Church members to run for Malawi
Senior pastor, other members are training for the Chicago Marathon.
For 17 San Clemente Presbyterian Church members, running in the Chicago Marathon Oct. 7 will be more than just an athletic achievement.
The group hopes to raise at least $15,000 from the 26.2 mile marathon, enough to purchase a new well for Nkhoma, a community in Malawi, Africa that the church is sponsoring. Its part of an ongoing commitment by San Clemente Presbyterian, which has pledged to work at improving conditions in Malawi for 15 years... for the rest of the article, click here.
(Pictured above is the one of Dee Abell and me that ran in the local paper. Dee is our Choir Director and Minister to Senior Adults. He is a grandfather and he and his son-in-law are both running on our marathon team. It's Dee's first marathon. To sponsor him, go here.)
When asked what message we hoped our Malawi project would send to our neighbors and friends, I said,
"For those in our local community, who really want to be a part of something bigger than themselves, they could see a church doing more than paying attention to our own needs, but saying, come join us and we'll give you vision for the way in which God wants you to work in the world, and make a difference in your own life...We really want to be a church that says we take our faith seriously and want to live it by blessing those who may never come to our church."