When you run, you will be raising money to pay for afterschool programs for the Multi-National Ministries' children. (something we really, really need :)
This is a WONDERFUL run...especially for families :) There is easy & fast parking. And with so many different age divisions and prizes, there is much more of a chance for your little runner to win one!!
After the run, come inside to the cool air conditioning and enjoy super post-race food and a concert. You could be a winner of one of the dozens of door prizes! And --- don't forget all of the race awards that will given out!!
Hope to see you Saturday the 14th and thank you for supporting MNM :) Please share and invite your friends!!
Post Race Thoughts . . .
A few years ago right after running in the HOPE 5K, Thanh Phuong Pham (a Vietnamese girl who grew up at MNM) wrote down her post-race thoughts. She wrote metaphorically about ‘running your own race’ of life and finishing well. These words of hers were published in the Multi-National Ministries newsletter.
When she realized that her article was going to be printed in the newsletter, she was overwhelmed and giggled, “I feel like I am famous!”
Tragically, two weeks later Thanh finished her own race.
Thanh was one of those special people who consistently affected & changed those she met and her community for the good. There really are not enough words or examples to adequately explain this. (And, she was a pretty good photographer as you can see by her creative selfie!)
We watched her grow in beauty and in her faith. She graciously gave her laughter and leadership to the younger Multi-National Ministries kids and she earned the respect of all the MNM and her school's staff. We continue to pray for her family and friends who are still struggling with the tragedy of the car accident and with missing her so much. Thanh Phuong believed in God—in the One who loved us all...the whole world ...enough to die and live for us. She is with her God now.
To our sweet Thanh Phuong...You finished well. Thank you for everything
Here are Thanh's last words to us:
"I might have been faster than some people, slower than some others...but I DIDN’T give up. I kept running, jogging, power walking, walking, skipping, crawling, swimming...or whatever I did… and I NEVER STOPPED pressing forward. I ran MY race. You should run YOUR race. · There will ALWAYS be someone slower than you or faster than you. · There will ALWAYS be someone better than you in a particular sport and you might be superior to others in other sports. · There will ALWAYS be someone smarter or someone not as smart as you. · There will ALWAYS be someone better than you are at cooking or you might be the best chef in town. · There will ALWAYS be someone better at playing video games than you and you might be dominating compared to other players. · There will ALWAYS be someone better looking that you and you might be prettier or more handsome than others. · There will ALWAYS be someone who will have finer clothes than you and you might have clothes that you don’t like, but you’re better off than those who need them. You just have to accept the gifts that you have now—what you are like and the things that you already own. I am blessed to be made in the image of God. 'The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.' 1 Samuel 16:7 P.S. And about not stopping during the race...Just kidding! I did stop once—to take a picture—lol! But even if I did stop, I picked myself back up and kept going toward the finish line. You just have to keep on moving in the right direction. It’s not how you run your race. . . It’s that you FINISH!"