Run for Orphans in Lashio, Myanmar

When I got there, it was by far the poorest place I've seen. The kids had 2-3 pairs of clothing, usually ate only rice and hot sauce, and lived in a shack that technically could get destroyed anytime by strong weather. Just heavy rain seeps into where they sleep as it is right now. 

But this isn't another poor hungry child with a mosquito flying message :P. It's the hope and greatness of God I saw. 

I had it all wrong when I started feeling sorry for the kids. They genuinely believed they had a great life because they had food, shelter, and more importantly a lot of them knew who God is. 

The orphans were left by their parents who just didn't have any more to raise up their child.

The pastor and family who take care of the 30 orphans are second generational Christians whose family came to know Christ through a missionary that went to Myanmar in the early 1900's. 

So his desire is for all the orphans to know God and go through bible school & discipleship. Though only about half of them are Christians, they all still praise & worship usually at night.

The pastor and a few of the orphans in discipleship school regularly go out to remote mountains where those kids literally have nothing. They go to share with those kids Christ and gave them what little clothing and food they had themselves. They also help them build shelters. 

On this last trip, 10 of the disciples went out and came back jacked up- with bugs eating their flesh, no clean water, food, etc. But they invited the kids to come back to the orphanage for a VBS camp that one of my friend's church was hosting. 

This morning I got the attached photo from the camp. The room was packed to the brim, and I just found out there were 260 kids who traveled over 3-5 hours just to participate and hear about Jesus for the first time in their lives. 

10 kids went out and 260 kids came back! To me, that's unimaginable... 

But I realize God is really doing a magnificent work that's far better than what I could have ever imagined. And with that, it gives me a lot of hope, encouragement, & joy... 

Here's a quick video I made of the orphanage:
Orphanage in Myanmar 

Background / History

In 2008, our team went to a small village in Gutian, China where they stayed with an orphanage for a few days. It was up in the mountains, our hearts began to stir for underprivileged children, particularly those deserted by their parents due to poverty or other reasons.

In 2009-2010, our team went again to Fuzhou and Xiamen China to visit two orphanages with children with various disabilities. It was there, we knew we wanted to dedicate our lives to something much greater than just ourselves or the American Dream.

Between 2011-2018, our team worked in various fields/industries before founding an event company producing runs around the U.S. and serving over a quarter million participants.

From 2018-2019, our team had the opportunity to visit an orphanage in Myanmar and an orphanage in Taiwan where we began to do our best to meet the needs of basic necessities such as food and housing for the people there.

Our Mission: 

To love others deeply and care for the underprivileged people in this world through looking beyond just the comforts of our own lives and walking in faithfulness in the opportunities we see around us. 

You can see the 3 causes we aim to support at The Best Races .
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