Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Every year, a local network of organizations puts on a race for vulnerable children’s projects. The winners of the 3 age groups get to choose which organization will be awarded their share of the prize money. The event was open to anyone so a large group of adults came to represent their favorite programs. This year, kids and teens from two of our ministries, Casa de la Amistad and Jireh, also signed up to run. While most came to have a good time and support their project, Roberto came to win. After coming in 3rd in his category last year, he was determined to push himself further.
Roberto and his sister joined Jireh after their mother passed away two years ago. Having always excelled in athletics, the 5 km offered a challenge that excited him and he trained hard in anticipation.
As members of the adult category finished the loop and started crossing the finish line, we waited expectantly for the younger competitors to arrive. From blocks away, we could see Roberto’s bright green knee-high socks approaching and he crossed the finish line a full 10 minutes before anyone else in his age group!
When all was said and done, Jireh brought home 1st place in 2 of the 3 age categories and Roberto shared his podium with his friend Monica. Congratulations to our two champions and to everyone else from who came out to support and represent these amazing kids!