Last weekend, our small group had an awesome opportunity to volunteer at the ComeUnity 6K Race again. It was terrible weather (cold and sleet), but there was still a great turnout of people all walking/running to support a clean water project in Ethiopia. The reason for the 6K instead of the typical 5K or 10K races is because 6K is the average distance that women and children in Africa have to walk each and every day to get their water for their families, which is often VERY dirty and makes them VERY sick. My heart was so full to see these people running and walking in the yucky weather, as the women and children have to walk in terrible weather conditions too. Evan and a lot of the other kids from our small group ran in the .6K childrens race. He was sooo excited and it was a great way for us to talk again about how fortunate we are to have clean water and it provided a very tangible way that we could help make a difference. Here are a few pictures from the day.
At one point during the morning, I was overcome with emotion thinking about what this little lady's life could be like had she remained in Ethiopia and about where we were in the adoption process at this time last year. At the ComeUnity race last year, we had received our referral and were volunteering with this precious little face in our minds, praying and hoping we would have her in our arms soon. And this year, here she is at the race with us. Nothing short of a miracle.
My 2 littles- all bundled and ready for a fun morning :)
Evan and his buddy Riley running their little hearts out :)
So proud of my little guy!
How would you like to drink this dirty water? And even more, walk 6K everyday only to get this water for your family, knowing it will make you sick but having no other option?
Again, so thankful to be a part of this great day! Hoping for better weather and an even bigger turnout next year!!
On a side note- little Zoe is now officially 18 months old, which means she has been home with us for 6 months now! Not a day goes by that I'm not so incredibly grateful for the blessing she is to our little family.