The impetus for my journey began on March 11th, 2001. It was on this date that I lost my younger sister, Andrea at the young and tender age of 25 to complications from a gastric bypass. In 1991, I weighed 238 pounds after completing a successful college football career, but by 2003, I had permitted my weight to exceed 420 lbs. Years later in 2009 while residing in Georgia, I heard about a health ministry under Living Word Christian Center. I asked God to relocate me to Chicago, so that I could sit under Dr. Bill Winston and attend Living Word Christian Center.
Later in 2013, I had been living in Cherry Hill, New Jersey for a couple of years, and was under Pastors Ray and Tracey Barnard of Impacting Your World Christian Center. Drs. Bill and Veronica Winstonare their shepherds, and I learned about for the first time the Law of Confession. I created multiple confessions in February of 2013, and one was related to health transformation. I confessed daily 3 John 1:2, and that I was a fulfilled vegan running 5Ks, half and full marathons.
Relentless Rick, Courageous Calvin, and Supernatural Sharon aren’t a team of superheroes. At least not officially. But as leaders of the faith-based Kingdom Running Club (KRC), they do empower people to build strength—physical and spiritual—through distance racing.
When newbies join KRC, they choose an alliterative adjective describing a trait they aspire to embody. They also pick a motivating Bible verse. “The idea is to give you something to hold you up throughout a race,” says (Supernatural) Sharon Stewart, the club’s director.
I want to thank each and every one of you for making this running club such a great blessing in my life. I casually went into this and was challenged to become a runner. To my great surprise, I was able to do this. I was able to make progress throughout the entire program and thoroughly enjoyed the health benefits I have reaped. This was my first experience in running and it was great.
The desire for more of the word led me to Living Word last year. Pastor stated that the Kingdom Running Club will be running a marathon next Sunday. I thought to myself a running club yes this is where I’m supposed to be. My family was worried at first. Because 2015 marks 20 Years since my heart surgery and fiver years since I had a brain tumor removed.
I understood their concerns because I do have a tube in my brain and wires in my chest. But, the Bible says that the same spirt that raised Jesus from the dead lives on the inside of me; and that I can do all things through Christ who gives me the strength! The same God who healed me and continues to make ways out of no way, will help me run in this marathon. That’s exactly what He did!