“If it means interfering in an ensconced, outdated system, to help just one woman, man or child…I’m willing to accept the consequences.” -Wonder Woman #170
This past weekend, we made the 12 hour drive to New Jersey, US to visit our friends the Birches. The purpose of the visit was to hang out with our friends, but we had decided that we would participate in their church’s (Liquid Church http://www.liquidchurch.com) fundraising event. Even though we were from Canada, and don’t attend their church, we definitely felt welcomed and part of their community. Liquid Church is committed to helping bring clean water to some of the poorest counties in the world. So far, they’ve helped put in over 50 wells around the world!! We were thrilled to help promote and raise donations for their cause. Generous friends and family supported us in our run. (You can still donate here: http://www.grouprev.com/thegoodalls )
But what did I learn from our day of super hero run? Lots.
1. My family inspires me. All 5 of us in the family ran the 5k. That includes my 13 year old, who has run 5k runs in the past. But also my 11 year old, 8 year old AND my husband. All who have never ran a 5k before! Wow!
2. The importance of friendship. My friend Christine and I ran the whole thing together. It was great to chat, laugh and push each other to the finish line. We even “flew” over the finish line with our super hero power!!
3. Children inspire me. All our children were allowed to run the race together, as long as they stuck together. And they did! The two boys (age 10 & 11) ran together, and the girls (ages 13 & 12) ran together. I was so proud of my daughter. Her friend told her she could run ahead if she wanted, but she stayed with her friend. True example of friendship.
4. Community is good…and fun!! Loved seeing over 2000 people come together for a great cause. You should have seen some of the fun, awesome costumes!! Super fun! Check them out at http://www.facebook.com/liquidchurch
5. We are an example to our children. After the run, my kids were already asking to coming back again next year. And on the drive home from the run, I was in the back seat with my friends son. I was so touched when he said that he really enjoyed the run and looks forward to running with his mom. He told his mom that she inspires him. How cool is that?
6. You can have fun while making a difference. Liquid Church travels all over the world to help bring clean water to some of the poorest communities. While the 5k run was super fun, it was also educational. And through fundraising, money was raised to make a difference.
7. CPR saves lives. Ok, well, I didn’t learn this lesson on the run, but we were excited to wear Super Hero costumes made in honour of our Super Hero friend, Brenda. Brenda suffered a massive heart attacked last summer while on a 90k bike ride. Thankfully, her friend performed 30 minutes of CPR in the middle of the road and saved Brenda’s life. We had numerous people ask us about our “Team Brenda” outfits and CPR. Awareness is key.
Overall, it was an incredible weekend. It was definitely worth the drive to Jersey!!!
What community events to you participate in, either local or in another community?
1 Peter 4:10 ESV
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
Photo Credit: The first three awesome photos (and a ton more!) can be found at http://www.facebook.com/liquid church