I am running the Shamrock Half Marathon on March 17th. My main motivation to run this race is to raise money for Nicaraguan Orphans.
My story began in 2009. I had to decide between a misssion trip to Nicaragua for 10 days or a national field hockey tournament. I was the "field hockey" girl and this was the year where I would be getting college offers. I decided against the field hockey college career, and just knew that Nicaragua was where I needed to be. Well, after months of convincing my parents that Nicaragua was safe and would be a good experience, I finally went to Nicaragua. Instead of me only serving the orphans, I was surprised to see the kids serving me. I began relationships with these kids that would prove to be the most meaningful and influential relationships i would ever have. These kids and the people of Nicaragua showed me a new definition of happiness, joy and peace. The day I returned from this first mission trip, I knew my life would never be the same. Three years later, I have taken up leaderships positions through a club called Nicaraguan Orphan Fund at JMU and have traveled to Nicaragua 5 times. I spend much of my time and energy serving, praying, and fundraising for kids of Nicaragua. My entire story can be summed up in one verse from the New Testament. In John 14:18, it says "I will not leave you as Orphans, I will come to you." My next step in this journey of fundraising for kids of Nicaragua is running in a half-marathon on the weekend of March 17th. It is my hope that you will join me through this next step and help me reach my goal of raising $1,000. Thank you for taking time to read my story and I pray that you will have the opportunity to make your own story like this for somewhere like Nicaragua, somewhere else in the world, or even right in the same community where you live. God Bless You and God Bless Nicaragua, always and forever.
*I am so thankful and blessed that the word is being spread farther than just on a Facebook group and a fundraising website. So, here is a BIG thank you to the Williamsburg Virginia Gazette for showing interest in my story and in Nicaragua. The following link is the article that was written!