As most of you know, the key to hope, success, influence and promise is education. Our children -- those here in the U.S., in the Congo, and everyone need education to thrive, grow and improve. It is knowledge infused by passion and truth that could quite possibly save a nation. If nothing else, it gives a child something each of them deserve and the possibility to create a life for themselves that rises above the generations of genuine poverty to which they were born.
I told you before I went to Congo that this is NOT a one time event. My trip was just one piece of a larger puzzle. I pledged to be an advocate for this country -- on a long-term mission to help make some kind of a little difference.
I've read, I've listened, I've learned. No way, Americans cannot "save" Africa . A two-week trip to a country isn't what's going to help in the long run. But my team and I are committed to these orphans and we are working hand-in-hand with the Congolese in Uvira to continue the wonderful things that have begun at the Orphanage. It did not end on June 18th when I returned to the U.S. It is far from ending for my teammates and I.
How do you help? On September 8th, our team will be running the very difficult 12-mile Tough Mudder race in Maryland. A sneak preview
This is no easy race. Though I'm an experienced marathon runner, I'm told this will put even me to the test. It's hard to train for, hard to trudge through and hard to finish -- but our team is running this race for our kids in Congo.
We hope our wacky idea to swim through mud lakes, climb over walls hike over slimy hills and douse ourselves 100% in mud for 12+ miles will inspire you -- friends, family, readers, strangers -- to help us help the orphans at CCC.
Our fundraising goal is $7,500 for a very specific reason:
So, I am cutting to the chase because these kids deserve an education. They don't have moms and dads and currently they are sleeping two to a dirty bed in an unsecured area in Congo -- where rebel fighting could break out at any time. They are beautiful, hopeful and full of God's joy. I've never smiled SO much in my life as I did in those two weeks. Thank GOD for these children and the hope they represent for this country -- the heart of Africa -- that could once again become a great nation full of light instead of darkness.
If you want to help make a difference in a child's life right now, here's your opportunity: