This one’s for the ladies: Running 25K for Dorcas Ministries

Women like Dorcas in the Bible inspire me.

“Who?” you might ask.

Dorcas (Tabitha) doesn’t normally get a spot on the “pivotal women of the Bible” list. But that doesn’t make her any less important. Here’s her story:

Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. – Acts 9:36-42 (ESV)

Six verses. That’s all it takes to show what kind of woman Dorcas was. She was a woman of deep faith and generosity, she had already achieved standing as a disciple in the early church and she was loved. She holds a place as one of only a handful of Biblical references to someone being raised from the dead.

Her story inspires me.

Skills training graduation ceremony

And that’s why I’m dedicating my 25K trail run to Dorcas Ministries, an SIM outreach based in Nairobi, Kenya. The ministry’s goal is to empower women, mostly in the slum areas. More info here.

Established in 2001, the ministry’s initial target group has been pastor’s wives whose husbands did not receive enough money from slum churches to support their families.

Through classes in leadership, business skills, marriage counseling and community health, the ministry equips these women to be effective church leaders and teaches them entrepreneurial skills to help them provide for their families.

How can you help?

Many women do not have the money to enroll in these classes. A scholarship of $140 will train one woman in 21 different entrepreneurial skills (like tie and dye, yoghurt, detergents, hair and beauty products).

By the time I run the race on April 21, I would like to have at least $700 pledged – or enough to fund the training of five women.

As I rack up the training miles for this race, I am inspired by these women – and others like Dorcas. And it doesn’t hurt that both names, Dorcas and Tabitha, translate into “gazelle.” (c:

Twenty-five days to raise $700?

It’s possible – but only with your help. You can pledge $1 or $2 per kilometer – or whatever amount you wish. Just fill out the form below.

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