Why are we running?
A group of pastors passionate about planting churches recently spent time in rural Ecuador experiencing the wonderful people and the challenging circumstances that families in abject poverty are facing in these regions. Together they began to dream of a way to help break the cycle of poverty and scarcity for children and their families. Out of that was birthed the idea to come together and run a half marathon together and seek to raise $87,000 to plant a church and Compassion Center that would help do just that. On Sunday, October 16, they will arrive from churches coast to coast to run together in Columbus, Ohio for Loja, Ecuador.
We Run for Loja, Ecuador
In Loja, a town of 448,996 (44,203 of whom are four years old or younger) and where the average worker makes on average $150 a month, the area pastors have been committed to planting evangelical Christian churches in each of the 16 communities that make up the city. To date, there are six.
These pastors are focused on the goal, not the struggle. They know that if they reach the goal, and Christ is known by more and more people, then the very real struggles of domestic violence, alcoholism, incest, child labor and slander will fade … and a new “normal” will be completely redefined in that neighborhood.
This is your story, too.
When a new church is planted in Loja, Ecuador, it will bring change. It will bring hope. We have seen dumps where kids used to live off other peoples’ trash, converted into healthy communities in a single generation.
We can do this. But we can't do it alone. We need you.