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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.

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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.

Pearl House

The preparation continues for the Color Run with several different activities to burn calories…from jogging, to softball drills, to dancing in the living room to music.  Amber and Michael won’t be in the race, but they have definitely been finding ways to be active.  I think I startled Amber doing the Harlem shake…or something like it, last night while her and Michele were goofing off.  🙂

Don’t forget to head over the Across Mongolia and see what you can do to help the orphans of that country.

Another great organization that we want to raise awareness for is The Pearl House.  In a similar situation as Mongolia, Ghana girls are left to fend for themselves on the streets.   Every day, girls arrive in the capital city of Accra due to trafficking, pursuit of a better life, and economic peril. Thousands of these girls pilgrimage to the city, willingly and unwillingly, hoping for a better life than was afforded them in their villages. However, when they arrive, their dreams do not await them; instead, their lives become a nightmare of primal survival on the streets.

This is where The Pearl Housepearl is stepping in to make a change for the better.

The Pearl House is on a mission to provide a refuge (home) for these girls and give them an opportunity for a better life through meeting physical needs, providing education, and giving them what they need…love and hope.

Currently, they are raising capital to get the very first house established.  At last I checked, they were well on their way to achieving that goal.  It is their desire to raise up a string of Pearl Houses all across the continent of Africa.  This is no small task.

So how can I help?  I’m glad you asked.

Volunteer – They need help with a number of tasks and are looking to network with people to accomplish their goals.  One of these is a major fundraiser in Tulsa, OK scheduled for November at the Renaissance Hotel.

Organize a Fundraiser – The Pearl House has several campaign opportunities available where you can host a luncheon or event…or choose a creative way to help raise funds for the organization.

Shop – Who doesn’t like to shop?  Well, I don’t but I would do it if the funds went to a great cause.  Check out the website for more info.

Generously Donate – The mission has several very pointed goals such as paying for a year’s rent of a house to get started immediately, furnishing the home, building a permanent residence, school books, teachers, and underwriting the Harvest event in November.

So, now it’s time for action.  Go check out The Pearl House now and plug in to changing the course of children’s life across the globe.

Running for Orphans

So I announced that Michele and I will be running in the Color Run on April 20. That’s a great start for an adventure. For now, Amber and Mike will be coming along for the ride, but won’t be running. But never fear. They will be adventuring soon!

So, here is my favorite part. YOU CAN PARTICIPATE TOO!!!

No, you don’t have to run. But what you can do is donate to a few missions that we have personal connections to. Our mission with this adventure is to raise awareness for two great organizations. Our desire is to see more people learn about what these folks are doing to make a difference in our world…and to see each organization receive financial support.

Michele and I will not be collecting money. What we want you to do is to visit the websites of the two groups we’ve chosen and get involved through prayer and financial support. We’ll bring you short updates on the blog from time to time and highlight some of their mission and needs. Why? So you can meet the needs!

Both groups have a central mission to assist children who live on the streets. Each one has a goal to rescue these kids and see them grow up knowing that somebody cares and that they can have a better quality of life. Read more about the mission and vision of both organizations below and then GET INVOLVED! DONATE! PRAY!

THE PEARL HOUSE
http://www.thepearlhouse.org/

AME 2013 – Strong to the Finish
www.acrossmongolia.com

Running. I did a lot of it growing up. I ran in baseball. I ran as a part of a workout…and in my college years I think I skated more than I ran. I definitely skated more than I studied. Then, it all started to slow down. I went from the single dude who had all the time in the world to eat, sleep, workout, party, and eat some more to a person with responsibility. I had to get a job. Unfortunately, it was a sit-down-all-day job. I ran into a gorgeous girl and decided to marry her. We celebrate 12 years in a few weeks. Suddenly, my early 20’s body was encountering the evolution of life, yet I treated it like I could still eat anything. Yes, Amber and I worked out from time to time, but neither one of us could keep it going. We had run head first into – adulthood. I could still survive a few pickup games of hockey and keep up with an athletic challenge or two…but the high fitness level was fading…and fast.

About 5 years ago, a friend challenged me to join him on a summer afternoon for a 5k stroll at the park. I said game on! I can do this…it killed me. I hurt for days afterward. I could no longer keep up. Taking that as a challenge, I began running again on a regular basis, eventually competing in several 5k events. I was improving so much that I decided to try a 15k. I was ahead of schedul on my training when I allowed a work assignment to derail my progress…that was the beginning of the end for my running. I had no excuse, but I allowed the circumstance to kill my health.

It wasn’t until recently that I picked running up again. It was the health of my family that became the motivation.

Therefore, I am excited to announce that our first adventure will be a 5k. Michele and I will be running in the Color Run on April 20.

How will this involve me as a blog follower of Ozzie Adventures? Stay tuned and find out!