'd like the families to know there is hope, which is really God's promise for better things on the other side of life's trials.
Operation Breakthrough is a place in the KC urban core that offers God's Promise to homeless/nearly homeless parents in need of a safe, educational and loving environment for their children during working hours. Serving KC families since 1971, Operation Breakthrough is a beacon of hope for up to 500 children each day. The children's laughter that fills the building each day is a tribute to the dedication of the staff and volunteers who make OB a home away from home for each child. The children (and parents!) so love their OB family that children struggle to exit the doors each evening. The average ANNUAL family income of OB families is $9,400, which is less than $800/month. Wrap your head around that number and imagine what you would have to change...
Starting Monday, September 16, 2013, I will complete a 1/2 IM distance triathlon (1.2 mi swim, 56 mil bike and 13.1 mi run) for six (6) consecutive days. I will finish the challenge Sunday, September 22, 2013 by completing the Kansas Tough Mudder with a team of fellow, dedicated athletes. The Tough Mudder has been billed as the "toughest endurance event on the planet," which will be a fitting end to my week.
Please join me in supporting the servant heart of Operation Breakthrough and donate today. As their doors only remain open due to the generosity of private donations, every dollar literally counts. No donation is ever too small or too big, and I ask that you contribute to the HOPE that is poured out of the Operation Breakthrough doors each day.
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