I know, I blatantly borrowed the title from a famous athletic apparel company’s marketing campaign, but I’m almost positive they were not the first ones to ever utter the phrase. Besides, I think what I’m about to tell you is just as appropriate as anything a running shoe ever claimed.
A lot of the emails we receive are from individuals that have heard about the children in the prisons in Uganda and are touched by their situation and wish to do something about it. Many want to go and visit them, and some do. Many want to give money to meet their physical needs, and some do. Many want to pray for them, and some do. We are so very grateful for all of those. Then there is a whole other category of people that, to date, make up a smaller minority. These are people who want to do something big and then instead of waiting around for an audible word or writing in the sky, they just do it.
Tanner is one such individual. We were introduced to Tanner while visiting friends of Sixty Feet in a remote town in northern California earlier this year. Tanner is a young teenager that heard about Sixty Feet and others in Uganda that were making a difference in the lives of the children and he decided he would do what he could to help. What he decided was rather extraordinary. He chose to train for and to run the San Francisco marathon and have people sponsor him and the money he raised would go to Sixty Feet and another individual working in Uganda. And he did it.
Our respect for Tanner is incredibly high. Not only because he set a very high goal for himself and accomplished it, but also because he came up with a unique idea to utilize his own talents to help in a way not many others could.
Another person I wanted to introduce you to is Stephanie. She emailed us a few months back asking for ways to help and it just happened to be right after we had heard about Tanner’s grand idea. Stephanie was not in a position to go to Uganda or donate vast sums of personal wealth, and we suggested that she consider some creative ways to serve the children such as Tanner was doing. It wasn’t long before we heard from Stephanie again and it was as if someone had lit a fire under her. She had rallied support from several churches in her small community and was planning several events. She had a cupcake sale underway as well as a fundraising campaign in a number of Sunday School classes.
To top it off, she writes Sunday School curriculum and had written a complete Sunday School lesson based on Sixty Feet and the children in Uganda to compliment the fund raising they were doing and to give the children some perspective on why we give and how God uses our service to Him. Since then several others have used Stephanie’s curriculum in their classes and the blessing of Stephanie’s action continues to move forward.
I could go on. I could tell you about 10-year-old Mike who also ran a race and held cupcake sales to raise well over $1,000 for Sixty Feet. Or about the Children’s choir practicing as we speak for a concert this Fall to raise awareness of the children Sixty Feet is serving.
These people are inspiring for sure, but what makes it all so exciting for us is that it is expanding the ministry of Sixty Feet in ways we could never have imagined. Our small group here in Atlanta could have brain stormed for a month and not come up with the idea to have a children’s choir perform a special concert about the children in Uganda. And as much as I would love to, I’m afraid my marathon running days are behind me.
We are constantly amazed at what the Body of Christ can do when they are obedient to Him and put their God-given talents into action. We are also incredibly humbled by so many around the world who have given up other things in order to give sacrificially to our ministry. Thank you all. We look forward to hearing what other crazy ideas you come up with in order to serve the least of these.