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Finish Line…Dead Ahead

Running. One foot in front of the other. Sounds easy, right? I’ve done it many times, usually only a few miles at a time. I might have done 10 once or twice…and maybe sometime I’ll give a half-marathon or even a marathon a go…which brings me to exciting news for the day!

If you have followed for any decent stretch, you’ll know that a great friend of mine has been traveling on foot for nearly 8 weeks now, running over a marathon a day nearly the entire time! Mr. Brian Hunter as of his last update was within around 2-3 days from running across the entire country of Mongolia. That’s 1500 miles. He has endured brutal conditions including heavy rain (of liquid and freezing variety), sleet, snow, mountains, hills, dogs…and the Eastern border is in sight!

What’s the purpose of enduring all of this? To raise awareness for the orphaned in the country. How cool is that? He is an inspiration to many and will be completing his physical journey very soon. Here is the deal. The reason for the journey is far from over. The expedition needs your support for two important things.

Support the children of Mongolia…Brian and his family endured some tough conditions. However, the kids live in conditions far worse than they have. They eat scraps and survive in the sewers of the city just to stay alive in the extreme cold and the extreme poverty. Supporting strongtothefinish.com will help them continue to contribute to these kids on a continual basis.

Support strongtothefinish.com and their film effort…Brian has had a film crew following his adventures. The hope is that a documentary will be made to continue the expedition of helping the children of Mongolia. Go to their website. Explore it. Engage in supporting it. Spread the word!

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So hopefully you have been following the adventures of a great friend of mine, Brian Hunter, as he travels by foot across the entire country of Mongolia. Well, I have a great update that came recently from his wife, Lissa.

“7 running days left!! 240 miles to go…the finish line is almost in sight! Brian is amazing…not a single injury…3 blisters, that’s it! He’s doing 33 miles a day and finishing faster and faster every day. God’s provision is incredible! Frost covered our tent this morning. My coffee from the night before was frozen in my cup at breakfast! Snow forecasted for the next couple of days! Thank you for your prayers!! Please pray us to the finish line and back home! Thank you!”

That’s right, folks. Of the 1500 mile journey, only a fraction remains. This guy is tough as nails, and if I know him well enough, he will probably want to push the last few days further than he has the last several weeks. I have never heard him back away from a physical challenge. The creator of the universe is by his side. He will prevail in this expedition!

Join with me at strongtothefinish.com and acrossmongolia.com and cheer him on. While you’re there, consider contributing to the cause he is running for. Chant with me now….STRONG TO THE FINISH! STRONG TO THE FINISH! STRONG TO THE FINISH!!!!

As you know, we have made you aware of a few global events going on. Both are related, since their goal is to change the course of the next generation in the countries of Ghana and Mongolia…and I’m pleased to say…there has been great progress in both camps!

Let’s take a quick look:

The normal life-cycle for ladies in Ghana is awful, working the streets just to survive…and then birthing children only to see the cycle begin all over again. But not anymore! The Pearl House officially opened its doors to girls! 21 to be exact! None of them have ever slept in a bed. They are getting great education. They have clean clothes. They have 3 balanced meals a day. And best of all have house moms to provide emotional support. To learn more about what is going on and how you can help, check out their webpage at www.thepearlhouse.org.

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On the continent of Asia, another battle is being won one step at a time. The benefactors are the orphans of Mongolia. The Across Mongolia Expedition is continuing as we speak. To date, Brian Hunter has run 677 of 1500 miles. It has been extremely rainy and cold over the past week, but the family and Brian are strong. Of course, that’s the way they roll…Strong to the Finish. To track Brian’s progress and to see how you can help, venture on over to www.acrossmongolia.com.

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1500 Miles on Foot

1500 Miles on Foot

So we’ve been following a great friend over the past few weeks in his recent expedition and quest to run across the entire country of Mongolia. Communication has been minimal because of the task and because of the limited access to the internet. But recently, photos and messages have been popping up more frequently. From the information, towns have been far and few between and I would imagine that internet access has been hard to come by.

