This is Bret’s 14th year running an incredibly challenging race to raise money for VisionTrust’s medical services. He shares his wisdom and excitement for the race on the blog today.
At this time last year, my pre-race letter was filled with uncertainty. I spoke of my commencement from a 31-year career in public education and wasn’t sure what the future would hold.
Now the future has become a bit more clear. Toward the end of July, we will be moving to Scotland, where I will teach secondary math at the International School of Aberdeen. For this reason I will not be running the Leadville Trail 100 in August. Instead, on June 28, I will participate in a 12-hour run near Laramie, Wyoming, at the Happy Jack Endurance Races. My goal is to complete 62 miles (100 kilometers) within the 12-hour time limit.
For the children VisionTrust serves, the future is much less certain. Many of them probably do not understand it at the time they enter a VisionTrust program, but for them, VisionTrust becomes their hope. As they are fed, educated, nursed to health, and discipled, they learn that their real hope is Jesus Christ.
Through this 14-year running partnership with VisionTrust we have witnessed sickly, malnourished children heal, grow, graduate from high school, proceed to further education, and become leaders in their families and communities, and by the grace of God, in their own countries.
I hope that you, like me, are moved to action when you learn of the amazing possibilities that VisionTrust affords thousands of our young and needy brothers and sisters in Christ. Sometimes a young mind and body is released from its prison by clean water, a daily multivitamin, or a dose of malaria medication. Please join with me and help to make these dreams become reality.
Yours for the children Jesus loves,