Harvard, Oxford, Yale. These are a few of the places I’ve visited this summer. I didn’t encounter crowds of young people, see unique building architecture or experience any stimulating lectures. In fact, I wasn’t even on a tour of great universities. Rather these are a few of Colorado’s 14,000+ foot mountains that I’ve been able to visit. What I did encounter were spectacular summit vistas and constant glimpses of God’s created grandeur.
I believe God created these natural wonders for us to enjoy. How He feeds my soul when I am surrounded by these reminders of His presence! I do enjoy running. It dissolves my stress, energizes me physically, refreshes my mind and gives me time to think creatively. But mostly, when running in the mountains, I feel like I’m in close communion with God. These were the feelings that were responsible for bringing me to the point of running a 100-mile race as a fundraiser for the medical services provided by VisionTrust for the children they care for.
This summer I’ve enjoyed several trips to the mountains to train (and camp) and to commune with God. My training has gone well. I’ve run injury-free and safely. On August 18-19 I plan to run the Leadville Trail 100 “The Race Across the Sky.” Leadville sits at an elevation of 10,200 feet. The race climbs to 12,600 feet, and includes a total of about 17,000 vertical feet. This will be my 11th Leadville and my 12th 100-mile fundraiser for VisionTrust.
When running a 100-mile race, it is a given that at some point it is going to hurt and there are going to be questions that creep into your mind that make you wonder why you are doing such a thing. For some, that question becomes consuming and cannot be overcome. For me that question has an easy answer. I think of the pain in the lives of those children that are supported by VisionTrust and how, in comparison, my pain is small and temporary. By running, I can make a difference—with your help. Because the Lord has blessed me with this talent and passion, I can run for His glory and help to improve the lives of some of the world’s neediest children.
If you are a contributor to my run, I thank you and the children thank you. If you are not a contributor, would you please consider becoming one? VisionTrust supports over 13,000 children around the world. My goal is to raise $25,000 to fund VisionTrust’s medical services budget. Can you imagine $2 per year per child to fund medical services? How many children will you provide medical services to this year?