Allison Vesterfelt is the editor of Prodigal Magazine and a brutally honest writer about relationships and life. This year she’s turning 30 on May 30th. The event felt significant to her, something she wanted to commemorate, but instead of throwing a party or getting more stuff, she had an idea for something big.
She contacted Bob Goff, author of Love Does and founder of Restore International, an organization that restores justice to those in slave labor. She asked him what he might be able to do with $30,000. He said he could build a classroom for kids in Gulu, Uganda.
So Allison is raising $30,000 for her 30th birthday on May 30th. And she has a brilliant plan for doing it. She’s asking people to participate in a remote 5K run called Love Runs. All it means is that you buy a ticket here for $35, get a tshirt in the mail, then on the 25th, you run or walk in your neighborhood to support the cause.
I love this idea for many reasons. I love it because I’m a runner. I love it because my sister and her family have lived and worked in Gulu, Uganda. And I love it because I’m turning 30 this year as well. I don’t know if I would’ve had this idea in a million years. I would’ve just opted by default for the small table full of presents and cake. I think it’s admirable how Allison rejected the status quo and instead imagined something big and bold.
But now, I love it for another reason. May is the month of the May Summer Shape-Up. Dozens of women have chosen to participate and by the end of the month will be trained and ready to run a 5K. How better to bring this month of hard work to a close than by transforming it into a way to advance God’s kingdom? Kids will now receive an education that they might not have otherwise received.
If you’d like to join Allison in raising money for a classroom in Gulu, Uganda, you can buy a ticket here. For those of you who live in Joplin, I’d like to invite you to join me at 7:00 a.m. on May 25th for Love Runs. Stay tuned for details.