Campaign: 2021 Grand Rapids Marathon
Team: 2021 Daybreak

John  VanLaan

ONE FOR THE THUMB! This is my fifth year running with Hopewater International Team Michigan - West and I am training for my 6th Marathon to raise money and awareness to bring clean water to Villages in Sierra Leone, West Africa! Why worry about people so far away when we have problems so close to home? Great Question and I agree we have work to do right here as well and we must work hard to help, however the good people of Sierra Leone are no less God’s people and although we have accomplished great things over there the need to help bring clean water to even more villages is huge! So why do I run? Health? YES. Weight loss? YES. To be the reason others don’t give up? YES. To inspire? YES. To provide clean water to those who do not have it? YES. To be a beacon of light during dark times? YES. Most importantly, because God has called me to do this? YES. Will you help by partnering with me to help answer God’s calling by providing clean water to his people? Please say YES! Thank you partners!

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