BENEFITING: BAREFOOT REPUBLIC INC
Between Nashville, TN and Louisville, KY is a very special place called Barefoot Republic. It is a place where kids from a diverse racial, cultural and socio-economic background come together as a united family to experience God's love and grow in their understanding of His unique purpose for their lives.
My wife and I had the honor to serve at Barefoot the week of our wedding anniversary this summer; we worked along side loving counselors and tireleess staff. We saw God pursue the hearts of the campers regardless of the color of their skin color or their financial means.
Over the last year we watched the fear and anger about the racial and economnic divisions in our country boil over into violence in communities like Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD. While the news saddened us, the mission of Barefoot Republic resonated with us--we felt God calling us to serve.
Alyson as a high school film teacher and former Young Life counselor was in her element helping kids in the film speciality create and edit a short film.
I, however, had not spent a lot of time around kids, nor had I ever gone to camp. Coming from a very homogenous, white,upper middle-class background, I felt unsure of my ability to relate to high school kids from such diverse backgrounds ; I asked myself, what could I possibly offer?
To my delight, God used me to support the counselors so they could pour into the lives of the kids. I was touched to see campers recieving the counselors' love and, in turn, sharing God's love with each other. The last night of camp, as kids shared their experiences, it was awesome to hear many kids saying that they "felt comfortable in their own skin" for the first time.
This is why I am racing Ironman Louisville--to raise funds for one "republic" of twelve kids to experience the hope and love of Barefoot Republic.
A "republic" is a small community of kids from all walks of life who come together as a united family sharing a cabin, meals, and small-group discussions throughout the week. Within this Republic, conversations occur, which change kids' hearts, and thus, the lives of those in our communities.
It costs $600 for one child to attend Barefoot Republic for the week. Please help me raise $7,200 so twelve children can experience the love and hope of Barefoot Republic next summer.