The Koinonia Trust - Full Marathon

Bringing beauty out of ashes.

This is the motto of the Koinonia Trust, inspired from Isaiah 61:1-3. It is an organization in Liberia that supports the healing and rehabilitation of people who have experienced trauma and brokenness in their lives. The Koinonia Trust is a local Liberian non-government organization (NGO) and is a peer-led project. It focuses on those living in disadvantaged communities, and uses different methods that nurture new hope into the lives of Liberians.

I first met Frances Swaray on a mission trip to Liberia in the summer of 2017. Frances has been faithfully serving in West Africa since 2016. During my trip, I was inspired by her heart for the Lord, compassion for the people there, and relentless drive to see change occur. In March 2018, her dreams of the Koinonia Trust came to life and the organization was established. At the time Frances asked me to serve as a non-executive board director. I happily joined, and have been a part of the team since then.

COVID-19 has brought on numerous challenges for the Trust, but God has been extremely faithful and has allowed the work in Liberia to continue. With this, there are still financial needs to be met for the organization. These are the specific areas within the Koinonia Trust that need financial support:

Community Projects

- The Koinonia Trust football Club ($220 per year)
- The Koinonia Trust choir ($70 per month)
- Hand dug water well with pump ($3000 per well) 

Trauma Healing

- Apprentice facilitator training ($150 per participant)
- Trauma healing training ($150 per participant)
- Companion booklet + Bible ($15 per participant)


- Vocational training
- Training for tailoring & tie dye ($100 per month)
- Training for electrician, mechanic, & catering ($200-$700 per year)
- Class supervisors ($50 per advisor)
- University costs for a student ($600-$1300 per year)
- Additional educational materials ($500 per year)

Organization Training

- Refreshments for morning classes ($20 per class)
- Refreshments for all-day workshop ($100 per workshop)

(Here is more information about the projects:

This Spring, I have decided to train for a full marathon with the purpose of raising awareness and financially supporting the Koinonia Trust. I am scheduled to run it on April 14th. With my busy travel schedule for work, I am viewing this not as a setback but rather an opportunity to train daily with others safely and share the work that is being done in Liberia and the finances needed to support it. I am asking people to consider giving through one of these ways:

50¢ per mile ($13 total)

$1 per mile ($26 total)

$2 per mile ($52 total)

$3 per mile ($78 total)

Any form of giving is greatly appreciated. Would you consider donating in one of these four ways to help advance the amazing work in Liberia, as we seek to bring beauty out of ashes?

The Koinonia Trust Website 

Social Media


***All funds raised will go directly to sustaining the work of the Koinonia Trust***
  • Ethan Smith 
    • $52 
    • 17 mos
  • Gina Sheets 
    • $100 
    • 17 mos
  • Katie Thompson 
    • $10 
    • 17 mos
  • Pam Orr 
    • $270 
    • 17 mos
  • Phillp Smith 
    • $100 
    • 17 mos
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Fundraising team (5)

Luke Smith 
Raised $1,092 from 14 donations
Lebanon, IN
Mick Allsop 
Team member
Raised $75 from 1 donation
Anna Connolly 
Team member
Frances Swaray 
Team member
Sean O'Boyle 
Team member