At the 2011 Georgia Marathon, Team Samaritan’s Purse raised money and awareness of the need for clean water in the Kihuura region of Western Uganda - an area with desperate poverty and where only 19% of the population has access to safe water. Providing clean water is perhaps the most preventative measure we can take in keeping our world from infectious disease. Every day, 6,000 people around the world—most of them children—die from dirty water. It's a staggering statistic when we consider how vital clean water is to our daily existence.
This year, Team SP will again participate in the Georgia Marathon on March 18. Runners in the 2012 event are raising money for clean water in South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, in desperate need. Please consider joining us as we work to provide safe water and break the cycle of poverty to this area of the world. We are setting a goal of $100,000 for this event. With 100 runners each raising $1,000, we believe this is possible. Will you be part of this?
Due to schedule conflicts, I am unable to attend the 2012 Georgia Marathon. However, I’m still running. On March 18, I will run 26.2 miles from here in Shiloh, IL. I call it “For Sudan from Shiloh”, my local extension of the 2012 Georgia Marathon with Team SP. I endeavor to raise $1,000 for the Samaritan’s Purse clean water project in South Sudan.
My marathon course will begin at Bethel Baptist Church in Troy and end at the Scott AFB Heritage Park at the Shiloh Gate, taking in 26.2 miles of Illinois town and countryside. No finisher’s medal, no T-shirt, no 22,000 runners. Just me (and my support crew - Elizabeth and the Clan), running because God gave me strong legs and a strong heart to use for His glory, and because I love Africa, and clean water is the elementary substance of breaking the bondage of poverty.
The border fighting in newly independent South Sudan is causing a severe humanitarian crisis. 300,000 refugees have moved south, with several camps building. The Yida camp alone is approaching 28,000 people, most of them separated from family. Many crossed the Nuba Mountains on foot to escape attacks from the north. They had to hacked a drop zone out of the forest with machettes and hand axes so Samaritan's Purse aircraft can drop supplies to them. Samaritan's Purse is digging wells around the refugee camps. It costs $23,000 to drill and equip a generator-powered well to provide safe, clean water for 1,500 to 2,500 refugees in the Yida camp. That works out to about $9 a person, to give life. Will you help by donating a few dollars toward our goal?
As SP teams work in crisis areas of the world, people often ask, "Why did you come?" The answer is always the same: "We have come to help you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ." Our ministry is all about Jesus--first, last, and always. As the Apostle Paul said, "For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake." (2 Corinthians 4:5).
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Please forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too.
Thank you for being part of the team, and thank you from deep in my heart.
Please visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org for more information.
In His name,