The Faster Pastors are at it again, and Gus is on the team! We are running the Flaming Foliage Relay from Idaho Springs to Buena Vista the second weekend in September.
While we have a great time running together, there is a bigger reason that we run. Each year the Faster Pastors use this relay to raise awareness of social issues, crises, and disasters around the world.
This year we are raising money for Lutheran Disaster Response focused on the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe.
Check out the information about the relay and the refugee crisis below.
In the last year, a record number of people have fled unimaginable conflict and war in Syria. Many Syrians have found refuge in one of the largest refugee camps in the world, the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. Among them is Louie, 19, and his family. While the majority of his family wants to go back to Syria, Louie has other ideas. “I think it’d be very difficult to go back to Syria,” Louie says. “I just want to go somewhere that is safe, where I can make a life for myself.”
Louie and a business partner have a barbershop in the Za’atari camp. Having already had some experience working in a salon, he eagerly accepted when given the opportunity to participate in the barber classes offered through a life-skills training program. This program is made possible in part through gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response in partnership with The Lutheran World Federation.
Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response are providing life skills to people like Louie but are also providing protection, shelter, education, basic relief, water and sanitation to thousands of refugees living in the Za’atari camp.
For Louie, your gifts have helped him provide for his family and have given him a chance to make a life for himself when he’s somewhere safe, wherever that may be.
Yes – it really does go over 3 passes
No – I don’t run the whole way, I run legs 5, 15 and 25 (right before exchanges 5, 15 and 25).
It takes us about 30 hours to finish the relay, so that does mean that I run in the middle of the night!
If you would like to donate: