On Sunday, May 6, I am running 13.1 miles in the Pittsburgh Marathon to raise funds for Dirty Vagabond Ministries and I need your help.

In 2011, I ran the Pittsburgh Marathon for Dirty Vagabond Ministries and it changed my life. How? through the fund raising and the event, I met and came to know the founders ot this miraculous ministry, a few of the missionaries and many of the teeneagers they are loving and saving daily. I was also touched by the generosity of the donors who helped me raise over $4,000 in just 3 days! The whole experience brought a joy that has lasted and has brought me back in 2012, even more committed to supporting DVM.

This year, my goal is to raise $13,000 in just this one week leading up to the Marathon. Please read on, please donate and please encourage others to donate by forwarding my email and this page to your friends and family. I hope it will change your life, and I know it will immediately and significantly change the lives of the urban teens served by this unique and awesome ministry.

THE BLESSED BECOME BLESSINGS BY GIVING

WHY ME? Too often we ask this question when we are feeling down or sorry for ourselves - when we are sick or tired, when we have a problem at work or at home, when a loved one is ill or has died, when we have money worries, when we are feeling mistreated or alone, when life's demands overwhelm us or when we feel that God has forgotten us. And, we often bring this "why me" question to God.

WHY ME? But, how often do we ask this question when things are going our way? Why are we so blessed when others are not? Why are we healthy when others are so sick? Why do we have such good jobs when others are unemployed? Why do we have family and friends when others are alone and desperate? Why do we have wealth and beautiful homes when others are poor and homeless? Why do we see, know and feel God when others cannot? How often do we bring THIS "why me" question to God?

SO WHY US? Is it because God likes us more or favors us over others? I believe the answer is that God loves us and trusts us. He trusts us, the blessed, to be blessings. It is written, "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." Hebrews 13:16

WHY ME? This is why I am running again in the Pittsburgh Marathon to raise funds for Dirty Vagabond Ministries. This is why I am offering you the opportunity to be a part of this small miracle - I am trying to raise $13,000 in one week from this Sunday to Marathon Sunday. Please help me with a donation and by encouraging others to donate by forwarding this on. Thank you and may God continue to bless you.

Sincerely,

Joe

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