Entries tagged with “Team World Vision”.


If you didn’t know today is Blog Action Day around the world!!!

Thousands of bloggers are writing about poverty today and offering radical ways to end poverty. It is an interesting idea and has produced some great posts. My BAD post is simply a wrap-up to the Team World Vision fundraising!! I am so super excited that my family and friends were willing to donate over $2,100 towards World Vision and supporting my marathon. You can see my official BAD post here.

I know World Vision will put that money to great use in eliminating poverty in Africa. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

A quick thought about ways that I’m involved in eliminating poverty:

  • Working for an inner-city school with a large immigrant population – trying to find ways to enhance the learning environment and educational experiences for 400 kids.
  • Tutoring Somali adults so that they can learn English and obtain US Citizenship.
  • Providing another peaceful presence on our block and being involved in the neighborhood.
  • Being involved in a church that is focused on show the love of Jesus to our neighbors.
  • We support a child in Ghana through World Vision.
  • We partner with several friends who are working internationally trying to bring peace and justice to the communities they work in.
  • We recently made a small business loan through OptINNow a Christian micro-lending organization. Our loan helped a Kenyan man expand his retail outlet.
  • We haven’t done this in awhile, but shopping at a Goodwill or Salvation Army store gives you some great deals while supporting their job training programs.
  • We actively advocate for the end of Genocide and other issues related to international and local poverty.
  • I blog a lot about social justice and poverty!

This is just a start… what are you doing to end poverty? Here is a list of 88 Ways to Do Something About Poverty.

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It has been almost a week since I finished my first marathon!!! Yes I made it the entire 26.2 miles!

It was quite an adventure as the rain pelted down on us for at least 4-5 miles of the race. But it was very thrilling to reach the finish line and to know that I had accomplished such a large feat. My finish time was 3:25. My Dad asked, “What does that mean? Is that fast, slow, really fast or what?” He’s not a runner so that’s understandable. Most of my running friends know what that means – I finished in the top 10% of all the finisher’s in Sunday’s race. I didn’t quite make the “gold standard” of a Boston Qualifying time, but for my first marathon I am quite pleased with the effort!

I have already posted two reviews of the race, so I would encourage you to check them out. The first is Grading the Race Plan and the second is a more traditional Race Review.

On a similar note I am very excited to say that we have surpassed our $2,000 goal for Team World Vision!! Isn’t that awesome. So thank you to the many of you that donated and supported this effort. It was a pretty amazing and overwhelming feeling to know that my running a marathon changed my life, but also lives of children and families in Africa. Thank you for being a part of the journey with me.

As I write this today, pretty much all of the soreness is gone, but you can ask Christy and she will tell you that I kinda hobbled around Sunday and most of Monday! The truly insane part is that I’m already thinking about running another one sometime next year (maybe I am a little nuts!)

I wanted to give you an update on the marathon and thank you for your support. If you were planning to make a donation you still can! Tax-deductible and secure donations can be made at www.firstgiving.com/teamcross

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