Meet Mark Coughlin, lead pastor of Immanuel Church of Forest Lake. He and his wife Vicki have served at Immanuel for the past 20 years. As you can see, Mark is also a runner and has participated in Team World Vision. More about that in a bit.
Two years ago, Mark was part of the 2011 trip team that traveled to Kivuruga, Rwanda.
Meeting the Kivurugan child that Mark and Vicki sponsor was a trip highlight.
Mark ran in the Twin Cities ten-miler this past weekend as part of the marathon. Running has been a hobby and passion of his since 1976. When asked what inspires him to run, this is what he had to say:
Personally, I started running because my father had a quadruple bypass when he was only 48. I didn’t want to follow in those footsteps. After the initial pain and agony of getting in shape, I found out that I loved running. It gave time for thinking, praying, and it was a great stress reducer. Over the years I’ve enjoyed running at home, on vacation, and in my favorite events. The training is work, but the experience of race weekend is great! Then, when I learned about Team World Vision, it was a perfect fit. It provided a link between two of my passions—running and helping to meet the needs of the less fortunate.
When Mark ran for Team World Vision, a group from Immanuel Church joined him. What a fantastic group effort!
So just what is Team World Vision? Team World Vision is a fundraising arm of World Vision that seeks to provide WAter, Sanitation, and Hygiene programs for Africa—otherwise known as W.A.S.H. When a person signs up to run for a Team World Vision sponsored race, the goal is to raise funds for WA.S.H. Go to www.teamworldvision.org if you’d like to learn more.
This past weekend Team World Vision was part of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. On October 26, TWV will also be a part of the Monster Dash Half Marathon. To sign up for the Minnesota Monster Dash, go to this website again and then hit “Premier Events” under “Join the Team.” Next, click “Minnesota” on the map and then click on “Minnesota Monster Dash.” Of course, this is only possible if you are already engaged in some form of training. If not, you will probably want to wait until next year!
But, here’s another way you can be involved. We’d love for you to consider sponsoring a runner in East Central Minnesota’s Running to Respond effort. So far 23 runners have raised $2,450. Since $50 can provide clean water for the lifetime of one person, this means that 49 children will have clean water for the rest of their lives! Running to Respond is part of the 2013 Minnesota Monster Dash. Why not make a donation today?