5K For Orphans

5K For Orphans

By Desi Stephens-

Phase one of our backyard improvement project has surpassed its $12,000 target, thanks to a recent 5K For Orphans sponsored by the Orphan Care Ministry of Eastview Christian Church of Normal, Illinois.

The church’s first annual run to raise money for orphan care on July 30 attracted more than 500 registered participants, including 245 runners.

Others took part in a one-mile walk and a “fun run” for children 9 and younger.

“We love being able to help out with the backyard project,” says race director Irene Shaw, part of an eight-member mission team that visited Dorie’s Promise last March. “We want children to have a safe place to play. With international adoptions cut off, most of them will grow up there.”

Between entry fees and several donations, the 5-K raised $7,000. In addition, Eastview collected 300 pairs of shoes that will be donated to the Soles4Souls ministry. The church requested that the shoes be sent to Guatemala.

Prior to the run, we had raised $10,000 for landscaping and a picnic shelter.

Work got underway last week, with completion planned for early September.

Eastview’s efforts have also boosted our phase two initiative. That phase—which will include installation of swings, a sandbox and play structures—will cost $10,000. The timeline for completion depends on the progress of fund raising.

The 5K was the first fundraiser sponsored by the Orphan Care Ministry, which started earlier this year.

The group reviewed several other possibilities before deciding to dedicate the race proceeds to Dorie’s Promise.

Besides Irene, who has adopted two children from Korea, co-leader Lisa Kindred has adopted three children—two from Guatemala. Their visit raised Irene and Lisa’s awareness of our mission, helping them to see what we do and the needs around us.

“It was an eye-opener,” Irene says. “We loved spending time there and going into the community and seeing conditions in the ghetto and the dump. We love the way Desi and the others care for the children at Dorie’s Promise and reach out to care for those in the community too.”

Irene and Lisa aren’t the only ones who have developed a heart for our ministry. Last spring their daughters, ages 12 and 11, started Guatemalan Jewels, with all the profits going to Dorie’s Promise. So far, their business has raised $200.

In addition to raising funds, at its 5-K Eastview distributed brochures about our orphanage to all participants and put sponsorship cards on display tables.

While no new sponsors have signed up yet, Irene would like to see that: “We talked about it at the race and had a lot of people going by the table. So, we’re hoping some sponsorships will come out of that.”

Such impressive results show how God can use an effort in a college town of 70,000 people to touch the world.

Photos By: Knight Light Photography