We made it!

Well, this post is a little over a week late … but just wanted to pass on the news that we finished the marathon!! AND we made it to our goal of $1800 for His Voice Global!  Actually we are currently at $1851 on our fundraising page, and it will be opened at least for a few more weeks, so you still have a chance to help us make an even bigger impact on the 4th orphanage in Sudan!  If you are interested in giving, you can do so at:

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/eric-barb/stlouisrocknrollmarathon

Our race-weekend journey started with a trip to St. Louis on Saturday afternoon October 22nd.  We checked into our hotel (which we booked on Hotwire when we registered for the race and saved quite a bit compared to the “race rates” offered by other downtown hotels that weekend … we love finding good deals!).  Then we traveled on to the St. Louis Rock N Roll Marathon Expo to pick up our bib numbers and race packets.  We just happened to be in the same expo center where they were having open try-outs for America’s God Talent … I told Kelly that I should have tried out.  I tried to get a picture of the AGT sign in front of the try-out room, but was promptly stopped by security and said that pictures of the sign weren’t allowed … ?  Anyhow, we received our race numbers and timing chips and then headed off to carb-load for dinner.  We chose Macaroni Grill, which is one of our favorites (and also the place we ate for lunch right after we got engaged) and had a great meal there.  Then we did a little browsing in a few stores in STL and headed to the hotel to get some rest for the night.

The morning started early … early enough to eat a little energy bar and get down to the starting line in time.

The race went really well … we had beautiful weather to run in, and Kelly did such an amazing job.  I was the one that made us stop several times in the last few miles.  I’d never had cramps in the muscles that were cramping that day … but we pushed through and made it to the finish in 4 hours 36 minutes…

We were so blessed to have several of our students/friends come a cheer us on during the race.  It was so encouraging to see them along the course and to hear their cheers … and for the reminder that we were running for a purpose much greater than ourselves!

Such a cool thing to say that Kelly and I were able to do together, and so glad that we were able to help His Voice in a small way be able to build the 4th orphanage.

The truth is that we can all do something.  The Bible says “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”  Running this marathon and raising a little $ for His Voice Global was just something that we thought we could do to help.  Consider this passage posted by a friend of mine from the book “Kisses from Katie”:

“The truth is that the 143 million orphaned children and the 11 million who starve to death or die from preventable diseases and the 8.5 million who work as child slaves, prostitutes, or under other horrific conditions and the 2.3 million who live with HIV add up to 164.8 million needy children. And though at first glance that looks like a big number, 2.1 billion people on this earth proclaim to be Christians.

The truth is that if only 8 percent of the Christians would care for one more child, there would not be any statistics left.” -Katie Davis, “Kisses from Katie”

WHOA!

This Sunday, November 6th is Global Orphan Sunday. This day is set aside to raise awareness of the Global orphan crisis and to support organizations who are trying to help.

Here is how you can join with His Voice Global on November 6th;

HOST AN ORPHAN SUNDAY PARTY ANY TIME DURING THE WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 4-6th.

This will work for church groups, organizations, families, friends, neighborhoods or college dorm floors. The sky is really the limit on this one.

How does this help? You charge a “cover” for entry or for food. Or, you could host a tournament party and have  friends pay to play! Make sure that you let your friends know that all the money goes directly to the orphans in South Sudan and India through His Voice Global.

At some point during the gathering, get everyone’s attention and share with them about His Voice Global and what they do. You could show them a video, or tell them about an experience you have had with His Voice Global.  They have set up a page here on website to give you ideas and recipes to host! Click Here!

What a simple way to make a difference in the lives of these orphans!

WE CAN ALL DO SOMETHING.  What will you do?

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