I’m Elaine Milsark and this will be my fifth year to walk the Portland Marathon Half to benefit NOE. Our family has been connected to NOE through Damascus Community Church and Damascus Christian School, where I teach sixth grade. DCC/DCS has sent mission teams to Morelia twice since I’ve been on staff and our family has hosted three Dream Team students since 2010. DCS has also hosted two exchange students from NOE, which was a wonderful experience for all of us. Our family is excited about what God is doing through His people at NOE.
This will be my 17th Half Marathon! I’m slow, and it seems I get a little slower each year, but I’ve always finished (so far!) I’m the proverbial tortoise of the team but I enjoy supporting NOE. Last year was a long, rainy, miserable walk but I kept myself going by imagining that at each milepost, I was able to sit down and write a check to NOE for 1/13 of the funds I had raised through generous supporters. That was highly motivating! Hopefully, the weather will be better this year but I’ll be out on the course, rain or shine, near the back. Please join my team by sponsoring me, and praying for all of us walkers and runners as we train.
Elaine and NOE teacher Claudia Rios
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