Quite a while ago, I came across an article called “Team Effort” in an issue of Runner’s World that contained some compelling statistics about the impact of runners on cancer research. I learned that Team In Training raises about half of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual budget. Relay For Life raises over one third of the American Cancer Society’s Budget. When they added up how much runners raised for cancer causes in 2011, it was over $650 million!
What this tells me is that runners know how to raise money! And runners (and walkers) have proven this year after year. But what’s really humbling is to think that even if enough money was raised to totally eradicate cancer worldwide, it would all be in vain if people never knew Jesus Christ. Over 2o9 million people will never get the chance because the Bible isn’t even in their language.
Mark 8:36 says, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” If someone is healed from a physical disease, but never finds spiritual healing, have we truly helped that person?
Should we raise money for cancer through Team in Training, Relay for Life, and other organizations? Absolutely! Jesus was always moved with compassion for the sick. Many showed up, not to hear God speak through Christ, but to be healed or for some food. We should follow Christ’s example and offer hope and physical healing when we can.
But I’m also asking you to consider raising money and awareness for the need of Bible translation. Next time you think about running a 5k or 10k, a half or full marathon, why not consider raising $100, $500, $1500 for Bible translation? It’s easy to join Team OneVerse, easier than you realize to complete your chosen distance, and the eternal impact will heal both body and soul.