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I’ve always wanted to ride in a bobsled. 90 mph with a primitive braking system? Oh yeah. Then there is the skeleton. Suicide on a sled. Might give that a try. Go ahead and call the ambulance for me though. The last time I rode a sled on ice, I found out how secure the fence was in the ground.

The few weeks the Olympics are playing really do a lot, at least briefly, to unite our country and slow us down a bit. I think it is cool when we get to share the emotion and pride as the national anthem plays and medals are received. We are at the midpoint and it looks like our team will return with lots of accomplishments…personal bests…and no regrets.

On the home front our family has not been in any Olympic competition, but we certainly have been in a marathon of sorts. With one visit left we feel we are extremely close to confirming a decision as to where we will get the honor to serve kids in a houseparent capacity. This probability is hitting home as we mentally prepare for the tasks we must get done before any such move occurs. We will have no regrets and look forward to marking our progress and future adventures on this blog.

If you’re following along, please let us know. This medium will likely be the best source of “What’s going on with the Oswald’s?” that is available. Save the link. Follow the blog. And most of all, continue to pray for favor in our meetings and for clarity of direction in our decisions, especially in the next few weeks.

One last thing, where can I find a bobsled? I feel the need for speed.

If you’ve been a regular at this blog, you’ll know I’ve followed two great organizations from time to time and given you some brief updates.

I’m pleased to report that the Across Mongolia Expedition successfully completed running 1500 miles across the country of Mongolia last month. They were able to generously help an orphanage and take time to feed hundreds of children along the way. They are currently working on the creation of a documentary about the journey to inspire others to live their lives strong to the finish. To check out an update, visit strongtothefinish.com.

The Pearl House launched it’s adventure of rescuing girls off of the streets of Ghana a few months back. Looking at their blogs, it appears like they have grown leaps and bounds to about 20 girls which have now started school. Many of them had a hard time with English at first, but the skills are coming along nicely. Recently, they got to meet one of the founders of the organization. I won’t spoil it, but even I had a tear or two reading about the encouter. Check out their updates here, at thepearlhouse.org.

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!!!!

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!