Running one marathon is an accomplishment in itself. So many have it on their bucket lists (it was never on mine. Never say 'never,' people.) and it is so inspiring to read stories of people coming back from disease or injury to run a full marathon. Tears often come at the finish line of a marathon. Why 26.2? It's seems so far out of reach. What about running 12 marathons in a row? What about running 315 miles in 12 days? Crazy?
It's happening, y'all. I've been following the Livesay family's blog for a few months now. This lead me to finding out about a man named Barry McDonald, who is on day 6 of running 315 miles across the country of Haiti, a country which is continually grabbing my heart from afar.
Here's why: Barry is running to raise money and awareness for maternal health in Haiti. Specifically, the goal is to raise $800,000 to build a new maternal health center in Haiti, to extend and enlarge the work that Heartline Ministries in Haiti is already doing.
There are many, but this statistic alone is staggering: "Over half a million women die every year in childbirth or from pregnancy-related causes.Virtually all (99%) of these maternal deaths occur in low-income countries.For every woman who loses her life due to pregnancy, between 15 and 30 women suffer from life-long illness and disability."
Safer births = less orphans.
It's all God's kingdom. Whether it be education for girls at Kopila Valley School in Nepal or Maternal health in Hati. "...Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven..."
You can follow Barry's journey here. Also, you can follow him on Twitter here.
...and his youtube channel.