100 miles for Safe Harbor

Tonight I embark on a 100 mile journey on my Epic V8 surf-ski.   By 7 p.m. tomorrow evening, I hope to have completed at least that distance.

If you’d like to join,
it’d be a great time to view
the weekend’s super-moon.

However, to tell the truth, and in the world of ultra-marathon distance canoeing and kayaking, it is by no means impressive. The Guinness world record for a 24 hour paddle is 279 miles on a river and 150 miles on flatwater. And just last year, West Hansen and his crew paddled 4,225 miles down the Amazon river in only 114 days!

Nonetheless, what is more impressive is the work of Safe Harbor of Chester County.   For over 20 years, they have provided services to people in need in my local area, such as food, overnight shelter to 40 people, friendship, and counseling and recovery opportunities. Their goal is to “help rebuild lives and life skills, reestablish self-esteem, and help people overcome the issues that prevent them from leading independent, productive lives.”

Glenn, Gina, Kim, Alicia, and the rest of the awesome staff are doing excellent and much needed work to help the West Chester community!

Tonight and tomorrow I will be doing what I enjoy – kayaking. Yes, I enjoy even trying to kayak ridiculously long distances. It’s okay – I’ve been called crazy before.

But ultimately this is not for me. As a Christian, I must do my best to follow Christ’s great commandment found in the gospels – love God and love your neighbor. And in Colossians, Paul implores, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

What I am doing is only a one day event designed to point the community to our neighbors at Safe Harbor. It is so that the staff of Safe Harbor can greater love anyone who stops by, at any time, who says they are in need.

It is so that we can love our neighbors.

So today I ask you to join me in helping Safe Harbor by sponsoring me with a donation to this great organization.

Thank you for your support! And in advance, thank you for your prayers as I paddle tonight and all day tomorrow.

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