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Outrageous self-expression often starts, stops at home (6/13/04)

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Runner raises $5,200 for Convoy of Hope

By Dan Van Veen (6/13/04)

On April 19, Convoy of Hope made its way through the unseasonably hot, sun-baked streets and suburbs of Boston in an effort to raise awareness and financial support for the ministry.

Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets, some calling out, “Go Convoy of Hope,” in a traveling sea of humanity. Before the temperature soared to 85 degrees, Convoy of Hope moved through the crowded streets at a respectable 7-plus miles per hour.

Some call the 26.2-mile methodical and demanding journey through the packed streets of Bean Town grueling, even crazy. Others simply refer to it as the Boston Marathon.

Earlier this year, Barry Corey, who attends Calvary Temple Assembly of God in Lynnfield, Mass., began training for what many runners view as the pinnacle of races.

“This has been a lifelong dream,” says Corey, an Evangel University graduate. But as Corey’s training for his first marathon began, he decided running for the sake of running wasn’t enough. He took the opportunity to do something to add eternal significance.

When Corey, who is vice president for education and academic dean at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass., started training in January, he devised a plan to use the marathon as a fund-raiser for Convoy. He became a board member of the Springfield, Mo., compassion ministry in February.

Corey signed up 50 supporters for the cause and finished the course in 4:08.42, resulting in $5,200 worth of pledges. Corey wore a nylon shirt with “Convoy of Hope” printed in large letters across the front. When some of the more than half a million spectators yelled out the name of the ministry as he ran it served as an incentive to keep going. Of the close to 18,000 people who started the marathon, more than 1,200 failed to finish.

“Barry put his faith into action by running the Boston Marathon on behalf of poor and suffering people in America and around the world,” says COH President Hal Donaldson. “God wants to give believers ideas like this to raise the awareness of a need and to make a tangible difference.”

Corey couldn’t train for the unseasonably hot conditions during the cold New England spring. Nevertheless, he crossed the finish line in 9,374th place — about mid-pack — and raised nearly enough money to fill an entire COH semitrailer with food and provisions.

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