We all have things we are passionate about. Those areas we could talk for hours about. Two of my passions are running and missions. I’m way excited that those two things are being combined this weekend. Globe Hope is doing their annual 5K this weekend at the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds. Globe Hope is the humanitarian part of Globe International a missions agency based in Pensacola. Globe Hope works with missionaries in Nicaragua, Kenya, Costa Rica and Honduras.
There mission is to:
- Save Lives
- Serve Needs
- Empower Lives
Currently, their program serves over 280 impoverished children in 4 countries in children’s homes (orphanages and foster homes) and educational programs. Their goal is a safe, healthy and nurturing Christ-centered environment where every child can embrace life and discover his or her purpose
Saving Lives. Serving Needs. Empowering People.
Why am I so passionate about this run and spreading the word about this run? 14 years ago I took my 1st trip to Nicaragua to work with a Sandy Carter, a Globe Missionary. I fell in love with the country and its people. So much so that 3 years later I moved there for 4 months and worked in the orphanage there.
During my 1st trip is 2001, I went with a group from a church in Atmore, AL. We were there for about 10 days. While we were in Managua, we went to the different feeding programs they had at the time. We feed them and got a chance to share Jesus with them. One of the feeding programs was in the dump. Talk about eye opening, people living and working in the dump. The rest of the trip was spend in Jinotega, about 3-4hrs away from Managua. Sandy has an Papageno there, most of the kids at the time were between the ages on 5-18. We painted fences, built a chicken coop, did devotions & played with the kids. Played lots of soccer.
I loved it so much I wanted to go back. I started raising support and I left in September 2004 for 4 months. This time I was going by myself. I lived up in the orphanage in Jinotega with the kids. Many of them I remembered from my last trip. I helped teach English and helped with the daily routine. It was a challenge being the only American up there, but so much fun. Over Christmas, a family from NC came to visit. We were able to take the kids to Managua for a few days for a special treat. We stayed at the property Sandy was building as an Infant orphanage. It’s been awesome to watch some of the kids grow up & many of them I still keep in contact with.
I would love to go back and visit. Sandy now has the orphanage in Jinotega and a orphanage just outside of Managua. That home is for newborns up to six years old. They are always growing. Check out Sandy’s ministry Children of Destiny.
This is why I was excited when my friend Rebekah asked if I wanted to be on the planning committee for this race. As I was thinking about it yesterday the thought came to me I should have written a blog. Well better late than never.
The race is this Saturday at the Pensacola Fairgrounds. Lots of fun things planned. After the race we will be cooling off with water slides and snow-cones. There will be door prizes, including a change to win a Kindle Fire. You can register for the race here. I’m hoping and praying for a great turnout on Saturday. See you on the race course.