Praise Report from Chicago Marathon

Earlier this month, our brothers Wing, Mark, and Jeff Fang ran the Chicago Marathon! Praise the Lord that all 3 of them were able to finish the 26.2 mile run with their health in tact. Moreover, praise God that Mark was able to raise $1,205 for World Vision’s clean water fund! Here is a testimony from Mark:

I became an avid runner a little over a year ago.  I enjoy running because of its health benefits and relatively cheap startup cost.  Although I did not know at the time when I signed up for the 2011 Chicago marathon, the Lord gave me an opportunity to use my hobby for His glory.

Prior to the marathon in Chicago on October 9, I have only participated in a few half marathons and other long-distance races.  I usually train alone, and though I participated in quite a few amateur races in New York, I only saw running as a personal development activity.  When Wing Chi Tsui and Jeffrey Fang encouraged me to participate in the marathon with them, I had already missed the deadline for the general public—the only way I can run this race was if I fundraise for a charity.

Thankfully, I found World Vision as one of the registered organization with the charity program.  I became familiar with World Vision in high school through its 30 Hour Famine initiatives and child-sponsoring programs.  This time, I participated in the organization’s campaign to provide clean water for villages in Africa.  Through the donations, the organization can build sanitation equipments and to provide uncontaminated water supplies, which directly benefits the health and development of young children.

Training for the marathon was not an easy task.  It required discipline, self control, and perseverance.  Not only did I have to commit to a strict running regiment, I also had to watch my diet, as well as my sleep schedule.  The Bible compares our walk with God to running a race.  In his letters to the Corinthians, Paul urged the church in Corinth to discipline themselves to receive the crown of life—“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run … [e]very athlete exercises self-control in all things.  They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.  But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”—1 Corinthians 9:24-27.  When prophet Jeremiah complained about his hardships in ministry, God answered him, “If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses?”—Jeremiah 12:5.  Because God had put this burden in my heart, therefore, my motivation to run this race became providing clean water to as many children in Africa as possible through fundraising.

I am very grateful for all the prayers and encouragements I have received from you.  Without your support, I could not have completed the 26.2 mile race.  By the day of the race, you have donated over $1,205 towards the water fund in Africa, which provided clean water to over 24 children!  I would encourage everyone to participate in a fundraising project to help those who are in need.

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