In very exciting news, T1V has its first marathon meet-up in San Diego on June 2nd as former T1V runner Latisha and I are going to be running the San Diego Marathon together! The coolest part about this to me is that she and I haven’t even met in person! We became friends because of our shared passion for running to fund Bible translation. Latisha suggested last year that we find a 2013 marathon to do together and San Diego fit our schedules best. I’m pumped to meet-up and run!
Here’s what Latisha has to say about it:
“So why am I running my 3rd race with Team OneVerse? I think that it’s important that everyone has a Bible in their own language. It’s so difficult for me to imagine not even hearing about Jesus, but there are so many people out there who never even hear His name or they don’t hear about Him until they are older. I just want to be a part of something that is making a difference in people’s lives and bringing them Hope, so that they can go out and spread the Word too!!
“Why am I willing to meet a “stranger” in Cali for 26.2? It’s weird, because I know that you and I have never met yet you have helped me A LOT… I don’t feel like I’m meeting a “stranger.” I just know that I’m meeting a Sister. As far as the 26.2 in Cali… go big or go home! I like adventures, so why not make it a big one?”
I couldn’t have said it better! Meeting up with Latisha, a sister in Christ who has the same eagerness for the Bible, will be epic and I’m really excited to run the San Diego Marathon together!
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.
I am very excited to announce Team OneVerse’s newest runner and first-time marathoner Scott Gragg! Scott has been a long-time partner with The Seed Company and has been a passionate advocate for Bible translation for over 10 years!
When he realized he could run a marathon and “use a cause to raise awareness and support,” he was excited and jumped right in! Scott will be running the Missoula Marathon in Missoula, Montana, on July 14th. Scott’s fundraising goal is ambitious, but also very personal. He shared, “I turn 41 in February, so I would like to set up a fundraising goal of $4,100.”
For the past 10 years, Scott’s family has supported a high-sensitivity project that is translating the New Testament for the Bella people group. To donate to his fund-raising cause (and give him a pretty awesome birthday present!), be sure to do the following:
1. Go to https://www.theseedcompany.org/give
2. In the box marked “Project,” leave “Where most needed” as the option.
3. Specify the amount you’d like to donate and fill in the form.
4. In the “Comments” box, include “Scott Gragg, Bella NT.”
Scott’s favorite verse is Romans 8:37, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Please pray and donate so the Bella people group will know His love the conquers all!
If you go for runs after work, at the park, with a friend downtown, or anywhere that you typically have to hold onto your car key, there are more options than tying it to your shoe or holding it! You’ll especially like this if you have an especially thick key and aren’t sure how to keep track of it. Tying that kind of key to your shoe is annoying anyway — makes you feel like one foot is heavier than the other! So check this video out for a solution.