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Trinity Hosts 5K-Run/ Walk To Support Mission Work


The Trinity Christian Center of Zion held a 5K-Run to help raise funds for a missionary trip to Bogota, Columbia. They plan to visit The Children's Vision International, Inc. orphanage where children are taken off the street and provided food, clothing, medical care, education, a home, hope, and a future. For many, the orphanage is a way out of poverty. Through the 5K-Run, the church raised about $4,000 for the trip.

"Our team will partner with Children's Vision International to help the destitute children of Bogota who are at risk," says Lizel Granada, one of the organizers for the event.

Winners of the 5K-Run were Ryan Hughett ( Time: 19:52.9) and Taylor Lindblad (Time: 25:11.0).

According to church leaders, Pastors Tim and Judy Eddy will be joining the team of about 23 church members on the trip to Bogota. They plan on leaving the weekend of August 17 and will be gone for about a week.

According to Granada, Jeanne Thecke-Sanderson started the mission in 1998. Jeanne saw a child in a cardboard box, left to fend for herself. Jeanne had compassion and took the child in. Jeanne was only in her 20's, but her compassion beckoned beyond her age and she began helping other children. This is how the mission grew. Some children that they have helped have come to America and been educated and have gone back to help the organization.

Children's Vision International provides Humanitarian Aid and relief projects to Columbia and through the world. They provide, in Bogota, 600 nutritious meals and snacks a day, as well as groceries to families in need. They network with other healthcare providers to give care, such as vaccines, dental, optometry, and surgeries. They operate 24-hours, and 365 days a year.

The Trinity Christian Center will join forces on the ground with Children's Vision International and provide hands on support and help in their missionary work during the week that they will be there.

- Elroy Reed


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