Heroes..

Looks pretty unremarkable, doesn’t it. A small, well thumbed devotional with Psalm 23 (The Lord’s my shepherd) in Korean and a signature. But it’s one of my prized possessions…

Hea Woo is one of the most remarkable ladies I have met. Now in her early 70’s she is a pocket dynamo of passion for Jesus and people. Hea Woo lost her husband and child and spent a number of years in a North Korean prison camp in appalling conditions with death, disease and desperation all around. Yet she shared what little rice she had, helped the sick and established a very small church which if discovered would have been a death sentence. The only safe place to meet was in the putrid toilet where guards wouldn’t go.

I will keep posting about my activities but it is for extraordinary people like Hea Woo that I do it.

Preparations….

First post in a few days but a lot has been happening behind the scenes!

My new boots have arrived and been tried out, together with a old rucksack. Just a bit more wearing in to do. Ordered a Cape (vermilion in colour!) that covers the rucksack and to make me feel really old I’m waiting the arrival of my seniors railcard! Happy days though-a bit like being a student I can now get 30% off train fares 🥳 And all the accommodation is booked 😊 In a fortnight I will be walking.

The virtual Great North Run is now only 4 weeks away. Did a 14 mile training run yesterday so I know I can do the distance. Got totally soaked but nice it was cooler 🏃‍♂️ Tried my new Garmin watch too.

Thanks for your interest and support. There are many around the world-in concentration camps in North Korea; shipping containers in Eritrea and prisons in Iran who would love my freedom to walk, run and worship. It is a privilege to support and stand alongside them. When everything seems a bit daunting, which it does at times, it’s good to think of this bigger picture..

Accommodation update

Yesterday I visited my brother in Suffolk and did around 6 miles walking; the previous day I ran nearly 9 and walked about 5. Sat at the desk today though.

About £260 raised so far which is a good start.

Was really fed up and frustrated about lack of progress on accommodation for the Pilgrims Way walk on Friday night. Was getting nowhere. Then I believe God prompted me on Saturday to investigate travelodge’s and Premier Inn’s and remarkably there are a number close to the route. So 7 out of 8 nights now sorted 😁 Just need the new boots to arrive early though I do have good shoes.

Do feel free to contact me if you have any thoughts or questions or to pass this blog on.

UCB Radio

I had the privilege of speaking about 60@60 on “This is my story” on UCB2 radio today. Thanks Ruth O’Reilly Smith!

Getting accommodation for the Pilgrims way walk is challenging at the moment.

The picture below reminds us of the need to stand up for the many who have lost their jobs and are being denied food because of their faith @opendoorsuk.org

A first blog…

This is my first attempt at blogging. My site needs loads of work on it but I’ve started. Wanted to at least start the ball rolling. I turn 60 on Wednesday and want to spend a year doing a couple of challenges as well a variety of different things-60 of them. You can even make suggestions! And most of all I want to raise £6 000 for persecuted Christians around the world by supporting the work of Open Doors, a fantastic charity. Will you help and become part of it? Here it is

– a just giving page…. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AdrianSmith6060