Having flu like symptoms days before running a 50K provides a unique opportunity. Since I just completed a cruise last week, I am not sure if it is the Norovirus that other cruise ships suffered with, but in addition to some great memories of the Caribbean, I came home with two of the three symptoms.
One purpose of the cruise was to connect with others with a heart for missions. Waiting to board the cruise ship I sat by a young Asian man who told me his story. He was a boy in Cambodia during the atrocities of the 'killing fields' during the Khmer Rouge regime. He was one of only fifty young boys out of the thousand that started in his particular labor camp to survive. He told an incredible story of traveling to the border after Vietnam attacked Cambodia, causing his guards to flee and opening a chance to escape. He was eventually adopted by a single mom attending an Assemblies of God church in Minnesota. The love of God drew him into a relationship with God, and he attended a bible school where he met and married another Cambodian, and they together felt called to return to their country to plant churches and start a bible school. The love and grace of God shone forth from him in power.
Maybe, like me, you wanted to do something positive for Southeast Asia but really didn't know how. The purpose of this blog is a trinity. One is to give you an update on my health, which is quite good in spite of this current flu like affliction. Second is to make you aware of this very positive thing that is happening in Southeast Asia. And third, I will be running the Holliday Lake 50K on Saturday, February 11, for them. I invite you to take this opportunity to come along side a young family who are planting churches, raising up hundreds of young people and providing a quality education. The bible school is already built and the faculty is in place; he just needs a little help with the expenses. This experience has been like discovering new brothers and sisters I didn't know I had. They are also little brothers and sisters of Jesus, who encouraged us: Matthew 25:40 "…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
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