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Amy on a recent trip to Africa

AFA teams with Samritans Feet

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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.



AFA partnering with Samaritan’s Feet

ASHLAND, Ky. – Amy For Africa will partner with Samaritan’s Feet in 2015 to put shoes on 26,000 feet in impoverished Moyo, Uganda next May. Samaritan’s Feet founder Manny Ohnome and AFA co-founders Amy Compston and Mark Maynard and their spouses, Chris and Beth,...

West Virginia Trilogy’s 95 miles in 3 days next challange

ASHLAND, Ky. – It wouldn’t be Amy For Africa without a dramatic running event for 2015. This year, marathoners Chris and Amy Compston will be taking on some West Virginia mountains in the West Virginia Trilogy on Oct. 9-11 in Circleville, W.Va. It’s a three-day...

Taking Amy For Africa cross country

Taking Amy For Africa across the country in 2014 Amy For Africa marathon runners Amy and Chris Compston embarked on a challenge back in April to run eight marathons in eight different states in eight months. The mission was completed in November when Amy competed...

Amy Compston in December Runner’s World magazine

ASHLAND, Ky. – Amy For Africa co-founder Amy Compston is in the December issue of Runner’s World magazine. The marathoner who is the face and feet behind the Amy For Africa mission was eighth in community voting for a cover contest last summer. Compston was third...

Recap of Amy For Africa marathon season

Here is a recap of the marathon season for Amy For Africa’s Amy and Chris Compston. It started back in April with the Boston Marathon and finished the first Saturday in November with the New York City Marathon. Twenty-thousand gospel tracts were also passed out...

A 5K walk to remember

By MARK MAYNARD/ The Independent Let’s face it: You have to be opportunistic in life. I mean, how many times, if ever, do you have the chance to walk hand in hand with the love of your life down the middle of the road in New York City? It happened for me on...

AFA runner Chris Compston sizzles in NY 5K

NEW YORK ­– Chris Compston was 301st out of 7,424 finishers in the Dash to the Finish Line 5K at the New York City Marathon last weekend. Ten runners representing Amy For Africa participated in the 5K a day before the NYC Marathon. The race took runners through...

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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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