I am slightly behind in my updating and I apologize for that but sometimes life is just too busy and unexpected to work out the way you plan. However, today is a new day and I am making time to put this down.
This past Sunday I had an amazing privilege; I was part of a team of more than 20 people that took part in one way or another in the 2016 Aspire Harrisburg Marathon. Through the details, I had missed the deadline to sign up to run in a relay with others. What I did not miss though was the opportunity to be a part of that team. I went along as - you guessed it - the photographer.
But let me keep the timeline right. Our church has been involved with an organization called Global Partners in Peace and Development. They provide many resources and helps to people in several different countries in the world. One of those countries is India and one of the coolest (in my opinion) things they provide is a clean water well. In India, women and children walk an average of 3.7 miles per day to fetch water for their families. One those treks, they can carry up to 5 gallons of water on their heads. Even after walking that far, the water that is carried home is not even guaranteed to be clean.
Through the years, our church members and many friends have contributed to gifts for GPPD. Just recently, one man decided to run a marathon, raising money to dig clean water wells in India. He inspired a woman in our church to do the same. When the Harrisburg Marathon was brought up, she decided to ask others to get involved as well.
Four relay teams were assembled. They went out and raised money from different sponsors. The goal was ambitious; 5 water wells. That equates to $10,000. But they set out nonetheless. By the time the marathon came around, over $11,000 had come in from the sponsors and a team of volunteers was assembled to go to the marathon with the runners.
Our team, Running Water for the Living Water was ready. The vision driving our team is simple; Jesus Christ said to a woman in Samaria regarding water from her well,
13 . . . “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 - ESV)
Providing clean water for those that have no access to it is great but revealing the truth to others that are dehydrated - introducing them to the Living Water, there is no greater joy! So our runners ran and our volunteers cheered them on while also sharing with others the vision behind our race.
By the end of the day, our 16 runners (1 not pictured in team photos) ran a total of more than 104.8 miles! The sponsorships also continued to come in. Our last count blew our expectations of 5 water wells away. I am proud of these individuals and the time they took to embrace a vision, raise money, and run like they had nothing to lose. $14,000, friends! That is how much money came in. That is enough money for SEVEN WATER WELLS!
Praise God from whom all blessings flow! What a joy it is to know and share the Living Water with others near and far.