Over the summer my good friend, Andrew, sent me an email about his desire to run a marathon. He had picked up a copy of the book and found it inspiring and wanted to tackle the challenge of running 26.2 miles.
He is excited about the opportunity to run, but in his training he realized he did not want his race to be about him, he wanted it to be about others. He has set up a fund to help build a house for a family in Belieze who are in need of a home. He sent me the following letter and I wanted to post it and bring attention to his efforts.
Many of you remember me from serving with Ron Braaten as a part of Oasis Ministry in Belize for six and a half years. In the two years since returning to the United States, many close friends and influences have inspired me to try running a marathon. One of those inspirations is my long time friend, Tommy Bresson. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to read Tommy’s book, Running Through Life which initially sparked my interest in training for and running a marathon.
In an effort to pursue that goal, I have registered and been training to running the Richmond Marathon in Richmond, Virginia on November 15th, 2014 with my sister and brother-in-law. While running along the beach this summer, I felt inspired to use this race as an effort to raise money to bless a family with a home in Belize. In my six years of service in Belize, I saw many families living in hopeless circumstances find hope when they were blessed with a home by Pastor Ron and Oasis Ministry. Homes brought families hope in their physical circumstances, but also acted as a boost in their faith, as many families prayed for months and years that God would provide them a place to live. Homes also were a physical representation of Christ’s love to families did not previously know Christ.
Recently, a family which has been greatly invested in the ministry at Oasis and Mt. Hope Bible Church, lost their home and all their possessions in a house fire. Pastor Ron has asked me to focus my efforts on blessing this family, Mike and Susan Flowers and their four small children.
To donate toward this project please mail a check to:
6420-301 Rea Rd
Charlotte, NC 28277
Make the check payable to Oasis Ministry but please put a note in the memo to designate the purpose of your donation such as “Andrew’s Marathon House.”
Candice, the US office manager will sent you a receipt in January for tax purposes. Oasis is a 501 (c)3 organization.
Your prayers for Mike and Susan are most appreciated as well.