On April 15th, Grant will be completing another dream; to run the Boston Marathon. Though my fifth marathon, it is a new experience and a new opportunity to raise money for a wonderful cause. Thanks to the generosity of the Community Covenant Church in Hopkinton (where the race starts), I was able to sign up as their charity runner (while I love running, at my age, I could never qualify for this elite race). While finding time to properly train in the midst of our busy travel schedule and caring for two young girls continues to be a challenge, I am thrilled to prepare for and eventually run this race.
While we are always raising money for our own ministry, marathons provide me a chance to help others. This year, I am thrilled to be able to partner with this ECC church and our Evangelical Covenant Church camp, Pilgrim Pines. Our hope is to raise $2,500 to help underprivileged youth attend camp. We would hate to allow finances get in the way of young people not having this unique chance to get away, have fun, and be in a place where they can experience God in a powerful way.
My own life was changed as a result of a Christian camp. At 16, it was here that I sensed God calling me to serve in full-time ministry. Camp allows young people to get away from the normal distractions, hear wonderful messages from gifted speakers, and have moments that God can use to lead them to follow Jesus, recommit their lives to living for Him, or bonding with fellow teens that can radically alter their youth group experience. I have personally seen all these things happen.
Would you please consider helping sponsor these scholarships to allow more young people to have the chance I did to meet God at camp? Who knows how God may work in just one person’s life as a result. To give online, visit here. Otherwise, you can give me a check made out to “Community Covenant Church,” with “Boston Marathon” or “Grant Marathon” in the memo. (all gifts are tax-deductible)