Dec200713

I just finished watching a movie called ‘God Grew Tired Of Us.’ If you have not seen it, it should be your next rental. Simply beyond words. It was about a man named John Dau, who was at age 14 a ‘Lost Boy’ of Sudan. Taken from his website (http://www.johndaufoundation.org/):

National Geographic writes, “Dau is one of the thousands of African males in Southern Sudan attacked in the 1980s and ‘90s by the Arab Sudanese government in the north. For 16 years, Dau was either on the run—from the Arab militia and the Sudanese Army, from wild animals, from starvation and thirst—or living in refugee camps.”Even while he was still just a boy himself, John dedicated himself to saving others, becoming a caregiver to younger children, helping them dodge bullets, scavenge for food, and cross the crocodile-infested swamps. In 2001, he was among the lucky chosen to immigrate to the United States, a place he had never heard of until he learned to read at the age of 17. This gift of literacy allowed John to pursue an education, working toward completing a degree in public policy from Syracuse University.Since arriving in the US, John has dedicated himself, heart and soul, to giving back through humanitarian service. With the support of the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, John built and opened the first health clinic in Duk County, Sudan in May 2007.
This really makes you stop and think about things…especially around the holidays, with the hurried life, the rushed feelings we all cannot get away from…have we gotten everyone gifts, are we going to make it to our destinations, will our planes be on time…seeing this movie makes us realize that our ‘worries’, so to speak, are really nothing of the sort. It is tough because it seems so much needs to be done in other parts of the world, and the amounts of money we can donate may not be much, but it can add up. It just made me re-think some of the ‘remaining gifts’ I have left, as you can donate to these organizations in others behalf. If nothing else, rent the movie and see it for yourself. It will really get you to thinking, about what is truely important in life. When we think that we have it tough or the day is not going our way, we have no idea…this is a good reminder to stop, be thankful and realize that we can help others even if in small ways. Please see this movie for yourself, and also check out these websites as well.
http://www.iwashungry.org/ (You can get a gift card as a gift here)
Each one of these is tied in with one of the men from the movie ‘God Grew Tired of Us,’ and is an extension of what they have done since having had the opportunity to come to America. Look them over yourself and pass on the word to others as well. ‘Tis the season of giving. 🙂
Oct200729

Sunday morning I ventured out to Circle C swimming pool/neighborhood here in Austin to watch the IronKids triathlon. How cool this was, kids ages 6-14 were out there participating in an organized triathlon, all of relatively short distances but definitely enough to show them what triathlon is about and allow them to be a part of an ever-growing sport. And what better way for kids to spend their Sunday morning than outside being active? I have a picture here of myslef and 9-year-old Colleen Pletcher, who is Tim Pletcher’s oldest daughter (of Source Endurance). She was grinning ear-to-ear as she did her 100 yard swim, 3 mile bike and 600 meter run. She plugged along in her little pink Zoot 2-piece swim suit and her mountain bike, though I think she may be big enough for a kids road bike soon…as she made the turn for her last lap in the pool, she looked up at us and smiled! Was so cute. Great job to Colleen and all the other IronKids out there, including Nick Bannon’s little 6-year old boy Joshua, I believe that was his name…just 6 years old out there doing it! Keep it up little ones…and keep having fun at it, that’s the ultimate goal.

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