BOSTON – Team Amy For Africa was on the move in Boston on Saturday.
The day started with AFA runners Chris Compston, Amy’s husband, and Amanda Evans, Amy’s sister, running in the Boston Athletic Association 5K on a sun-drenched morning in downtown Boston.
Chris ran the 5K in a personal best of 20:40 unofficially while Amanda showed grit to the finish in running under 38 minutes. They were part of a record 10,000 runners who participated in the race.
The American spirit was most certainly showing through one year after the bombings stunned the nation at last year’s Boston Marathon.
It was one year ago Friday that Amy Compston registered for a 50-mile ultra-marathon in Nashville with the idea of running for missions. Not long afterward, she and Mark Maynard began the Amy For Africa mission that benefited United Christian Expeditions efforts in Moyo, Uganda.
The AFA mission is still going strong with nearly $51,000 raised in 11 months. Team AFA is on a mission itself in the United States with a goal of handing out 10,000 gospel tracts during the next eight months.
Amy’s run in the Boston Marathon on Monday will be the first of 14 marathon that she and her husband plan to run from now until November. She will also continue to speak at churches and raise funds for Moyo.
Amy, always true to her word, was handing out God’s word through the tracts like they were candy on Saturday prior to the Boston 5K. The team has paraded through the city wearing AFA gear and armed with tracts that were purchased by Landmark Baptist Church in Winchester, Kentucky.
Saturday was also a play day for Team AFA as they visited Fenway Park for a game between the Red Sox and Orioles. Boston won 4-2 and many tracts were handed out in Yawkey Way beside the 102-year-old stadium before and after the game.
Tracts have mostly been taken with a smile. So far, Team AFA has passed out more than 700 with two more days remaining in Boston. On Saturday alone, Team AFA clocked in more than eight miles walking.
The plan for Easter is to attend church in the morning and do some sightseeing in the afternoon.
The marathon, of course, is Monday.