Cause-based running isn’t a new trend. In 2012, U.S. runners raised $1.2 billion for nonprofit organizations. According to this 2017 report, 9+ million UK residents used running as a fundraiser for their favorite charity.
If God’s gifted you to run for a cause, consider partnering with Sudan Support Network in 2020.
SSN teams up with athletes to raise support and awareness for Gospel work among Sudan’s Beja people group. SSN’s race focus isn’t average; it’s more than a 5k “fun run,” SSN’s Norman Johnson tells MNN. Through its S4J initiative, SSN teams with runners competing in South Africa’s Comrades Marathon and other events.
“The Comrades Marathon, 89 kilometers, is one of the premier ultra-marathons in the world,” Johnson says. “It’s predicted that the 27-and-a-half thousand entries will go in four days.”
Running to reach the unreached
Sudan Support Network primarily consists of South African believers, Johnson says, but they “join hands” with Christians worldwide to make a difference in Sudan. Through the S4J initiative – Sudan 4 Jesus – athletes team up with SSN to raise money for projects like corrective eye surgeries, clean water, and more.
“We will never do that (project) as a condition for people to accept Christ. But, if they are touched by the Love of Christ through what happened, we would be delighted,” Johnson says.
“We come alongside those who work directly with [the Sudanese] and we just trust God for the results.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth