It was a beautiful Fall day to hold our first Out Run Poverty here in Edmonton, Alberta on October 15 at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park. We had over 200 people attend this event from churches, universities, schools, and the community. Students from Millwoods Christian School, Stathcona Christian Academy, the Kings University College and Christian Campus groups took part in the run.
The fun run, which marked Micah Sunday on October 16, was headed by Liz John-West, MC Chairperson. She spoke about the need for our the Canadian government to fulfill their promise of giving 0.7% of their budget to eradicate extreme poverty. The run also had John Hiemstra, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Political Studies talk about what scripture says about Jesus’ heart for the poor.
Finally, the run hosted “Music Is A Weapon”, an Edmonton-based non-profit organization dedicated to empowering communities through art. They had a bicycle-powered system to generate energy for the power needs of the event. Participants took turns continuously riding the bikes so the power wouldn’t run out!
Holle Band, an all women’s Christian band, played songs which signified the place of God in our lives.
Everyone who attended prayed the MC prayer out loud and placed our thumb prints on postcards which were mailed to the Prime Minister of Canada. The postcards asked the government to fulfill its promises made to the poor through the Millennium Development Goals.
After the run, 8 booths were set up which had information on the 8 MDG’s. School groups, youth groups, and churches created these interactive information stations. People had a chance to visit the different booths, enjoy hot chocolate and snacks, and fellowship with other people who resonate with the call to help the poor.
The event was a great success – with a larger turnout than we expected! We rejoiced and thanked God for the beautiful sunny weather, smooth flow of events, and the chance to share the Micah Challenge mission with so many people.