London Marathon 2015
March 4, 2015 •
London Marathon 2015

sam-lomasName: Sam Lomas
Running for: Swaziland WaSH
Click here for Sam’s Giving Page.
I’m Sam, 19 and always on the go. Be it with work, studying, football, church, gaming or just brushing my teeth I like to keep myself busy. Running a marathon is something I have always wanted to do and when the chance to run for Samaritans Purse came up it was too good an opportunity to miss.

As for which part of SP I wanted to support and run for, this was an easy decision for me as a few months earlier I (along with 11 others) had spent 2 weeks in Swaziland visiting all sorts of people, churches and SP projects. Swaziland is a country that chances are you’ve never heard of, it is also a country that you’re likely never to visit. In August 2014 I had the pleasure of traveling to Swaziland on a trip organised by Samaritan’s Purse. I have seen with my own eyes the life changing work SP is committed to. Since projects like the ‘water, sanitation and hygiene’ (WaSH) programme began, hundreds and thousands of people now have access to clean water and sanitation across Ethiopia, Liberia, Mozambique, Niger, Swaziland, Kenya and Uganda. While in Swaziland I was able to see the difference that this programme has made to local people. That’s why it’s my hope is to raise at least £1500 for the work SP are doing in Swaziland as I know it will go a long way in helping those who really need it.

alexName: Alex Nsengimana
Running for: Raising Families in Rwanda
Click here for Alex’s Giving page.
“I was born and raised in Rwanda, East Africa. My grandmother raised me because my mother died of HIV when I was very young. I never knew my father. Unfortunately, my grandmother and uncle were killed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and I had to flee in order to survive. After the genocide that claimed the lives of nearly one million Rwandans, I was placed in an orphanage where I sought refuge for several years.

I’m very thankful for the people that God used to help me get back on my feet while growing up. The knowledge and skills I’ve been taught stay with me today, but the greatest knowledge that was revealed to me is knowing, and inviting Jesus Christ into my heart.

It is my heart and prayer that many more children and families know how much their heavenly Father loves them. One of the ways families come to know how much their heavenly father loves them is through Samaritan’s Purse-United Kingdom’s project known as Raising Families. In a 3 year program, Raising Families mobilizes a local church to demonstrate Jesus’ love in a tangible way one family at a time. Through the project, many poor families are helped to get back on their feet. Families are equipped with knowledge and skills they need to use local resources to make a living.

LydiaName: Lydia Amartey
Running for: TOTT DfID Aid match campaign
Click here for Lydia’s Giving Page.

I have decided to do the crazy and participate in the London Marathon for Samaritan’s Purse. Working for SP I know all the hard work that goes into our campaigns and international relief.

I will be running for ‘Turn On The Tap’ which is aiming to bring clean water to over 20,000 people in Karamoja, Uganda by repairing and buildng 50 wells.  Karamoja is one of the poorest countries in the world and they have been in severe drought for the last four years.  You can only imagine– its a desperate situation!
Everyone deserves clean water to drink and use – and SP are aiming to help one well at a time! Even better is that ever pound donated will be matched by DFID from 1 Feb to 30th of April! It costs £15 to bring clean water to 1 person, so every little really helps!

AmberName: Amber Light
Running for: TGJ
Click here for Amber’s Giving Page.

Amber Light grew up in North Carolina and has been working for Samaritan’s Purse with Operation Christmas Child since 2011. She has been running for over 10 years and completed her first marathon last March.  Over the past four years, working for OCC, she has heard first-hand the amazing impact The Greatest Journey is having on the local church around the world. She can think of no better way to combine her love of running and TGJ, than to participate in the London Marathon.

GaryName: Gary Farnsworth
Running for: TOTT DfID Aid match campaign
Click here for Gary’s Giving Page.