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Amy on a recent trip to Africa

AFA reaches $52,000 for Samaritan's Feet

26,000 shoes will be delivered during an Amy For Africa mission to Moyo, Uganda
Friends and family run along with Amy during a marathon
Amy talks to a group during a service in Ashland, Ky.'s Central Park
Amy runs in a marathon

About Amy For Africa

The Amy For Africa mission was started in May 2013 by marathon runner Amy Compston and journalist Mark Maynard. It is a fundraising arm for UCE and a tool to share God's love.

What is UCE?

United Christian Expeditions (UCE), is a non-profit organization based in Ashland, Ky., that provides aid to areas in Africa including Uganda, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.

How you can help?

AFA is asking anyone who sees this to pray about what God may want them to give to aid children in Africa. You can feed and educate a child for a year with a donation of only $45.

AFA's outreach

Part of Amy For Africa's mission is to provide featured news, AFA team marathon results and personal profile, and other related topics and events surrounding the mission.



Chris Compston speeds to PR in BAA 5K in Boston

BOSTON – Chris Compston ran his fastest 5K in the prestigious Boston Athletic Association 5K on a sunny Saturday. Compston, the husband of Amy For Africa co-founder Amy Compston, ran a speedy 20:30 in the 5K to finish 461st out of 8,892 runners. That put him...

Forecast for Boston Marathon: Rainy, windy and full of praise

BOSTON – Days of training in the rain and snow may pay off for Amy Compston in Monday’s Boston Marathon. The forecast for the marathon calls for 100 percent chance of rain with 21 mph winds. Compston, who will be running in her third consecutive Boston Marathon, is...

Boston Marathon still brings out emotions in Compston

By MARK MAYNARD / Amy For Africa BOSTON — Amy Compston still gets emotional even thinking about the Boston Marathon. On Monday, the woman who is the face of Amy For Africa will be competing in her third consecutive Boston Marathon — and fifth world marathon — on...

Keeping your eyes on the cross

By MARK MAYNARD ASHLAND, Ky. – On Tuesday afternoon my assignment – given to me by myself – was to find the man with the cross. I’d talked with him on his cellphone and had a general proximity of where the man carrying the cross was going to be. He was...

Mission to Moyo team adds another member

ASHLAND, Ky. -The Mission to Moyo team has grown to a dozen with the addition of Whitney Saucedo from Samaritan’s Feet. Whitney will be joining with the Amy For Africa organization to help in the distribution of 26,000 pairs of shoes in Moyo from May 17 to...

Team AFA runners strut their stuff

GREENUP, Ky. -Team Amy For Africa runners got the spring season off to a rousing start on Saturday, including many who participated in the Samaritan’s Feet Shoes of Hope 5K at the Greenup Fairgrounds. Here are some of the highlights: Rob and Lori Hale...

AFA reaches Samaritan’s Feet shoe goal

ASHLAND, Ky. — The blessings of a generous northeastern Kentucky community are going to be spilling into Moyo, Uganda in two months when Amy For Africa takes 26,000 shoes into the impoverished area. The nonprofit organization reached its goal of raising $52,000 to...

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In the words of the author ...

When the first six months of this Amy For Africa mission came to an end with Amy Compston finishing second in the Nashville 50-mile Ultra Marathon on November 2, 2013, it became a time of looking back on what was truly a spiritual journey.

I have been a Christian for 45 years and have always tried to talk the talk and walk the walk. I have served in church leadership roles, taught Sunday School, been the Sunday School director, served as chairman of the deacons, volunteered whenever asked, led the music in services and tried to encourage a brother or sister whenever they needed it. But never in my life of trying to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ had He taken me to this spiritual place. In all honesty, this was a spiritual high for me in every way.

The six months leading up to the Ultra Marathon was full of miracles. We watched lives being changed and we saw God working without us even asking. We saw him open wallets and purses when we went to speak in churches without ever mentioning an offering. We were being used by Almighty God in a powerful way and it was amazing.

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