Saturday, November 15, 2008

Mountain Home Marathon for Kenya

WE FINISHED!!!----the 5K portion, that is, of the annual Mountain Home Marathon for Kenya. Today's event was a real test of dedication for the volunteers and participants who braved the blustery winds and cold temperatures along the route. I owe a special thanks to my pastor, David Johnson and his wife Roxanne, for enduring a bit of freezing sleet, while waiting at the finish line for me, so that we could have our annual "Kodak moment" for the occasion. The photo grid above represents four of the past years; we were even present for the first one although we don't have a photograph for it. How blessed we are to be physically able to walk the 3.2 miles, through a lovely community, for a cause that will benefit the kids of Katito, Kenya. This excerpt from a Lifeway publication is worth mentioning here: "Scripture uses the analogy of running and the Christian life several times. Both involve a starting line, a finish line, the need for endurance, and the necessity of competing according to rules. In the Christian life Jesus is BOTH our starting line and finish line (He is the author and completer of our faith). Furthermore, we have need for endurance as the Book of Hebrews reminds us often. And as believers, we must run our race with God's 'rulebook' (Scripture) always in view." I usually sign off my blog posts with "miles of smiles", but in honor of today's event, I will simply say "five kilometers of smiles"!!! Tricia Turner
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