Three teenaged guys from Waverly, IA have big summer plans: running across the state. Their 21-day journey will take them 350 miles–on foot and bicycle–through Iowa cities like Hull, Sheldon, Sanborn, Primghar, Hartley, Spencer, Spirit Lake and Milford… and that’s just in the first week.
Beginning TODAY, Brad Wylam, Scott Van Daalen and Ethan Wise are trekking to raise money for the ELCA Malaria Campaign and the United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria Campaign. They call their team “Running from Malaria”, and it’s their way of making their summer vacation meaningful. “When we started Running from Malaria, we had been thinking and praying for something we could do,” they share on their Facebook page, “and by the Grace of God, He gave us this.”
Brad and Scott are members of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Waverly, which has been actively raising money for the ELCA Malaria Campaign; Ethan is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Waverly, where his mother is the pastor.
Along their journey, Running from Malaria will be stopping at Lutheran and Methodist churches to teach and raise awareness about malaria and what Lutherans and Methodists in the United States are doing about it.
Along the way, their theme song gives them renewed energy. “Brother I’ll Keep Running” (which you can listen to here) is written and sung by Colton Wagner, who graduated a few weeks ago from Wartburg College in Waverly.
Local media have been quick to pick up on this great story. Check out this article from KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa, for example!
I’ve been following their preparations on their Facebook page, and I’d love it if you did the same. Join their friends, family and fans in sending them some encouragement for the journey! Running From Malaria also has a great website.
Let’s do our best to support the Running From Malaria Team on their journey (and pray for great weather along the way)!
– Jessica Nipp Hacker, ELCA Malaria Campaign Coordinator