Sweet sweet Virginia.

I would once again like to thank you for following the journey of Running for Eden. I may not be setting a speed-record, but it has been one incredible journey! This week was another week of miles and life lessons.

The following is my daily mileage this week: 52.2, 47.9, 49.4, 29.6, 56.8, 57.9 for a total of 293.8. If this is your first visit to the blog, from the beginning of this journey I made the decision to take every Sunday off as a sabbath.

We began Monday morning about half a mile from the VA border and made it as far as we could in this crazy long state. Thursday was the only big obstacle. I was on the way up 3 ridge wilderness and a lightning storm was just sitting on top of the mountain. I waited it out for about 30-45 minutes, but my body temp started dropping and I made the decision to turn back. This gave me 7 bonus miles for the day 🙂 This was a reminder that God is in control of this journey. Sometimes I begin to think that I am capable of doing this without him. So this week I am thankful for lightning. Turning from the storm did give me a chance for some extra rest that night which I believe played a big role in the mileage on Friday and Saturday. Btw, I’m loving VA! There’s definitely some climbing, but the terrain is so smooth. The Shenandoah National Park was incredible. Getting close to Lynchburg, I got so much love from the ultra running community there, thanks y’all!

Friday came with a surprise visit from my 2 favorite people. It was so awesome to see Amy and Malachi, even if it was only for a few hours. Beth also went home with them after spending 3 weeks with us. I have been extremely thankful to have her here.

Only 724 miles to Springer Mountain GA! What a beautiful sight that will be.

40 days: 1461.3 miles

Here’s something that’s gotten through this journey:

“When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, you have taught me to say it is well, it is well with my soul.”
-Horatio Spafford

Here’s the story of how this song was written, well worth the read.

This hymn was written after traumatic events in Spafford’s life. The first was the death of their only son from Scarlet Fever in 1870. Second was the 1871 Great Chicago Fire which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer and had invested significantly in property in the area of Chicago which was decimated by the great fire). His business interests were further hit by the economic downturn of 1873 at which time he had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the SS Ville du Havre. In a late change of plan, he sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business concerning zoning problems following the Great Chicago Fire. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sea vessel, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford’s daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone …”. Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died.[3]

Bliss called his tune Ville du Havre, from the name of the stricken vessel.[4]


One thought on “Sweet sweet Virginia.

  1. Hey Drew, Amy, and Team – I’m not sure you received the email I sent – one had bounced back, so I’ll leave as a comment. (Not sure how to send the photo)…I am now in Georgia, for the next few weeks, and please know I remember you daily, as you continue running for Eden and all the children. Lena is a special needs child who attends our Village of Eden school. We don’t know what caused her problems, but she cannot talk, cannot walk, and has deformities of hands and feet. But she always has the biggest smile you ever saw! Her mother came to the village several months ago, looking for help, and we talked about sending her for Neurological evaluation – at that time we didn’t have the school open. But then she didn’t come back for a while. The mother Anna, came back a few weeks ago, again looking for help. AT that time, I decided to let Anna work at the school, so now she cleans the school, and the money helps them buy food and other essentials. I told her she could bring Lena to school, so now Lena sits in with the Kindergarten class. She got a school uniform recently and is so proud of it! She can hold a pencil and make some marks on the paper, but we are not sure how much she is understanding, but she loves being a part of the class. The last team that came spent time with her, and she was thrilled, to have the one-on-one attention. We hope to hire a special needs teacher in the future.
    What does God have in mind for Lena? I don’t know, but I know that whatever it is, the plan is also for us – some people might wonder what Lena could ever do in life? What impact will she have? Maybe it is the impact that she will have on our lives at VOE and the lives of the volunteers who come to serve with us. Maybe just the opportunity for us to show kindness and to show Lena how special she is to God. For every step you take, remember Lena and many other children – we do not continue running toward the goal because we hope to heal any physical disabilities but because we are called to bring the LIGHT of Christ to Uganda and the world, to dispel the spiritual darkness…. Keep moving forward. We love you Drew and Amy and love the passion you have for Eden!

    Brenda and the Helping Hands team.

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