Brian Hunter of Strong to the Finish has started his journey to complete 1500 miles. As of the last report, he has covered approximately 350 km which equates to around 210-215 miles. More plainly, around 8 marathon races…with more to come. Why in the world would somebody do this? Great question. There is always a purpose with this guy.

Go and visit acrossmongolia.com to track his progress and like strongtothefinish.com’s facebook page to get the occasional posts. There you can find out about the two projects he is running for that support Mongolia’s orphans. Also, there are opportunities to join him in the journey by sponsoring a mile. Go check it out right now!

Run, Brian, Run

Running.  It’s something I do for exercise from time to time, even though I’m not the best at it.  I’ve even run a few “races” in my day.  However, the only ones I actually won were against my kids.  When it comes to the distance running, I don’t do it to cross the line in first place and beat opponents.  I do it because I want to defeat the voice inside my head that tells me to quit.  I may end the timed race in 327th place, but I will have won every time.

If you’ve followed the blog a while, you’ll know about my friend, Brian Hunter, who has plans to go on a distance run of his own…a 1500 mile run.  I’m sure his body will ask him to quit.  But I know this about Brian.  He won’t quit.  The children of Mongolia will receive all the benefit of his labor, and he will finish strong with every step.

mongoliaThe List, a local television show, recently did a spot on the Across Mongolia Expedition where Brian is expected to run 30+ miles per day for about 50 days.  The physical goal is to cross the entire country, but that is not what this adventure is all about.  The running is to help the orphans of Ulaan Baator have a better life and experience greater love and joy in this life.

Brian has been training hard for a while now, and his official across the landscape will begin on July 15.  The organization is still raising funds for the orphans, so jog on over to the AME website and find a way to make a difference in the children of Mongolia today.

summerThe local gas station has marked their drinks down to under a buck.  Corn dogs are 50 cents.  And I had to pull the blanket up last night because I was freezing!  Nevertheless, with wacky weather and all…IT    IS   HERE…Summer.

Recently, we got back from celebrating my brother’s graduation from college with a Masters in music as well as his law degree from the University of Miami.  He decided to make certain the fun didn’t stop there when this past week he proposed to his long time girlfriend.  She was already a big part of our family.  Now, we can make it official.  Heck, our daughter Michele put a stamp of approval for Melissa a looong time ago.  Now she’ll get her aunt and I’ll have a great sister-in-law.

On the organizational front, the two great causes we have been supporting are well on their way to making a difference in kids lives this summer.  The Pearl House recently posted that they would be sending their first person, Courtney, to live on site last week.  I’m anxious to here their first stories of rescue in the coming weeks and months!

From the Across Mongolia team, I read a post stating that the tickets to and from the country have been purchased.  Brian Hunter has been preparing his spirit, soul, and body for the task set before him.  Last week alone he burned through 70 miles of training.  That’s a total of almost 3 marathons in one week!  But that is nothing compared to the challenge he is set to accomplish this summer.  He’ll be averaging a marathon A DAY beginning in July.  Doing the math, with the 1500 mile track he’ll be enduring,  it comes to just over 57 marathons!  Can any of you put that on your resume?  This dude is a beast and the orphans in Mongolia will benefit greatly from this effort.

Whew!  That is a lot of adventuring!  In closing this post out, I have a challenge for you.  Live dangerously.  Take chances.  Don’t live a life of regret.  Take this summer as an opportunity to make a difference in the world around you locally and globally.  Go buy some drinks for the construction workers down the block.  Finish writing the book (or start one).  Contribute to a cause, either one of the two above or another one.  Remember, there are fellow Oklahomans that could use a hand after the storms.  GO.  LIVE.  ADVENTURE.

attentionWow! A few major projects are definitely taking shape that I am extremely excited about!  Both of them have world changing developments that will impact the trajectory of lots of people!

The first is The Pearl House.  I read recently that they have sent another team over to Ghana that will be making final preparations for the 1st home for girls to be open!  They are soooo close to start rescuing girls off of the streets!  As a matter of fact, their first in country team member will be leaving in about a week to get this party started!  Lots of preparation has happened to get to this point.  Won’t you pray with me right now for the first set of girls that will be in the Pearl House in the next few months?

