I have never run a marathon before, so I am so excited to share what we are doing at Woodside. I've been attending Woodside Bible Church for just over a year now and I have always been interested in their outreach to Thailand. Two summers ago I went with my best friend, and small group of wonderful people from another church, on a mission trip to Bangkok, Thailand. We spread the word of the gospel, helped do street clean up, did some painting in the church, met and prayed with families in the slums and played with the children that lived there...it was such a life changing and uplifting experience...I can't even put it into words! My heart is always in Thailand.
When I heard that Woodside has a mission in Thailand, I felt a calling to help again. Woodside has been bringing their love of God to Thailand through the Akha Light Orphanage. Thirty five of the children from the orphanage were just here at Woodside, singing beautiful songs, gracing us with their presence and sharing their stories. It was so cool to see more people and children from Thailand, with the love of God in their lives.
The Akha Light Orphange was started 10 years ago to help save the children that had nobody to look after and guide them. Many of these young children have to endure horrible circumstances just to get through their day.
Now it is 2015, and we are running to show our support and love. The effort it will take to train and power through something I've never done is going to be hard, but it is nothing compared to what these children are forced to endure. Needless to say, I am so happy to be involved in such a wonderful mission.
I will be personally doing the international half-marathon at the Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon in October. (I've never been much of a runner, so this is going to be a challenge!)
I ask that you pray for the children in Thailand, pray for the strength and motivation of our runners, and pray for God to work in all of our lives!
We are raising money and awareness for a great mission! Help in any way you can - spread the word, join our runners or support us through prayer! Thank you all so much for any contribution. :)