Melvin Allen punching lap tickets and Nathaniel Strub headed off around the track. Photo by Sarah Strub

Article by Pastor Jerome Ellard, New Beginnings Christian Fellowship

The Wednesday Night Gathering youth normally meet at New Beginnings Church, but September 27TH was different. The venue was the Big Sandy School football stadium track. The reason was to raise funds for two great causes: The National St. Jude Children’s Hospital Run/Walk to End Childhood Cancer and the Truman W. Smith Children’s Care Center in Gladewater, Texas.

New Beginnings challenged the fifty-young people to be a Force4Good by completing as many laps on the track as they could in twenty minutes! After a light sack-lunch supper, they gathered on the track and took off! They carried a 3×5 card with them, which adult members of New Beginnings punched each time they completed a lap. The adults cheered them on and the kids did not disappoint. When the cards were tallied, the youth had run or walked 253 laps, or over 63 miles.  The church pledged to donate $1 per lap and several corporate and individual sponsors committed to pledges that brought the total raised to over $1000!

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Two Rivers Grocery, Austin Bank, First National Bank, SFG, Mayor and Mrs. Parsons, Grower’s Source and Neil McIver (who ran 5 laps himself, donating a generous amount per lap.)  And extra special thanks to Big Sandy ISD for the use of their excellent facilities! The young people were reminded that, as Jesus said in Matthew 25, “Whatever you do for the least of these, you’ve done for Jesus!”  Thanks to our young people and our community, you all are definitely a Force4Good!