Amy Compston, a 29-year-old mother of four, happily married wife and fulltime nurse in Ashland, Kentucky, has been running most of her life.
She runs for fun, for exercise, for fulfillment.
Some of that time, she admits, Amy was running away from God – she has had trials like every Christian. But her heart and life have changed and in a big way. She is now running for God, using the gift that He provided her to bring light to the world in any way she can.
Amy recently was among the top 15 percent of female finishers at the 2013 Boston Marathon, where her she and her family passed out more than 1,200 Bible tracts during the tragedy-marred event.
Some have asked where was God during this tragedy? But Amy knows where He was at because she saw Him at work during those dark days after the race.
Amy is asking her friends and anyone else who comes across this website to pray about what God may want them to give in her quest to assist the Penne Paris Nursery Schools in Moyo, Uganda. You can be involved by pledging something for every mile that Amy completes in the Ultra Marathon. For example, a pledge of 50 cents a mile would mean a $25 donation to UCE – and every penny will go to the schools.
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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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 in the New York City Marathon where she was among the top 10 percent of finishers overall. The journey started with Amy’s run in the Boston Marathon in April. She also ran in the Chicago Marathon in October. Those three marathons — New York, Boston and Chicago — are among six world marathons.
Scroll over the areas on the map to find out where Amy and Chris competed and how they did.