The second is the Across Mongolia team.  Brian Hunter has been preparing his body with lots of running and endurance training.  It takes a lot of dedication and commitment to get ready for this adventure.  The team leaves in like less than a month if my calculations are correct!  They’ve been selling necklaces and country farm tables recently where the proceeds will go to the cause.  At the same time, they are definitely still looking for individuals to sponsor a mile or partner with them for kids to have warm housing.  Won’t you pray with me right now for the children of Mongolia and for the hope and love that is coming there way?

Both of these organizations are totally rocking it right now.  Children across the globe are about to be blessed abundantly…and it’s because of great people like you contributing to their cause.  Run on over to each of their websites today and see what’s going on.  Make a commitment to improve the lives of children today.

beforecolorWe did it….just over 3 miles of walking/jogging as participants of one of the biggest 5k events in the nation…The Color Run.  We arrived early, hoping to ensure we could get a good starting block and to warm up a bit.  But the warmup wasn’t stretching or light jogging like a normal 5k.  It was a full-on Zumba party.

Michele lasted a bit longer than I did as we fumbled through the many upbeat dance styles of the world.  The time passed quickly and finally it was time to make our way to the start gate.

Let me just say that the folks who put on this event know how to keep you engaged, to keep you partying, to keep you happy.  Normally, you stand around the start gate and wait for the gun.  But here, you toss around beach balls, dance to music, and maybe catch a few freebies falling from the sky…or an occasional early release of color.

The race went well.  We found a few great friends to enjoy the journey with.  To top it all off, we jumped in on a few rounds of the festival where the true color wars begin.  If you’ve seen photos of the event, they do a good job of capturing stills of the action…but do me a favor…at least go to one to experience a color storm first hand.  You won’t be disappointed.

colorrunThis leads me to the final thought.  Why we did it.  Did we do it for fun?  Sure.  Did we do it for fitness?  Sure.  But most importantly, we wanted two great organizations to get a nod…to get a few more people involved in the activity of helping others around the world.  Have you journeyed over to Across Mongolia or The Pearl House?  Have you prayed for them?  Have you contributed toward the need of these orphans?  Hop on board.  Act to help a need instead of just standing by as a spectator.  Be the change you want to see in the world.   You won’t be disappointed.

4 days.  Well actually, 3.5.  What are we cocolorunting down?  The Color Run.  Thankfully, this is a fun race and not a timed race.  Training has been difficult for Michele and I over the past month or so.  We’ve squeezed in time between softball practice and strained tendons.  Even through business and adversity, we will be ready!

As you may have read over the past several weeks, we are doing this race (and many other future adventures) for more than just health reasons.  We are purposely trying to raise awareness for a few awesome organizations where we have friends involved.  Most importantly, we want to help send hope and love through prayer and contributions to orphans in Ghana and Mongolia.

Take a moment to go check out Across Mongolia and The Pearl House right now.  See what they are doing.  Make a commitment to pray for the children they are representing.  Sponsor a mile that will buy coats and vitamins.  Pay for a bed for an orphaned girl.  Make a difference in our world today.

We pray you’ve had a chance to check out Across Mongolia and The Pearl House and take time to contribute to the orphans of Mongolia and Ghana.  If you haven’t, please consider it.

Michael loves holidays…If you know him well enough, you are familiar with his loving, energetic, and entertaining personality…especially when something is exciting.  Very rarely is there a dull moment around our house.  EVERYTHING is an adventure.  “Dad!  I found a big stick!  How old do you think it is?  Do you think a dinosaur chomped it into pieces?”  We know he’s excited about things when he endlessly chatters and creates scenerios.

The last few days have been no different.  Obviously, he has been preparing himself for how he would hunt Easter eggs…how many, what color, and what will be inside…and of course, retelling of the Resurrection as only a seven year old can.

But there is another holiday that it seems he enjoys as much as Christmas and Easter…April Fool’s Day.

He’s a jokester at heart and wants nothing more than to see everybody in the room with a smile on their face…and he’ll keep trying until it happens.  We heard plots of fooling the dog, his sister, and even a plan to trick the teacher.  We’ll see how today’s adventure turns out.