Kristy Everard from Detroit is the third runner in our series. Read the challenging story that brought her to God and to Team World Vision, and the God-sized goal that she's running toward!
Have you ever heard the nursery rhyme, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider"? Well, was the spider. Life was the water spout. I hadn't been climbing long before the top of the spout was in sight: wonderful husband, amazing two-year-old daughter, beautiful home on a lake, baby on the way, emerging relationship with God. It couldn't get much better.
Then the rain came down. Only, it was more like a torrential downpour that had its sights set on me and the things I cherished.
In a matter of 15 minutes, my husband was gone, my daughter was clinging precariously to life, and I was sprawled out at the bottom of the spout not sure if I could manage the climb again.
What was supposed to have been a short but fun boat ride shared by just my husband, Jim, and our daughter, Abby, turned into a nightmare. Somehow, they both somehow ended up in the water. Abby was wearing a life jacket and was rescued by a couple in a paddle boat. She spent some time in the PICU, but made a full recovery. Jim wasn't so lucky. With the water temperature at 41 degrees and lacking a life jacket, he tragically drowned before help could get to him.
My daughter was discharged from the hospital on April 5, 2011. Jim was buried on April 7th. I sold my beautiful home in June and gave birth to my second daughter on September 19th. I had no choice but to start the slow climb again. I was scared. I was hesitant. I needed God. I started attending Northridge Church in October 2012.
In January of 2013, the church started recruiting runners for the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon. Bacteria-infested water was killing kids, and it was the hope of Northridge that by partnering with Team World Vision, we could do something to help. The simple act of running could raise money that would provide safe drinking water for communities in Africa.
I lost my husband to water, and here was an opportunity for me to do something that would keep water from taking more innocent lives.
My slow climb turned into a run. I ran for Jim. I ran for the kids in Zambia. I ran for God. I ran for water. I ran for life.
This October, I will again be running the Detroit Half Marathon. That's 13.1 miles! My goal is to raise $1,000 per mile for a total of $13,100! That's a God-size goal to be sure. I'm confident, however, that with God's grace, earnest prayer, and a lot of support it is attainable.
I will continue to run and I will continue to climb!
A $50 donation will bring clean water to one person for life. Join Kristy in saving lives and reaching her God-sized goal!