NO PASSING – Racing for Orphans

Many of us know someone, or may be someone, who has been blessed through adoption. I know several families that have been made more complete and people whoseproj_icon_ah lives have become more rich by this special gift.

Most of you reading this blog are also familiar with the English prefix, eco. You may not know that the term originates from the the ancient Greek word, oikos. Oikos indicates the family, the family’s property, and the house, or household. It makes perfect sense that when we refer to ecology, we are really talking about our common home. I have noticed that many who are passionate about caring for the environment are also passionate about caring for people, our family.

My son, Parker, and I will be making our own special offering toward promoting caring for our family in a few weeks. We have teamed up with Heart of The Bride, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping provide for the needs of orphans around the world, to race in the Coosa River Challenge.

We have competed in this event several times in the past and have taken first place in the family division twice (we have hand-painted paddles to prove it). IMG_2941We want to share that glory this year and be rewarded with more than trophies and sore muscles – the race takes us over 3-1/2 hours to complete.

Our goal is to raise over $1,000 for HOB’s Adoption Aid Grant and we need your help.

Please take a minute to look into Heart of the Bride’s work, then visit our FUNDRAISING PAGE. Give as much or as little as you can. It takes about 15 seconds to contribute. We would also appreciate a LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter share or like when you have time.

May God bless you for all that you do to help care for our common home.

Barry and Parker


  • A previous post featuring the Coosa River Challenge with photos
  • Video from the 2014 Coosa River Challenge



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