Faster, higher, stronger

LEFT: Lopez Lomong shares with students at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington. (Photo: Lindsey Minerva/World Vision)

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Steve Haas speaks on behalf of World Vision about the important issues that affect communities and churches, offering ways for his audiences to make a difference in the global arena.

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    [Spoiler Alert] Lopez Lomong runs for Team USA in the men's 5000 meter final

    SPOILER ALERT: If you do not yet want to know the results of Lopez Lomong’s final race, stop reading now.

     

     

     

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    Team USA's Lopez Lomong ran the men's 5000 meter final and placed tenth with a time of 13:48.19.

    Great Britain's Mohamed Farah won gold with a time of 13:41.66. Dejen Gebremeskel (Ethiopia) took silver with a time of 13:41.98. Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa (Kenya) received bronze with a time of 13:42.36.

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      Stand by your son: The story of Lopez Lomong's mom

      Any mom would be proud to see her son compete in the Olympic Games, but I can’t help but think that for Barb Rogers -- the woman who, together with husband, Rob, adopted Lopez Lomong -- the experience must be especially moving.

      As you may know, Lopez is a former “Lost Boy” of Sudan.

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          [SPOILER ALERT] Lopez Lomong runs for Team USA

          SPOILER ALERT: If you do not yet want to know the results of Lopez Lomong's preliminary race, stop reading now.


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          Competing in round 1 of the men's preliminary 5,000-meter race for Team USA, Lopez Lomong placed 4th with a time of 13:26:16. Hayle Ibrahimov (Ethiopia) came in first place, Isiah Kiplangat Koech (Kenya) placed second, and Mohamed Farah (Great Britain) came in third.

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            Lopez Lomong: "The fourth lap, help me God!"

            In the third part of the Lopez Lomong series, Lopez shares his thoughts as he races at the 2007 NCAA 1500m championships. As he runs, Lopez reflects on the role that running has played throughout his life. Previously, running meant escaping rebel soldiers and the harsh realities of life within a refugee camp. As a student and athlete at Northern Arizona University, he dreams that running will be the key to a better life for the lost boys and the people of South Sudan.

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              PHOTOS: Games that will never make it to the Olympics

              Every two years, the world waits in anticipation for the Olympic Games. It is the height of athleticism, competition, and pride in one's country. For athletes who compete in the games, this event can be the realization of dreams or the disappointment of a lifetime.

              All of this fanfare, built around games.

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                Lopez Lomong: September 11, the day I became an American

                In the first installment of the Lopez Lomong series, we shared Lopez's terrifying experience of being ripped away from his parents by rebel soldiers at the age of 6.

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                  Lopez Lomong's childhood story of terror

                  Today's post is the first in a series that recounts the life story of Lopez Lomong, who will run with Team USA in the London 2012 Olympics, with dreams of bringing home a gold medal.

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                    The fatherless epidemic

                    Today's post comes from World Vision blogger Matthew Paul Turner, who traveled to Bolivia on our blogger trip last August to experience the work of World Vision and the impact of child sponsorship. Here, he shares one of his encounters from that trip -- and how it changed his perspective on the idea of fatherhood.

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