As 2019 begins,Christian child development charity Compassion UK is urging people to take the opportunity to think and pray about the things they might want to change in their lives or their goals for the year ahead. This may include resolutions to grow in faith, or to support more missional work, or it could include more personal challenges such as getting fit or losing weight. Many resolutions fizzle out before we even reach Easter, and often a bigger goal can help people stay committed.
If 2019 is the year you are considering taking on a big goal it’s not too late to sign up for the Compassion Muskathlon which is taking place during a week long trip to Rwanda, East Africa, in June 2019.
The Muskathlon is hosted by 4M UK and Compassion UKand aims to encourage participants to find sponsors for children or raise funds to support local initiatives such as building classrooms and toilets.Participants choose from a half, full or ultra-marathon, 120km cycle or 42km or63km walk through the communities for which they are fundraising.
Last year 56 people from across the UK took part in the week-long life-changing adventure challenge in Kenya, which also included spending time with children in Compassion’s Child Sponsorship programme.
65-year-old grandma Denise Pascoe from Cornwall, who is a lay preacher at Trevenson Church in Pool explained her motivation for taking part:
“I have never done any exercise in my whole life, but I was retiring and wanted to give something back. I already sponsor two children through Compassion, however I wanted to see first-hand the difference the charity is making. I know that with Jesus at the centre, Compassion is caring for orphans, widows and the poor – and now that I’m home, that’s not just in my head, but in my heart too.”
Mum of four Debbie Wattis from Coventry (who is featured in this film) could barely walk up the stairs without getting out of breath two years ago, and has now completed two Muskathlon half marathons:
“I’ve learnt that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. That’s who we were, just ordinary people, wanting to stretch out a helping hand for children living in poverty. Completing the challenge worked wonders for my faith. Spiritually, I feel I went with a promise from God that I would succeed. I wouldn’t feel pain and that the heat wouldn’t be a problem. To my amazement, all those things happened. I feel it’s taught me to hear God’s voice and believe it will happen.”
Father-of-two Luke Gratton, who is 38 and from NorthWales, would recommend the challenge to others:
“Definitely step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to live for a cause bigger than yourself. Be prepared for your whole world to be rocked, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s also been important for my kids to see daddy going on an adventure and helping change the lives of others.”
The 2018Muskathlon Challenge raised over £150,000 to provide 1,500 solar lights to Kenyan households, plus an additional 300 children in Kenya are now being sponsored through Compassion UK. The charity hopes the team taking on 2019’s Muskathlon in Rwanda from 21-28 June will have a similar impact on lives there.
To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.compassionuk.org/challenges.