Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Going the Distance

About a year ago, my friend Ashley shared a book with me that changed my life and started me down a road that led me to Jesus.  Our adoption, this blog, and a life lived without fear has followed.

Today, I give the blog to Ashley and her husband Nathan.  
Please read how child sponsorship has changed their lives, and what it looks like when a man's heart is broken for the Lord.  

Here's Nathan in his own words....


At the beginning of this year, I set out with a goal in mind - to complete my first full distance Ironman race on July 28th.  A full Ironman is a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and a full marathon run (26.2 miles).  

As my training progressed, I felt the need to make all of the effort I was putting into training count for more than just self improvement. 

I felt it needed to mean something more.

Around the same time, friends of our family were in the process of adopting two children from Ethiopia.   

They also became involved with a school 
in the same region for orphaned children. 

They sought out people to support each of the children at the school through the charity Children's HopeChest.  

Our family decided to sponsor Mikias, a 10 year old boy who receives food, clothes and many other basic needs through the school.

A few months later our friends traveled to Ethiopia to adopt their children and visit the school.  

They were able to meet Mikias and took a photo of him 
holding a photo of our family.

 The stark contrast between this destitute child 
and my own children... 

...moved me to want to do more 
than simply sponsor one child.

Through the work of Kind Hearts and Children's HopeChest, a new school is being planned adjacent to the current one which will allow them to double their capacity.  It will be able to serve another 150 orphaned and destitute children.

The cycle of poverty can be broken for 150 kids!

 It will provide bathrooms with running water which none of the students have at home, four new classrooms and all the desks, chairs and equipment needed for these new rooms.

I would like to be a part of this effort, and would like you to help me do this! 

 Would you consider giving at least $0.10 for every mile I swim, bike and run?  

At a little over 140 miles, that is about $14 which will directly go towards the construction of this school.  My personal goal is raising $20 for every mile of the race!  That would total over $2800 for the school!

Your donation toward this project will profoundly impact the lives of these kids.  
It will meet their basic needs now and provide an education that will enable them to provide for their families.

This project is personal to me because of my family's relationship with Mikias.   

Please join me by making a donation to fund the new school building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which will directly impact the lives of many more children.
For progress reports and updates about Kind Hearts, the kids and this project, 

Make Your Donation Today!

Thank you, Nathan!

And thank you to my childhood friend, Ashley...
...for sharing her Joy with me when I so desperately needed it.


  1. Oh my goodness! You are amazing! I wish I would have seen this before I saw you this morning. I would have given you a super giant hug and kiss. Thank you!

  2. Hi, I am Shannon, an orphan advocate who lives in Hickory, nc. I was sent this link by Greg P., Ashley's dad. I am so encouraged to read this post and for the adoption of the littles from Ethiopia. Our friends in Adoption Ministry here are in the process of adopting a sibling group from Ethiopia. I am in awe of how God allows us to be part of His great plans! Praising Him for who He is!!!!

  3. This is a wonderful entry! Thank you for your story and your dedication! I love your passion, esp. since you share mine! I am working hard to bring you closer to Mikias! I will soon be sharing his artwork with you so you can be looking for the art in an email and then look for Mikias's reference number. They will be in order. Again, thank you so much for your passion and this mission to help Kind Hearts! ...and Kechene!! Love through Christ Who Strengthens Us, Greta Byers (Volunteer Coordinator for Kechene Care Point)


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