Dave VanEpps’ Fundraising Page
January 01, 2020 to December 31, 2021
I became a marathoner/triathlete when I was grossly out of shape and lacked any tangible experience in swimming, biking, or running. In my mind, it was a really bad idea. However, I prayed a simple but dangerous prayer, "God, reveal your will for my life, and let me obey." I felt God nudging me to step out of my comfort zone, and while I wanted nothing more than to say no, I surrendered to His call.
Fast forward seven years, and I've run a dozen marathons and completed the Ironman triathlon six times. Not because of my strength but rather because of how God used His strength in my weakness. More importantly, I've been able to use the platform of endurance sports to share God's love with other endurance athletes of all ages. All while raising money for the Hope Water Project to build wells in Kenya.
This year God is nudging me to again step out of my comfort zone. I've signed up for a 50-mile run on May 8, which honestly scares me. While I don't know if I can do this on my own, I do know that "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me" (Phil 4:13). I've also signed up for Ironman #7 in October.
I'm looking to again raise money to support our under-resourced brothers and sisters in Kenya, of which several are children whom Charlotte and I sponsor. We view them as "our kids" as well, and it breaks our hearts to see their living conditions - without access to clean water, without basic sanitation, and where food/water are a daily struggle. They don't have the resources to change their situation; we do.
I'm asking and praying for your support in any way, shape, or form possible. I appreciate the moral support as I train/race, I appreciate the spiritual support as you pray for my journey, and I appreciate any financial support you're able to provide. Thank you and God bless you.