My Triathlon Dream is On Track

James Ouma
Posted August 23, 2016 from Kenya

I remember the day I arrived at U-Turn and saw the above sign. I keep meaning to work with boys and young men. There are times I end up biting way too much than I can chew. Most times, I feel overwhelmed and want to give up - and walk away from all of it. My work being what it is, it is a journey of faith that is kept intact by prayers.

This year, I decided to raise funds for my work through running half marathons.With time, running became something I enjoyed doing as opposed to being a way of raising funds. As time went by, my running shoes got ruined beyond repair and I wasn't able to run for over a fortnight.

I was also on the verge of kissing my dream of doing a triathlon goodbye when I remembered to ask God for a bike and a new pair of running shoes. That was my prayer this morning. Later on, I left to meet some clients of mine. Then Michael Maranga Owora called to say he had a surprise for me.

Little did I know I would be coming back home with a mountain bike and a new pair of shoes courtesy of Team Tri Fit. After piecing the bike together, I rode for 4 kilometres. I still have lots of things to take care before the triathlon event on September 4th.

Getting the bike and a brand new pair of shoes is the beginning of my new journey. I don't know what God has in store for me, I can't fathom all of it. my imagination is way too limited for it. But I know God has lots of sweet surprises a long the way for me.

I also know He has got my funding needs covered. As I go to bed tonight, I can't help but reflect on God's abounding love, goodness and mercy. Tomorrow, a new journey beckons ahead as I continue pursuing my dream and goal of turning Lifesong Kenya into a self-sustaining organization. ‪#‎ItsDoneinJesusName‬ ‪#‎TheMakingofJimButtons‬ ‪#‎LifesongKenya‬ ‪#‎RunningforMyLife‬

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Jessica Foumena
Aug 26, 2016
Aug 26, 2016

Dear Brother James,

I thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us. GOD has great plan for you. I'm so proud of you. The idea for running to raise funds has also come to my mind recently. I know this is not something we're used to do in Africa. Keep up your dream alive.

Stay blessed.

James Ouma
Aug 26, 2016
Aug 26, 2016

Jessica,

Thanks for reading and for your comments. Running to raise funds isn't an easy thing to do. For me, it stopped being a means to raise funds but to reconnect with myself, my ideas and vision for boys in juvenile prison. Most of the ideas for y writing and work are now coming from running every morning and during the events I take part in.

However, I urge you to go for it and if you need inspiration or someone to compare notes with, feel free to get in touch I am so confident that out efforts will one day pay off.

Regards,

James Ouma