This fall is a season for physical challenges on behalf of a good cause.
Today, I will be playing in the annual golf tournament for the Fairfax County Good News Jail Ministry. I started teaching classes for Good News in 1998, then joined the board of directors. We are a motley collection of church and business leaders (not sure where I fit in). Our budget is modest but the goals are high. The purpose of Good News is to engage motivated inmates in a structured program of adult education and Bible Study so as to show them a life beyond crime. Anyway, it’s a great ministry and I’m proud to be a part of it. I mention that because it’s been under attack recently by the ACLU which has accused county jails of giving it “preferential” treatment — as opposed to Aryan Brotherhood, I guess. I’ll let readers draw their own conclusions as to the merits of that case.
Then October 28th, I’m fulfilling a longtime goal of running in the Marine Corps Marathon. I’m not doing it alone. Instead, I’m doing it as part of the “Friends of Michael” team (www.friends4michael.org). Michael Kwinn was a young man who passed at an early age (14) due to brain cancer. Michael did not feel sorry for himself. His wish was that people use his death to raise funds to help those with cancer. So that’s what the team members will be doing when we run the MCM next month. It’s my first marathon. If you’re willing to sponsor me (in any amount), email me back at firstname.lastname@example.org.